Trump-Washington disorder drags world down

6 June, 2017

06 June 2017 Originally published in The Star Online IN Washington, the swamp Donald Trump is trying to drain is in tumult. The centres of the established order are fighting back against the elected

America vs China: odds narrowing

22 May, 2017

20 May 2017 Originally published in The Star Online THE contrast could not be greater. While United States president Donald Trump raves and rants – and belts this or that person – China’s president

Thank God for North Korea!

9 May, 2017

6 May 2017 Originally published in The Star Online THE chairman’s statement at the end of the 30th Asean Summit last week was at its clearest on concern over rising tension in the Korean

Trump’s 100 days… and still going wrong?

25 April, 2017

22 April 2017 As appeared in The Star Online Photo Credit: Bloomberg PRESIDENT Donald Trump exploded from the blocks after his inauguration on Jan 20, but soon found out he was not in a

Barriers to Asean promise

10 April, 2017

8 April 2017 As appeared in The Star Online IT is true that with a total gross domestic product (GDP) of US$2.7 trillion, Asean is the seventh largest economy in the world – if

US foreign policies – in a flux and risky

27 March, 2017

25 March 2017 As appeared in The Star Online Photo credit: AP IN the course of a few days last week, United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson varied American policy on North Korea

Asean’s next 50 years

13 March, 2017

11 March 2017 As appeared in The Star Online ASEAN needs to be revitalised. It needs the kind of leadership that led to its establishment on Aug 8, 1967 or, for example, to the

Universal values, not just globalisation

27 February, 2017

25 February 2017 As appeared in The Star Online THE gravest threat of the rise of nationalist populism is to the universal values and practices of a civilised world which took several decades to

Hail our white brethren in the West

13 February, 2017

11 February 2017 As appeared in The Star Online IT is not business as usual. As Asean’s array of official and private sector meetings roll out for the year, urgent thought must be given

Asean to-do list in 2017

31 January, 2017

28 January 2017 As appeared in The Star Online IT is not business as usual. As Asean’s array of official and private sector meetings roll out for the year, urgent thought must be given