REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - China's Premier Li Keqiang (L) and U.S. President Barack Obama talk at the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Naypyitaw, November 12, 2014.

Opinion | Southeast Asia View

China's conflicting signals on the South China Sea

July 2015, Barry Desker

In this Southeast Asia View, Barry Desker examines how China’s contentious handling of maritime territorial claims in the South China Sea may undermine the political alliances and partnerships it wants to foster in the region.

  • Opinion | Tony Blair Faith Foundation

    May 18, 2015, Lynn Kuok

  • Opinion

    Myanmar/Burma: Watch this space!

    May 2015, Lex Rieffel

  • In the News

    Students [protesting in Myanmar] object to the National Education Law vesting too much control over education in the central government's hands through the creation of a government-controlled National Education Commission and Higher Education Cooperation Committee, which have wide-ranging powers.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The issue of education and educational reform is a particularly thorny one given Myanmar’s history. Students have been responsible for leading many of the country’s main protests, such as in 1988, 1996 and 1998. Students were also involved in the monk-led Saffron Revolution of 2007. For 10 out of the 12 years between 1988 and 2000, Yangon’s universities were closed.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The excessive use of force by the police [against student protesters], at best, indicates poor training and, at worst, suggests a possible return to the heavy handed approach of Myanmar's not-so-distant past.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    The Myanmar government must condemn the excessive use of force [by police] and take firm action against those responsible. It will also have to meet students' broader concerns. A failure to properly handle these protests risks them snowballing into broader ones concerning the government's ability and willingness to bring about positive and lasting change.

    March 11, 2015, Lynn Kuok, Deutsche Welle (Germany)
  • In the News

    Holding Myanmar to unrealistic expectations could also set the nation up for failure during an already cumbersome transition period.

    November 12, 2014, Lex Rieffel, International Business Times
  • In the News

    The [Myanmar] government has already picked most of the low-hanging fruit [of democratic reform] and difficult structural reforms remain.

    November 12, 2014, Lynn Kuok, Politico

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