8:45 pm August 24, 2014 | No Comment
The Islamic State (IS), formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), now a self-styled caliphate, seems to have succeeded where diplomacy has failed. It has managed to make strange bedfellows of key players in the Middle East who wouldn’t normally give each other the time of day.
12:15 am August 18, 2014 | 1 Comment
As I write, the breaking news is that a convoy of 262 white-painted trucks sit at the Ukraine-Russia border awaiting inspection by Ukrainian authorities and the International Committee of the Red Cross — to make sure they’re not actually smuggling materiel.
11:50 pm August 10, 2014 | 1 Comment
At the plenary session of the Asean Ministerial Meeting in Naypyidaw, Myanmar on Friday, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said one of the most sensible things ever said about the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He said that the way Asean manages the issue of the South China Sea is the “litmus test” to Asean centrality and leadership.
11:10 pm August 3, 2014 | No Comment
There’s a threat to the security of Southeast Asia that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or Asean, must confront with hammer and tongs. No, it’s not China, silly. Nor is it the United States. This is a non-traditional threat. It’s called “loss of biodiversity.”