In the ruins of TPP, Asia must work harder for market access

1 December, 2016

24 November, 2016 As appeared in Nikkei Asian Review U.S. President-elect Donald Trump declared his intent to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Nov. 21. (A screen shot from YouTube) U.S. President-elect

Asian business must brace for a new US era

10 November, 2016

09 November, 2016 As appeared in Nikkei Asian Review WHATEVER happens in the United States Presidential election next Tuesday, the Donald Trump phenomenon is the strongest signal coming out of America. It is not

How did he – Trump – get there?

7 November, 2016

05 November, 2016 As appeared in The Star Online WHATEVER happens in the United States Presidential election next Tuesday, the Donald Trump phenomenon is the strongest signal coming out of America. It is not

Britain looks east towards Asean

24 October, 2016

22 October, 2016 As appeared in The Star Online Unsettling period: The City of London is getting increasingly nervous about its future after Brexit. Many foreign banks are fretting and there is talk of

Threats of illiberal disorder

26 September, 2016

24 September, 2016 As appeared in TheStar.com.my ALAIN Juppé may not be a household name in Malaysia but the principled politics of this former French Prime Minister (1995-1997) in his country’s fraught national environment is

Asean – In or out? No way… not yet?

29 August, 2016

27 August, 2016 As appeared in TheStar.com.my WHILE the close British decision to get out of the European Union (EU) – Brexit – was made in a referendum over two months ago, there is still

AEC building block of Asean community?

15 August, 2016

13 August, 2016 As appeared in TheStar.com.my THE AEC (Asean Economic Community) could turn out to be the saviour of Asean. Whatever its shortcomings, it is real, unlike largely mere words of the Asean

No political leadership in failing Asean

1 August, 2016

30 July, 2016 As appeared in TheStar.com.my ASEAN is failing. It is not working in the way grand declarations and pronouncement of community just last year proclaim it would. Yet, in a pattern of self-deception

Asean – blowin’ in the wind

4 July, 2016

02 July, 2016 As appeared in TheStar.com.my THE most significant point about the “now you see it, now you don’t” joint statement by Asean foreign ministers on the South China Sea issue in Kunming