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February, 28, 2017

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ASEAN has yet to overcome a few immediate uncertainties.
 
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has had little media interaction, did not attend meetings with foreign leaders.
 
Jakarta should spend more energy developing and institutionalizing its other strategic partnerships with Japan, Australia, South Korea and particularly India.
 
There have been far too many confusing signals about the current nature of United States-China relations. The rest of the world waits tensely to learn what the two superpowers are up to. U.S.
 
Globalization is facing a major test of sustainability in the west with trade protectionism and populism mushrooming, but the trend is unlikely to spread to East Asia, nor hamper the region's steady trajectory toward deeper integration.
 
The question of whether Islam is compatible with democracy has been discussed for decades. As shown in the Arab Spring movement across the Middle East, which started five years ago, Muslim populations in Asia and Africa have embraced democracy to fight discrimination, promote equality and social justice, as well as bargain for strategic political and economic positions.
 
Globalization is like boarding a flight. Once you board it, you cannot get off until you reach the designated destination. The only difference is that, when we board the flight, we know where we are headed. In the case of globalization, we do not know the destination, its climate, its features, or its surroundings.
 
The recent sighting of a kilometers-long tangle of floating trash in the Gulf of Thailand was, to say the least, shocking.
 
The new U.S. president has been busy blowing political correctness sky high since his first day in the White House.
 
The annual get-together of European military and security chiefs in the southern German city of Munich is a traditional venue for governments to reassert their commitments; the conference served as inspiration for the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, which now performs the same function in Asia.
 
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