Opinions

The Centre posts on its Website opinions related to ASEAN by Centre researchers, persons affiliated with ISEAS or the Centre, and by others. The opinions expressed are their own and not necessarily those of ISEAS or the Centre.  

Nikkei Asian Review: Experts call for ASEAN unity on South China Sea ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 25 October 2017 can be accessed here.

The Globe Post: ASEAN Lacks Unity as Need to Address Rohingya Crisis Grows 
ASC's Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted on Korea Times on 9 October 2017. Click here to read more. 

The Malaysian Reserves: After 5 decades — doing away with the ASEAN way? 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 9 October 2017 can be accessed here.

Korea Times: ASEAN nations need to curb exchanges with N. Korea 
ASC's Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted on Korea Times on 25 September 2017. Click here to read more. 

ISEAS Perspective: ASEAN Single Window: Advancing Trade Facilitation for Regional Integration 
by Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

Nasdaq: SE Asian economies get a lift from China. Later, they may get the bill 
ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das was quoted on The Straits Times on 7 September 2017 can be read here.

The Straits Times: Myanmar crisis: Humanitarian effort by ASEAN a possibility 
Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 7 September 2017 can be accessed here.

Rappler: At 50, ASEAN faces unpleasant reality check ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 27 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: How can RCEP benefit ASEAN?
by Sanchita Basu Das and Pham Thi Phuong Thao for TODAY published on 25 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: The ASEAN Charter: Evolutionary or revolutionary? 
by Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for TODAY published on 19 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: The promise and perils of democratising ASEAN 
by Moe Thuzar and Nur Aziemah for TODAY published on 17 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN centrality is meaningless if group lacks trust of others
by Tang Siew Mun & Jason Salim for TODAY published on 15 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: EU no role model, but holds lessons for ASEAN
by Hoang Thi Ha for TODAY published on 11 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN’s decent track record in working for the common good 
by Moe Thuzar for TODAY published on 9 August 2017 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Economic Community a solid pathway to prosperity 
by Dr Tham Siew Yean for TODAY published on 7 August 2017 can be accessed here.

SEA Views: Why a strong ASEAN is essential for region 
by Dr Pongphisoot (Paul) Busbarat for The Straits Times can be read here.

ISEAS Commentary: "ASEAN Convenes High-Level Security Talks Amidst Regional Uncertainties" 
by Tang Siew Mun and Jason Salim can be accessed here.

The Straits Times: ASEAN keeps readers riveted at Big Read Meet 
ASC's Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted on The Straits Times on 31 July 2017. Click here to read more. 

ISEAS Commentary: "A Futile Call: Making Bahasa Melayu ASEAN’s Official Language" 
by Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Why are sanctions on N. Korea not working?
 ASC's Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted on Korea Times on 27 July 2017. Click here to read more. 

Khmer Times: Promoting an inclusive ASEAN 
Dr Vannarith Chheang was quoted in this article published on 24 July 2017 can be accessed here.

VOA Exclusive: ASEAN, China Expected to Endorse Initial Code of Conduct in South China Sea 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article published on 25 July 2017 can be accessed here.

Nikkei Asian Review: Prospects fade for ASEAN migrant worker deal
Moe Thuzar was quoted in this article published on 22 July 2017 can be accessed here.

VOA News: US Pivots Back to Hard Line on China Over Disputed Sea Dr Termsak was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

ISEAS Perspective: Trade Facilitation Synergies between WTO and ASEAN Initiatives 
by Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

Financial Times: Japan sends biggest warship on Southeast Asia mission 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

TODAY: Trump’s Asia retreat leaves room for new regional order
 ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

TODAY: SMEs urged to transform their businesses to ride on digital wave
 Sanchita Basu Das was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

NHK World: NRT Focus - ASEAN: Between Superpowers ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

The Straits Times: Why James Mattis' reassurance fell a little short ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

The Diplomat: The US Needs ASEAN in Its New Asia Strategy by Vannarith Chheang published on 6 June 2017 can be read here.

ISEAS Perspective: What does it take to join ASEAN? 
by Moe Thuzar can be read here.

United ASEAN the best way to keep US engaged in region 
by Tang Siew Mun for TODAY Commentary section published on 19 May 2017 can be accessed here.

The Straits Times: ASEAN-China draft framework for South China Sea code completed 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

TODAY: China, ASEAN agree on code of conduct framework in South China Sea ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

TODAY: Duterte wants ASEAN to include Turkey, Mongolia ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted in this article. Click here to read more.

US steps up SE Asia effort but survey points to China sway ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Financial Times article. Click here to read more.

TODAY: America no longer seen as a dependable ally: ASEAN survey
 ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on TODAY article published on 5 May 2017. Click here to read more.

TODAY: ISEAS poll shows low trust for China in region 
ASC's Lead Researcher II (Political & Security Affairs) Hoang Thi Ha was quoted on TODAY. Click here to read more.

ASEAN, China need reality check on South China Sea issue 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for TODAY Commentary section published on 19 April 2017 can be accessed here.

Will RCEP be a reality by the end of 2017? 
ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das was quoted on The Straits Times on 23 April 2017 can be read here.

ISEAS Perspective: The End of the TPP: Symptoms of American Decline and ASEAN’s Response 
by Shaun Narine can be read here.

United ASEAN the best way to keep US engaged in region 
by Hoang Thi Ha for TODAY Commentary section published on 19 April 2017 can be accessed here.

Realism needed on S China Sea code of conduct 
by Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for TODAY Commentary section published on 31 March 2017 can be accessed here.

ISEAS Perspective: The 2017 ASEAN Foreign Ministers Retreat: Outlining ASEAN’s Discussions about the South China Sea 
by Hoang Thi Ha. Click here to read more.

ISEAS Perspective: De-Globalisation Sentiment Carries Risks for ASEAN Economies 
by Sanchita Basu Das. Click here to read more.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Foreign Ministers Set for a Tough Year Ahead
 by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

Questions raised about ASEAN’s practicality ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Nation published on 17 February 2016. Click here to read more.

ISEAS Perspective: The Future of Trade Diplomacy in East Asia 
by ASC's Sanchita Basu Das. Click here to read it.

Q&A: Tang Siew Mun on the Legacy of the Obama Administration in ASEAN, One Year After the Sunnylands Summit 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was interviewed by VOA Khmer published on 10 February 2017. Click here to read more.

PH reconciliation with China reduced tension in SCS, good for ASEAN
 ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on ABS-CBN News published on January 31st 2017. Click here to read more.

Rohingya crisis is another headache for ASEAN ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Nikkei Asian Review published on 26 January 2017. Click here to read more.

ISEAS Perspective: Challenges for Indonesia to achieve its Maritime Connectivity Plan and Leverage on Regional Initiatives by ISEAS Fellow Siwage Dharma Negara and ASC's Sanchita Basu Das. Click here to read it.

ASEAN could bear fallout from giants’ dispute over South China Sea 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on TODAY article published on 4 Jan 2017. Click here to read more.

Five Decades of ASEAN: The History of a Political Miracle
 by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 27 Dec 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN Spotlight: ASEAN Student Progams Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was featured on ChannelnewsAsia's half-hour news magazine programme showcasing how ASEAN affects the lives of ordinary people across the region. Click here to watch the video.

Rohingya plight now an ASEAN issue 
Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on Bangkok Post Opinion section published on 27 Dec 2016. Click here to read.

What can ASEAN do about the Rohingya crisis? 
by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha for TODAY Commentary section published on 22 December 2016 can be accessed here.

ISEAS Perspective -  Issue No. 70: Rakhine Crisis Challenges ASEAN's Non-Interference Principle by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha and Visiting Senior Fellow, Ye Htut published on 21 December 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN should keep engaging Myanmar on Rohingyas: Experts -
 ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha shared her thoughts with the Straits Times published on 21 December 2016 can be viewed here.

COMMENTARY: Stumbling Blocks to RCEP 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Managing the Rohingya Issue through Quiet Diplomacy by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis is ASEAN’s Responsibility by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 8 Dec 2016 can be accessed here. 

COMMENTARY:
 Fate of TPP and Other Possible Configurations by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

South-east Asia needs a reset on trade deals by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for the Straits Times published 17 November 2016 can be accessed here.

China tries chequebook diplomacy in Southeast Asia 
ASC Head Dr Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Financial Times in an article published on 8 November 2016. Click here to read more.

Myanmar, ASEAN and the United States: New Directions under a Trump Presidency? 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar published on Mizzima published on 15 November 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN-US Relations: Can the Momentum be Maintained? by ISEAS Fellow Hoang Thi Ha for the Straits Times published on 5th November 2016 can be accessed here.

Obama's legacy in South-east Asia by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun along with other scholars in ISEAS share their viewpoints on Obama's legacy in South-east Asia in a two-part series Straits Times feature published on 4th and 5th November 2016. Click here to read more.

Unshackling ASEAN by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep for Project Syndicate published on 3 November 2016 can be accessed here.

Duterte’s shift towards Beijing spells more trouble for ASEAN centrality 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow Dr Malcolm Cook was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 28 October 2016 can be accessed here.

The Duterte challenge for ASEAN 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for The Straits Times published on 28 October 2016 can be accessed here.

ISEAS Perspective “Can ASEAN Overcome the ‘Consensus Dilemma’ over the South China Sea?” by ISEAS Fellow Le Hong Hiep
 on 24 October 2016 can be accessed here. 

Duterte’s personal game could lead to choppier waters for Asean by ISEAS Senior Fellow Malcolm Cook 
for TODAY published on 24 October 2016Click here for the full article.

ASEAN needs some serious soul-searching on its ties with a friend showing signs of increasing assertiveness 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun For The Straits Times published on 8 October 2016. Click here for the full article.

When Duterte meets ASEAN 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook published in TODAY on 21 September 2016 can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Questions on China’s Friendship Treaty Proposal 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Kicks-in the Next Phase of Regional Connectivity
 by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.  

Six takeaways from ASEAN summits 
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for The Straits Times S.E.A View shares the six takeaways from the ASEAN summits can be read here

COMMENTARY: ASEAN’s RCEP Dilemma 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook can be accessed here.

Strategic trust crucial in China-ASEAN ties 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

Little room for ASEAN to move in maritime dispute
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times which appeared on 10 September 2016 can be accessed here.

Second Eastern Economic Forum results meet all expectations of guests and organizers
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on Penzanews in an article published on 8 September 2016. Click here to read more.

COMMENTARY: Taking Baby Steps in the South China Sea 
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

ASEAN, China introduce measures to dial down tensions in South China Sea
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 7 September 2016. Click here to read more.

Making the Cues code work in the South China Sea
by ASC's Fellow Hoang Thi Ha in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 8 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: The Case of the Missing Civil Society Organisations (CSO) at the ASEAN Summit 
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

Obama to play key role at ASEAN summits as part of historic Laos visit
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on SEA Globe which appeared on 6 September 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN is coming together — slowly

ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Financial Times which appeared on 5 September 2016 can be accessed here.

Navigating the South China Sea issue at the ASEAN Summits by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 5 September 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Previewing the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits and Related Meetings 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and ASC's Research Officer Jason Salim can be accessed here.

Building a better bloc requires a stronger nerve center 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar for Nikkei Asian Review published online on 1 September 2016 can be read here.

A Partial ASEAN Customs Union Post 2015 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here

ASEAN hits 49th anniversary as it struggles with reaching consensus on South China Sea tensions, economic development 
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on AsiaOne in an article that appeared on 9 August  2016 can be accessed here.

At 49, what’s next for ASEAN? 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 8 August 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN should highlight more of its efforts on economic cooperation 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 2 August 2016 can be accessed here.

Fast-Track Talks on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

South China Sea dispute: ASEAN voice drowned out as big powers pipe up
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times in an article that appeared on 29 July 2016 can be accessed here.

How should ASEAN deal with Cambodia?
ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 28 July 2016. Click here to read more.

COMMENTARY: Reflections on the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
 by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Rule of Law in the South China Sea: Where does ASEAN Stand?
by ASC's Fellow, Hoang Thi Ha can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: The Veto: ASEAN’s Growing Liability 
by ASC's Research Officer, Jason Salim can be accessed here.

ASEAN joint statement on S China Sea omits mention of Hague ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 26 July 2016. Click here to read more.

Watered-down ASEAN statement could diminish grouping’s already waning clout: analysts
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Japan Times in an article that appeared on 25 July 2016 can be accessed here.

ASEAN must reassess its ‘one voice’ decision-making 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Issues and Points to Look out for at the 49th ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and Related Meetings 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Commentary: Why China must charm ASEAN again
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Channelnews Asia in an article that appeared on 22 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

No ASEAN Consensus on the South China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 21 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Demystifying Asean's 'performance' in disputes 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on The Straits Times on 20 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

Criticism of China’s South China Sea Stand to Intensify at ASEM in Mongolia
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Yibada in an article that appeared on 15 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea Ruling Puts Fish Rivalry Into Spotlight
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Wall Street Journal in an article that appeared on 19 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

M’sia faces dilemma with cautious approach to S China Sea disputes 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN regional experts on the South China Sea ruling
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was interviewed by Asialink, an affiliate of The University of Melbourne. Click here to read.

Beijing braces for South China Sea challenge at Asia-Europe Meeting
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on the South China Morning Post article published on 14 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea Ruling Gives Smaller Claimants Leverage
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Wall Street Journal in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

China, Philippines Eye Talks After Ruling Against Beijing Maritime Claims
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on VOA News in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

How The Hague ruling affects other claimants
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on TODAY in an article that appeared on 13 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

South China Sea dispute: Experts call for cool heads after surprise ruling
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in The Straits Times on 12 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Trade can win SE Asian hearts and minds
ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap was quoted in an article published by Global Times can be accessed here.

South China Sea ruling: An opportunity to mend ties 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 12 July 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

No consensus on verdict expected
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times in an article that appeared on 10 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

The Big Read: Choppy waters ahead for ASEAN as all sides brace for Hague ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun, Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap and Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar was quoted on TODAY in an article published on 8 July 2016. Click here to read more.

China Launches Military Drills Before Tribunal Ruling
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on VOA News in an article that appeared on 5 July 2016. Click here to access the article.

How ASEAN should respond to tribunal ruling on S China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for TODAY published on 2 July 2016 can be accessed here.

Brexit Has Profound Lessons for ASEAN Integration 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 29 June 2016 can be accessed here.

No Brexit Repeat in ASEAN An Op-ed 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat published on 28 June 2016 can be accessed here.

Labour Provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how they may Affect Southeast Asian Countries 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #37/2016 published on 28 June 2016 can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Brexit Scuttles an ASEAN-EU FTA 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Assessing the Impact of Brexit for ASEAN-EU and ASEAN-UK Relations 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Singapore caught in the middle as China-ASEAN country coordinator
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on The Straits Times article published on 24 June 2016. Click here to access the article.

COMMENTARY: Between the Norm and the Exception: The ASEAN Way with Joint Statements 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Covering the Confusion: Southeast Asian Newspapers' take on the Special ASEAN-China Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 
by ASC's Research Officer, Jason Salim can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Concluding RCEP Negotiations is an Imperative for ASEAN, but China’s and India’s Cooperation is Vital 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das can be accessed here.

The human challenges of an ASEAN Community 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar for East Asia Forum published online on 18 June 2016 can be read here.

China shoots itself in the foot with divide and rule tactics in ASEAN 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 17 June 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN expressed serious concerns over China’s actions, says Manila
ASC's Lead Researcher (socio-cultural affairs) Moe Thuzar expressed her opinions in an article published on TODAY on 17 June 2016 which can be read here.

In new setback, Asean retracts S China Sea statement 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 15 June 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

ASEAN – Russia Summit emphasizes countries’ desire to strengthen their strategic ties
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on PenzaNews, an online Russian news media, in an article that appeared on 30 May 2016. Click here to access the article.

COMMENTARY: Fallout from the ASEAN-China Special Foreign Ministers’ Meeting 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

S.E.A Views: ASEAN and Russia look to achieve their full potential 
by Dr Ian Storey, Senior ISEAS Fellow for the S.E.A Views on The Straits Times on 2 June 2016. Click here to read the article.

ASEAN’s Regional Integration will be Determined by Better Connectivity in the Future 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Economics) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #28/2016 published on 31 May 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

COMMENTARY: A Mountain to Climb to Advance ASEAN-Russia Relations 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement Holds Strategic Underpinnings 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for ISEAS Perspective #22/2016 published on 10 May 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

S.E.A VIEWS: Hang together or hang separately? 
by ASC Head Tang Siew Mun for the S.E.A Views on The Straits Times on 12 May 2016. Click here to read the article.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Secretary-General’s Views on South China Sea 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Duterte, Jokowi and ASEAN 
by Dr Malcolm Cook, ISEAS Senior Fellow can be accessed here.

Coastguard vessels in South China Sea need code of conduct amid increasing risk of clashes in contested waters, say analysts
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on the South China Morning Post article published on 8 May 2016. Click here to access the article.

VIEWS: TRUMP ‘IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR ASIA
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted on Politico in its Morning Trade article that appeared on 6 May 2016. Click here to read his comments.

COMMENTARY: China’s Belt and Road Initiative Hits a Roadblock in Thailand 
by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun can be accessed here.

Donald Trump’s Ascent Watched With Wariness in Asia  
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in a Wall Street Journal article that was published on 4 May 2016. The article can be found here.

COMMENTARY: "Chinese FM Wang Yi’s Remarks Rile ASEAN" 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be accessed here.

Op-Ed: "Southeast Asia's Three Level Game" 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow, Dr Malcolm Cook on Japan Up Close published on 25 April 2016. Please click here to read the article.

China’s dangerous divide and conquer game with ASEAN
 by ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 27 April 2016. Please click here to read the commentary.

COMMENTARY: Cooperation, not confrontation, needed to tackle haze 
by Dr Lee Poh Onn, ISEAS Senior Fellow can be accessed here.

COMMENTARY: Transboundary Haze Pollution in ASEAN is a Shared Responsibility at all Levels 
by Lead Researcher (Socio-Cultural Affairs) Moe Thuzar can be accessed here.

Will New Faces Test ASEAN Unity at the Ministers' Meeting? 
by Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for The Diplomat which was published on 22 April 2016 can be read here.

COMMENTARY: Revolutionising ASEAN Defence Cooperation? 
by ASC's Research Officer Jason Salim can be accessed here.

US-ASEAN Connect Holds Promise of Deepening ASEAN-US Relations 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tham Siew Yean for ISEAS Perspective #17/2016 published on 15 April 2016. Click here for the full ISEAS Perspective issue.

Can the US-ASEAN Connect Initiative Create Stronger US-ASEAN Economic Relations? 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for the Asia Pacific Bulletin of the East-West Center on 7 April 2016. The full article can be read here.

A reality check, and tests for China, ASEAN by 
ASC's Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap for in an op-ed piece which was published on TODAY on 7 April 2016. Please click here to read the full commentary.

COMMENTARY: ASEAN Needs to Have a Regional Nuclear Accident Plan of Action 
by ASC's Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap can be accessed here.

US-ASEAN Connect Holds Promise of Deepening ASEAN-US Relations 
by ASC Senior Fellow Dr Tham Siew Yean
which appeared on Asia Matters for America Online can be accessed here.

Why M'sia is adopting a tougher S China Sea stance 
by ISEAS Senior Fellow Tang Siew Mun in a commentary on TODAY on 21 March 2016, he shared his opinions on Malaysia adopting a tougher 'pushback' stance against China's increasing assertiveness. Click here to read the full commentary.

S.E.A VIEW: What US-ASEAN Connect means for the region
 by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das for The Straits Times. The article first appeared on 17 March 2016 can be accessed here.

The spirit of ASEAN’s founding fathers lives on
In a commentary on TODAY on 11 March 2016, ASC Head Tang Siew Mun and Lead Researcher (Political & Security Affairs) Dr Termsak Chalermpalanupap pay tribute to the ASEAN founding fathers’ visionary leadership. Click here for the full article.

Intra-region trade links in Asean closer than in EU
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das commented on the intra-regional trade intensity index and argued that despite the low intra-regional trade share, there is a positive outlook for trade within ASEAN in an article that was first published on 7 March 2016 in The Business Times. For the full article, click here.

Overseas push critical for growth
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das shared her opinions on how Singapore can reshape its economy by harnessing and utilizing its strengths in a Business Times article that was first published on 7 March 2016. For the full article, click here.

Turning the US-ASEAN strategic partnership into a lasting one 
by ASC’s Head Tang Siew Mun in an op-ed piece on TODAY on 3 March 2016. To read the full article, click here.

Why US should stay engaged with ASEAN 
by ASC Senior Fellow Dr Tham Siew Yean. For the full commentary which appeared on TODAY on 26 February 2016, please click here.

ASEAN’s Regional Role and Relations with Japan: The Challenges of Deeper Integration 
In a research paper co-written by ASC Lead Researcher for socio-cultural affairs Moe Thuzar, she discusses the role of ASEAN and Japan in minimizing political instability and examines the biggest potential for instability across ASEAN and proposes strategies on how both Japan and ASEAN states can address this issue. For the full paper, click here.

China deployed missiles on disputed isle, US charges
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun was quoted in a report on TODAY edition of 18 February 2016 on the rising tension in the South China Sea with China's deployment of an advanced surface-to-air missile system on one of the disputed isle. For the full report, please click here 

S China Sea, terrorism on the agenda as historic US-ASEAN summit kicks off
ASC Head Tang Siew Mun shared his views in TODAY edition of 15 February 2016 on the issues that will be discussed at the historic US-ASEAN Sunnylands summit in California. Please click here to read the full article. 

US-ASEAN Summit to tout 'symbolic power
ASC's Lead Researcher (socio-cultural affairs) Moe Thuzar expressed her opinions with Deutsche Welle on the US-ASEAN summit in California. She commented on the significance of Obama's administration heightened engagement with the Southeast Asia region. Please click here to read the full article.

Sealing the changing perception of US engagement in ASEAN
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das expressed her opinions in The Business Times Commentary column on America's engagement with the ASEAN region and the significance of the special US-ASEAN summit. The article which first appeared in the print edition of The Business Times on February 12, 2016 can also be viewed here or here.

S.E.A Views: Restoring investors' confidence in ASEAN 
by ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das on the resurgence of investors' confidence in Southeast Asia and factors that can affect the foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow into the ASEAN region. The article which first appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 11, 2016 can be viewed here.

Trade agreements are in ASEAN’s best interests 
ASC’s Lead Researcher (Economic Affairs) Sanchita Basu Das shares her thoughts in an article in the East Asia Forum on 6 February 2016 on the importance of trade agreements for ASEAN countries. To read the full article, click here