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The Silk Road was never just about trade and capital. It was also about ideas – Is this still true of Asian Trade today?

Asia House & Future Foreign Policy present: Focus on ASEAN Blog Series

By Matthew Harrison from Asia House. This article is also published here.

Photo republished from Asia House.

The Great Silk Road, the famous overland route that once traversed the Eurasian continent, is no longer a subject of historical archive, but rather a contemporary topic of debate.  It …

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Asia / Blog

What role does ASEAN play in the US pivot to Asia?

Asia House & Future Foreign Policy present: Focus on ASEAN Blog Series

By Matthew Harrison from Asia House. This article is also published here.

Photo credit: Voice of America.

The historian and scholar, Odd Arne Westad, has described Southeast Asia as “the decisive territory, on the future of which hangs the outcome of a great contest for influence in Asia”. Such …

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Is the ‘ASEAN Way’ too soft?

Asia House & Future Foreign Policy present: Focus on ASEAN Blog Series

By Wilson Chew from Future Foreign Policy. This article is also published here on Asia House.

Photo via Salon (AP Photo/Vincent Thian).

Two features of ASEAN stand out – its adherence to the ‘ASEAN Way’, a ‘soft’, consensus-based method to resolve conflict, and its marginal …

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Is ASEAN prepared for full economic integration by 2015?

Asia House & Future Foreign Policy present: Focus on ASEAN Blog Series

By Simon Bayley from Future Foreign Policy. This article is also published here on Asia House.

Photo credit: AEC Tourism Thailand

Having paved the way for economic integration with the establishment of the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA), ASEAN is now over halfway into a …

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Asia / Blog

To what extent does the future of ASEAN depend upon the future of Burma?

Asia House & Future Foreign Policy present: Focus on ASEAN Blog Series

By Matthew Harrison from Asia House. This article is also published here.

As early as 2004, the Malaysian Foreign Minister, Syed Hamid Albar, claimed that, “If Myanmar does not address the problem [of democratization], then not only Myanmar is going to be affected, but …