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  4 Sep 2019

Re-emergence of the Old Order in Asia

Re-emergence of the Old Order in Asia

by Dr. Rahul Mishra

The region welcomes all major international players so long as their approaches and actions are based on a set of transparent rules and norms.

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  22 Aug 2019

PacNet #47 - Building Cohesive National Communities and Participatory Political Systems

PacNet #47 - Building Cohesive National Communities and Participatory Political Systems

by Prof. Dato' Dr. Muthiah Alagappa and Arjun Akwei

The hope of an Asian Century persists – a hope based largely on the steady economic growth in many Asian countries. To the contrary, we contend that regardless of economic gains, an Asian Century is unlikely to materialize without comprehensive political reform. These reforms need not come at the expense of economic objectives, but without political reform economic growth will falter.

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  22 Aug 2019

The Human Capital Index Measuring Productive Human Capital

EU-ASEAN Relations: Stitched together

'Citing human rights concerns, the EU is deciding whether to revoke duty-free market access for Cambodia’s exports, even as it tries to boost trade and defence ties with Southeast Asia.' — Dr. Rahul Mishra shared his views in this article published by Southeast Asia Globe.

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  15 Aug 2019

SPSS Workshop postponed

India and the Philippines: Time to Go Beyond the ASEAN Framework

"Through its Look East policy (1992-2014) and current Act East policy enacted in 2014, India has strived to build stronger ties with Southeast Asian countries, including the Philippines. With the Philippines, however, most linkages are through ASEAN-steered mechanisms and bilateral relations are still not as strong as they should be." — RSIS (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore) policy report by Dr Rahul Mishra.

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  13 Aug 2019

5G and ASEAN Connectivity

5G and ASEAN Connectivity

Written by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sameer Kumar

The advancement of cellular technology from 1G to 4G yields parallel improvement in the way we communicate and go about our day-to-day lives. However, the 5th generation, or 5G, is a new creature altogether that promises to impact our lives and businesses in ways hitherto unconceived.

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  13 Aug 2019

Why ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook matters

Why ASEAN’s Indo-Pacific outlook matters

Article by Prof. Amitav Acharya (American University)

After more than a year of deliberation, ASEAN adopted the ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’ (‘the Outlook’) on 23 June 2019. The Outlook then got an airing at the ASEAN Regional Forum meetings in Bangkok.

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  13 Aug 2019

Europe should not blindly follow the US on China

Europe should not blindly follow the US on China

World View: EU must judge if its interests are aligned with those of US, Japan and India — Written by Dr Paul Gillespie, one of our distinguished speakers at the Asia-Europe Conference earlier this month, published by The Irish Times.

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  9 Aug 2019

Synthesising best of both worlds for a new Asia

Synthesising best of both worlds for a new Asia

Written by Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fumitaka Furuoka

In this multiplex world order, the rise of two regional giants — China and India — would overshadow inter-regional economic and security agendas in the coming decades. This may disrupt the existing harmonious but rather static inter-regional frameworks, such as the Asia-Europe Meeting (AEM).

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  31 July 2019

Europe and the Indo-Pacific

Europe and the Indo-Pacific

The Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) is defined by a Japanese commentator as a policy "to keep the United States in, China down and ASEAN, India and Australia up" in this new geopolitical space. - Written by Dr Paul Gillespie, one of the panellists at the Asia-Europe Conference 2019 on 1st and 2nd August 2019

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  31 July 2019

Deploy science now to reach sustainable growth goals

Deploy science now to reach sustainable growth goals

Written by Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sameer Kumar
We all want our world to be a better place. However, in efforts to eradicate poverty, hunger, disease and all forms of inequality, there is also a need to ensure that we safeguard the planet for future generations.

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  26 July 2019

EU responds to China's belt and road initiative

EU responds to China's belt and road initiative

THE European Union (EU) is already an enormous investor in Asia and the largest, in fact, in ASEAN. What are its plans to respond to China’s Belt and Road Initiative?Opinion piece in the New Straits Times by Dr Rahul Mishra, Senior Lecturer, Asia-Europe Institute, and coordinator, IMERI on Europe and China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

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  22 July 2019

Malaysia's Future Force

Malaysia's Future Force

AS geopolitics change rapidly, Malaysia faces new security and defence challenges such as the increasing importance of maritime concerns, great power rivalry between China and the United States and the emergence of non-traditional threats. - By YB Senator Liew Chin Tong, one of the keynote presenter at the Asia-Europe Conference 2019 on 1st and 2nd August 2019 at the Asia-Europe Insitute, University of Malaya.

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  22 July 2019

Asia-Europe Conference 2019: Europe in the New Asia: New Anxieties, New Constructs

Indo-Pacific: Friendly towards Europe and China?

WHEN the 34th ASEAN Summit was held in Thailand last month, one of the key documents released was the 'ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific'. It was meant to support ASEAN’s continued effort to remain not only a key player, but also a driving force in the regional architecture. - Article by Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin for the upcoming Asia-Europe Conference 2019 on 1st and 2nd August 2019 at the Asia-Europe Insitute, University of Malaya.

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  27 June 2019

Thai Military Power - Reviewed by Professor Anthony Milner

Thai Military Power Reviewed by Professor Anthony Milner

In Thai Military Power: A Culture of Strategic Accommodation, the author Greg Raymond outlines the historical context and strategic thinking behind Thailand’s diplomatic and military posture. It is an engaging and thought-provoking book which provides a much-needed analysis of an influential middle power at a time when such key players in the Asian region should be receiving more attention.

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  11 June 2019

Indonesian Presidential Election: Jokowi 2.0

Indonesian Presidential Election: Jokowi 2.0 by Dr Rahul Mishra

Indonesia, the biggest country of the Southeast Asian region, and world’s third largest democracy which houses the highest number of Muslims in the world, has completed the process of choosing a new government. Sadly, however, the post-election scenario in the country is mired in controversies.

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  31 May, 2019

The Key to Our Era, in the Asian Region and Beyond?

The Key to Our Era, in the Asian Region and Beyond?

Has Francis Fukuyama once again provided the key to making sense of the confusion going on around us, including in our own Asian (or Asia-Pacific, or Indo-Pacific) region? - Reviewed by Professor Anthony Milner

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  16 May, 2019

Silence on foreign policy a calm before the diplomatic storm

Silence on foreign policy a calm before the diplomatic storm

There are dangers as well as benefits in keeping the election campaign away from foreign policy, as the public will find out after election day. - Article by Anthony Milner

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  10 May, 2019

How PM Modi changed the face of Indian foreign policy

How PM Modi changed the face of Indian foreign policy

"India seems to have regained the opportunity to engage with the region more comprehensively through its Indo-Pacific policy", Dr. Rahul Mishra was quoted in this piece by DW (Deutsche Welle).

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  6 March, 2019

Regionalism in Asia

Second track on Indo-Pacific and the Quad

The vast construct of the Indo-Pacific and the limited grouping of the Quad (the US, Japan, India and Australia) share a few significant traits. However, both of them are being undermined by differences within. Dr. Rahul Mishra and Prof. Anthony Milner shared their views in this article, published on The Strategist — The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) Blog.

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  22 January, 2019

ASEAN’s principled pragmatism and the evolving normative security strategy on the South China Sea

ASEAN’s principled pragmatism and the evolving normative security strategy on the South China Sea

By Amira Athira Azman and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sameer Kumar -- The overall purpose of this article is to explore the core assumptions regarding ASEAN principled-pragmatism and the evolving role of ASEAN normative security strategy underlying the concepts of ASEAN Way, neutrality, multilateralism and centrality relating to the South China Sea dispute. This article was published in AEI Insights: An International Journal of Asia-Europe Relations, Vol.4, Issue 1, pp 33-48, ISSN 2289-800X.

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  22 Jan 2019

The EU─ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation

The EU─ASEAN Socio-Cultural Cooperation

By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sameer Kumar -- While the other two communities of ASEAN—the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) and ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), stress political and economic cooperation respectively, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) reflects on the ASEAN’s social agenda of poverty eradication and human advancement. The article was in the book EU-ASEAN Relations: Perspectives from Malaysia, Pages 27-38, published by Asia-Europe Institute and supported by Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Malaysia.

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  22 Jan 2019

Research Collaboration Ethics in Academia

Research Collaboration Ethics in Academia

By Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sameer Kumar -- Increasing specialization, changes in the institutional incentives for publication, and a host of other reasons have brought about a marked trend towards co-authored articles among researchers. These changes have impacted Science and Technology (S&T) policies worldwide.

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  16 Jan 2019

The importance of Asia-Europe cooperation

The importance of Asia-Europe cooperation

"ASEM could play a key role in bringing Asian and European countries closer on a range of issues. This is significant at a time when the US is disrupting the gains of globalization" argues Dr. Rahul Mishra in his opinion piece published for the Mint newspaper.

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  16 Jan 2019

Regional Security Outlook: An Indian Perspective

Regional Security Outlook: An Indian Perspective

India’s preference for the Indo-Pacific construct and minilateral dialogues over the Quad is likely to continue argues Dr. Rahul Mishra, Senior Lecturer, AEI, in CSCAP Regional Security Outlook, 2019 - the annual flagship publication of Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP).

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  11 Jan 2019

Regionalism in Asia

Regionalism in Asia

In this article, AEI Visiting Professor Anthony Milner provides an overview of the development of regional architecture in the Asian and Asia-Pacific (and Indo-Pacific) region. The essay looks back in time at early thinking about regional organisation and then examines recent initiatives - noting in particular emerging China-led architecture and current Indo-Pacific proposals.

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  10 Jan 2019

Lessons from Japan

Lessons from Japan

An article about the similar trends of political changes in Japan and Malaysia. Written by AEI's senior lecturer, Dr. Nurliana Kamaruddin, published in New Straits Times newspaper.

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  26 Dec 2018

Australian Ambitions – Regional Reactions

Australian Ambitions – Regional Reactions

Apart from joining the renewed TPP (now no longer including America), Australia continues to rally support for a rules-based international order, and also promotes an ‘Indo-Pacific’ regional vision, correcting the downplaying of India in previous ‘Asia-Pacific’ initiatives. Article was first published on Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, Australian National University College of Asia & the Pacific website.

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  10 Oct, 2018

A PhD Journey: Meaningful memories and experiences at the ASEM Education Secretariat Belgium

A PhD Journey: Meaningful memories and experiences at the ASEM Education Secretariat Belgium

On 28 August 2018, I arrived at Brussels International Airport, Belgium from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I was welcomed by Mr. David Urban at the airport and by Ms. Nadia Reynders at the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training on the same day. This is my second trip to Europe after the completion of my Master degree at The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland in 2004.

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  29 Jun 2018

Turkey – EU: Waiting for Godot

Turkey – EU: Waiting for Godot

By Aaron Denison. Turkey has been applying for the EU membership since 1987 when Turgut Ozal, the 8th President of Turkey submitted an application. But until today, they have...

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  27 Apr 2018

Selamat Tinggal Majlis Profesor Negara – Pengajaran & Iktibar

Selamat Tinggal Majlis Profesor Negara – Pengajaran & Iktibar

Oleh: Prof Tan Sri Dzulkifli Abdul Razak - Sahlah sudah bahawa Majlis Profesor Negara (MPN) terbubar ekoran pengumuman yang dibuat baru-baru ini. MPN terletak dibawah Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan dipengerusikan oleh Penasihat Sains kepada Perdana Menteri. Oleh itu pembubarannya menimbul banyak persoalan kepada ramai.

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  20 Apr 2018

What does TPP-11 tell us about Asia’s geopolitics?

What does TPP-11 tell us about Asia’s geopolitics?

Written by Rahul Mishra and Asef Raiyan Hoque
When the United States announced it’s intention to leave the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations, it seemed that without Washington, TPP would never see the light of the day. As part of former President Barack Obama’s Pivot to Asia, it was the US, after all, which steered the course of the TPP ever since it joined the group.

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Keynote Address by His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah at the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue 2018

On Tuesday 13 March 2018, His Royal Highness Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah, the Sultan of Perak and Chancellor of the University of Malaya, Malaysia delivered the keynote address at the ASEAN-Australia Dialogue 2018. The Dialogue was a unique conference hosted by a consortium of Australia’s leading academic institutions, including Asialink, business and government, to address contemporary multilateral issues, including shared economic, security and political challenges and opportunities facing ASEAN and Australia.

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The ASEAN–Australia summit: success, but some false leads

The ASEAN–Australia Special Summit attracted bipartisan Australian support, and was a success. We saw Malcolm Turnbull, in his carefully worded commentary and body language, engaging effectively with our neighbours. Article by Prof. Anthony Milner

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ASEAN is back, and that is good news for Australia

Over the past week we have been building engagement with our neighbours. The ASEAN-Australia Special Summit was the climax, but the program of events went far wider. - by Anthony Milner

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Culture and values central to creating deeper partnership

ASEAN is back on Australia’s agenda, having been neglected in recent times. The media release for the 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper states that Australia’s first foreign policy priority is to ‘increase [its] efforts to ensure [Australia] remain[s] a leading partner for Southeast Asia’. - by Anthony Milner

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Australia must embrace ASEAN, but we’ve got listening to do

Australia must move beyond our obsession with the US versus China debate and to once again make the ASEAN region our priority.

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  27 Sep 2017

Australia being left behind by Asia, says Labor's Chris Bowen

Australia being left behind by Asia, says Labor's Chris Bowen

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has marked out a set of key policy differences with the Turnbull government on Asia, arguing Australia "isn't keeping up" with fast-changing Asian economies.

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  13 Jul 2017

What studying our history can teach us about today

What studying our history can teach us about today

An article from Student International News about Prof. Milner's Merdeka Award acceptance speech

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 13 Jul 2017

AEI-ASEM Summer School 2017: Bringing the World to Ours

AEI-ASEM Summer School 2017: Bringing the World to Us

By Muhammad Sufi bin Muhamad Khirul Bahri.
The Asia-Europe Institute continues to bring together communities from all over the world and the AEI-ASEM Summer School 2017 is testament to this. Youth from the Asia-Europe region came to to Kuala Lumpur and went to Brussels from 24 July to 11 August 2017.

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EU in a multipolar world

GLOBAL politics are presently going through one of their most important shifts in power and strategy of the whole modern era. Two hundred years of dominance by European and American states of world politics, economics and security are coming to an end. Written by Paul Gillespie.

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Asean's triumph

ASEAN is the cornerstone of Malaysia’s foreign policy, and a new book by Kishore Mahbubani and Jeffery Sng, The Asean Miracle, explains that this makes good sense. But, what is Asean’s particular power? Can it continue to triumph without support? Written by Prof. Dr. Azirah, Executice Director of AEI and Prof. Anthony Milner (Visiting Professor).

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The US withdrawal from the Paris Climate agreement: What lies ahead and who fills the vacuum?

Written by Dr. Sameer Kumar from Asia-Europe Institute (AEI), University of Malaya

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Engaging the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Implications for ASEAN

Interview with Dato’ M. Redzuan Kushairi Ambassador (R), Senior Advisor at AEI, who has been monitoring the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and attended the Shanghai Cooperation Civil Society Organization (SCO) Network Meeting in April 2016.

Date: 11 May 2017

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A White Paper for Dangerous Times

As the Government prepares its first Foreign Policy White Paper in more than a decade, Australia needs to strengthen ties with Asia now more than ever before. An article by Professor Anthony Milner.

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Whither ASEAN: Intergovernmental Association or An Integrated Community?

An article by Dato' Dr. Muthiah Alagappa, AEI's Visiting Professor. It was first published in PacNet #32 (Pacific Forum CSIS).

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Dutch Elections: A Break from Populism

Dr. Patrick Ziegenhain on BFM89.9 Radio

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‘Grexit’ whispers are making the rounds yet again

A commentary by Dr. Sameer Kumar, Senior Lecturer, Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)

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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and ASEAN economy: A policy shift in the Trump Administration and its impact

A commentary by Dr. Fumitaka Furuoka, Senior Research Fellow (Visiting), Asia-Europe Institute (AEI)

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By Anthony Milner. Kuala Lumpur: ISIS Malaysia, 2016

Will ASEAN Continue to be the Cornerstone of Malaysian Foreign Policy: The “Community-building” Priority

This monograph is an edited version of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies Lecture 2015.

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An article by Prof. Anthony Milner featured in The Australian Financial Review (afr.com)

Australia may need a post-America foreign policy Plan B

Is Australia quietly developing a Plan B for our international positioning? For the first time a Singapore prime minister has been asked to address our Parliament; soon the ...

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by Anthony Milner

Regionalism in Asia

The building of regional institutions in Asia is not only a response to the need for practical co-operation in commercial, security and other matters, but is also shaped by specific national interests ...

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Australia should listen to SE Asian views on dealing with China

Damaging the ASEAN-China relationship is a matter of deep concern, especially given the economic dimension.

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Last Updated: 04/09/2019