Recent publications by the author of Asia Conflict Watch:
From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward
26 April 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
Will the Makassar Suicide Bombing Spark a New Wave of Terror in Indonesia?
13 April 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
US-Philippine Alliance: Duterte Demands US ‘Pay’ to Salvage Troop Deal
5 April 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
Election Talk Heats Up in Malaysia
17 March 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
Can a New Generation of Leaders Tackle Laos’ Debt Woes?
8 March 2021, World Politics Review
Tatmadaw Coup Leaves Myanmar’s Peace Process on a Precipice
1 March 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
Striking Oil Is No Antidote for What Ails Cambodia’s COVID-hit Economy
19 February 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Going Under the Radar in Indonesia?
27 January 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
In Thailand’s Deep South, COVID-19 Leaves Peace Talks with the BRN On Hold
19 January 2021, Geopolitical Monitor
What the NLD Election Victory Means for Myanmar’s Civilian-Military Divide
3 December 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Vietnam Economy Well Positioned for Post-COVID Surge
10 November 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Family Ties and New Recruits: Abu Sayyaf Proves Hard to Dislodge in the Philippines
2 November 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
COVID-19 Pushes Laos Further into China’s Economic Orbit
23 October 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Singapore Charts a Middle Path Amid Worsening US-China Ties
21 October 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
East Coast Rail Link: Full Steam Ahead for China’s Belt and Road in Malaysia
6 October 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Having Crushed the Opposition, Cambodia’s Hun Sen Mulls a Dynasty
1 October 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Thailand’s Student Protestors Take On Military and the Monarchy
14 September 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Beyond the Narrative of Progress in Myanmar’s Panglong Peace Initiative
8 September 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Unscathed by COVID-19, Laos Gambles on Mega-projects to Revive Its Economy
19 August 2020, World Politics Review
Vietnam Just Paid Saigon’s War Debt. Time for America to Pay Its Own?
12 August 2020, Asia Sentinel
In the Southern Philippines, Delays to Rebuilding Marawi Threaten a Fragile Peace
29 June 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
COVID-19 Is Just the Latest Setback in Myanmar’s Troubled Peace Process
8 June 2020, World Politics Review
In Laos, survivors of US bombs rebuild their lives – and limbs
28 May 2020, Southeast Asia Globe
Armed Conflict Survey 2020 Chapter 2: Asia-Pacific (Philippines)
27 May 2020, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Piracy Resurges in Southeast Asia’s Crowded Sea Lanes
4 May 2020, Asia Sentinel
Philippines’ Abu Sayyaf Terrorists Turn to Suicide Bombing
24 April 2020, Asia Sentinel
Why Indonesia’s Papua Insurgency Has Reached a Strategic Stalemate
15 April 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Can a Renewed Push to End Separatist Violence in Thailand Succeed?
7 April 2020, World Politics Review
After Duterte Scraps VFA, What’s Next for the US-Philippine Alliance?
5 March 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Fractious Party Politics Threatens to Upend a Succession Plan in Malaysia
7 February 2020, World Politics Review
Duterte’s Peace Overture to the NPA: Another False Dawn?
27 January 2020, Geopolitical Monitor
Lasting Peace in Indonesia’s Aceh Province Depends on Truth and Reconciliation
6 January 2020, World Politics Review
The Evolving Threat of ISIS in the Philippines
2 December 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Myanmar’s Divided Peace Process: Hope amid Escalating Violence?
1 October 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Will an End to Military Rule Revive Peace Talks in Southern Thailand?
23 August 2019, World Politics Review
Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Landmines and Instability in Myanmar
12 August 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Abu Sayyaf Is Bringing More of ISIS’ Brutal Tactics to the Philippines
22 July 2019, World Politics Review
Is India’s Nagaland Peace Process Nearing a Breakthrough?
8 July 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Deciphering the Jihadist Threat to Mindanao’s Moro Peace Process
20 May 2019, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Armed Conflict Survey 2019 Chapter 2: Asia-Pacific (Philippines)
15 May 2019, International Institute for Strategic Studies
Is Malaysia ISIS’ Next Southeast Asian Hub?
6 May 2019, Asia Sentinel
Violence Flares Amid Myanmar’s Faltering Peace Dialogue
22 April 2019, Asia Sentinel
Tensions Flare Over Malaysia’s Disputed Sea Border with Singapore
17 April 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Collapsed Talks Lead Philippines to Seek New Approach with NPA
10 April 2019, Asia Sentinel
Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs
25 March 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads
15 February 2019, Geopolitical Monitor
With Autonomy in the Southern Philippines, Muslim Rebels Must Learn How to Govern
12 February 2019, World Politics Review
Myanmar’s Peace Process on Life Support
27 December 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Mahathir Positions Malaysia as a Check on China’s Ambitions in Southeast Asia
8 November 2018, World Politics Review
What Underlies the Long-Running Dispute in the South China Sea?
3 November 2018, Eurasia Review
A Year After Marawi, What’s Left of ISIS in the Philippines?
25 October 2018, The Diplomat
Thailand’s Balancing Act Between the US and China in the Age of Trump
10 October 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Is Abu Sayyaf Making a Comeback in the Philippines?
6 September 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Is Duterte’s Green Light for Autonomy in the Southern Philippines a Path to Peace?
20 August 2018, World Politics Review
Has the Islamic State Threat Bypassed India?
3 August 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Armed Conflict Survey 2018 Chapter 6: Asia-Pacific (Philippines)
3 July 2018, International Institute for Strategic Studies
The Post-Marawi Decline of Abu Sayyaf
29 June 2018, Asia Sentinel
Mindanao’s Insurgencies Take an Explosive Turn
1 June 2018, The Diplomat
Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflicts Have Multiple Fronts, and High Barriers to Peace
24 May 2018, World Politics Review
Cambodia-Laos Border Dispute: Geopolitical Flashpoint or Playing Politics?
14 May 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Winners and Losers in the Maritime Border Deal between Australia and Timor-Leste
30 April 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Indonesia’s Homegrown Militants Re-emerge
24 April 2018, Asia Sentinel
Brunei Abandons South China Sea Claim for Chinese Finance
3 April 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
Marawi’s Embattled Former Residents Face a Tortuous Path Home
11 March 2018, Eurasia Review
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters Assume ISIS’ Mantle in the Philippines’ Troubled South
12 February 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
How Marawi Pushed ASEAN Nations to Join Forces Against Terrorism
12 February 2018, Asian Correspondent
Eastern Sabah: Malaysia’s Frontline Against Militancy
31 January 2018, The Diplomat
Laos Pushes Ahead with Mekong Dams Despite Environmental Risks
24 January 2018, Asian Correspondent
How Prepared is Singapore Amid Southeast Asia’s Raised Terror Threat?
3 January 2018, Asian Correspondent
Malaysia’s Counter-Terrorism Strategy: Keeping ISIS in Check
2 January 2018, Geopolitical Monitor
China’s Influence Steadily Grows in Laos, Weathering Political Change
20 December 2017, World Politics Review
The Long Road to Justice for Sri Lanka’s Civil War Victims
4 December 2017, Geopolitical Monitor
Can Cambodia Meet Its Target to Remove Landmines by 2025?
4 December 2017, Asian Correspondent
Vietnam’s Bomb Clearance Efforts Take a Hit Under President Trump
30 November 2017, Asian Correspondent
Maute Jihadis Vanquished, Duterte Takes On Mindanao’s Other Militants
29 November 2017, Asia Sentinel
Is Abu Sayyaf Really Defeated?
23 November 2017, The Diplomat
Gauging the Success of Bangladesh’s Anti-Terror Crackdown
17 November 2017, Geopolitical Monitor
What Has Derailed Peace Talks with the Philippines’ Communist Rebels?
13 October 2017, Asian Correspondent
Indonesia Faced with a Resurgence of Islamist Terrorism
27 September 2017, Geopolitical Monitor
Will the Siege of Marawi Be Repeated in the Philippines?
22 September 2017, Geopolitical Monitor
Indonesia Needs to be Vigilant to Avoid Becoming a Home for Terrorists Again
18 September 2017, Asian Correspondent
Balochistan: Seven Decades of Insurgency in Pakistan’s Restive South
4 September 2017, Eurasia Review
Japan’s Maritime Diplomacy Mission in Southeast Asia
28 August 2017, The Diplomat
As Khmer Rouge Trials Near End, Is Cambodia Ready to Move On from its Dark Past?
23 August 2017, Asian Correspondent
Rising Violence in Thailand’s ‘Deep South’ Exposes Cracks in the Junta’s Strategy
1 August 2017, World Politics Review
Mindanao Conflict Risks Spike in Southeast Asia Piracy
27 July 2017, Geopolitical Monitor
Dokdo-Takeshima Islands: South Korea and Japan’s Intractable Maritime Dispute
21 July 2017, Eurasia Review
Laos: Decades After America’s ‘Secret War’, Unexploded Bombs Still Hinder Development
18 July 2017, Asian Correspondent
Japan’s Nuclear Dilemma: The Search for Energy Security Post-Fukushima
11 April 2017, Asian Correspondent
Despite His Tough Talk, the Philippines’ Duterte Faces Long Odds Against Abu Sayyaf
2 February 2017, World Politics Review
An Economic Success Story: How Vietnam Became Southeast Asia’s Top Performer
31 January 2017, Asian Correspondent
Is Myanmar on the Path to Genocide?
18 January 2017, The Diplomat
Myanmar: Ground Zero for China-India Energy Competiton
31 October 2016, Geopolitical Monitor
Japan Stands Firm on Senkaku Islands in East China Sea
16 September 2016, Geopolitical Monitor
Central Asia’s Oil and Gas Now Flows to the East
18 August 2016, The Diplomat
East Asia’s State-led Search for Energy Security
23 July 2016, The Diplomat
China’s Maritime Diplomacy Leaves ASEAN Divided on the South China Sea
18 July 2016, International Policy Digest
US-Vietnam Rapprochement Fast-Tracked Amid South China Sea Dispute
18 May 2016, Geopolitical Monitor
Myanmar: Challenges Ahead as New Parliament Begins Work
3 March 2016, Geopolitical Monitor