Singapore braced for tough year

Singapore is better placed than most of its Asean neighbours to withstand a downturn. Source: FlickrFew countries have been so consistently forced to live...

Jakarta leads descent into homophobia

Eid al-Fitr mass prayer in Istiqlal Mosque, Jakarta, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia. The government is increasingly appeasing conservative Islam. Source: WikimediaIndonesia increasing...

Obama’s hidden Asean agenda

California’s Rancho Mirage forms the backdrop to the large obstacles being discussed by Asean. Source: WikimediaSunnylands in California today hosts the 10 Asean leaders...

Malaysia’s overflowing inbox

Malaysia's rulers juggle many cultural sensitivities. Source: FlickrMost of Malaysia’s ruling coalition will be pleased to see a busy year ahead with the federation...

Shy Laos takes centre stage

Popular with backpackers, Laos is usually neglected by everyone else. Source: FlickrSo long neglected by the great powers, media and business, Laos has taken...

Vietnam: political change, economic stability

The sun is rising on Vietnam's economy. Source: Wikimedia The markets have been worried by the Vietnamese Communist Party’s apparent inability to opt for a...

Najib’s 2016 is looking up

Saudi Arabia has plenty of money to invest at home and abroad. Source: FlickrMalaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been handed a welcome end...

Saudi donation key to unstable region

Malaysia's Najib Razak is looking secure again. Source: WikimediaThe Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MCAA) and Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali today cleared Prime Minister Najib Razak of...

Thais cower under rule of cruel clowns

The model of the king's water aerator and the giant "shrine" to his achievements in Bangkok's Rama IX park. Source: Asean EconomistThailand’s unappealing military...

Malaysia’s economy stays strong amid Chinese stumble

Malaysia is coping with 2016 better than its Asean neighbours. Source: WikimediaFrom the global perspective, 2016 has already caused significant economic concerns, with the...

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