ASEAN Countries Must Lead on Biodiversity

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions, and it is also highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Policymakers in the region must ensure that plans to preserve nature while promoting sustainable economic growth are part of the post-pandemic recovery. MANILA – The combined effects of COVID-19 and climate change have …

Will the Philippines go the way of Myanmar and Cambodia?

Co-Authored with Christian Laluna ‘Not for nothing do we bear the honor of being Asia’s oldest modern democracy’ The following is Part 2 of a two-part series. Read Part 1 here. The Philippine tradition of democracy is older than ASEAN’s founding, its tradition of human rights deeper than the State’s cynical promise of non-interference. Not for …

Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Philippines: Quo Vadis?

Co-Authored with Christian Laluna ‘Myanmar is long held as ASEAN’s weak spot, a lightning rod for human rights critics of the grouping, the region’s bugaboo of the West, while at the same time laid bare to Chinese overtures’ The following is Part 1 of a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. In the weeks since the …