China’s Claim to the South China Sea

Akshan de Alwis Diplomatic Courier, November 27, 2015 On July 7, a high-profile legal team representing the Philippines began oral arguments at the five-judge Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague. The issue at hand: China’s claim to the South China Sea. It was the first time that China’s claim to nearly 90% of…

Myanmar moves into Unchartered territory

NOVEMBER 12, 2015, Stratfor.com Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) appears to have won a landslide victory in the country’s historic Nov. 8 elections — the first nationwide general elections Myanmar has seen since 1990. The vote is a triumph for the NLD’s leader, democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent the better…

India – ASEAN Relations

  Geographically South-East Asian states are nearer to India, but politically both the entities came closer only after the bipolar structure of the Cold War era world collapsed. ASEAN’s pro-western orientation during its establishment (1962) led India to wonder about organization’s true purpose, esp. in the context of British decision to withdraw from the east…