Geopolitical intelligence and analysis on critical events shaping the future

Timely to make bureaucrats time conscious and accountable

The directive by Prime Minister Hun Sen to district governors to refrain from following him around to hear his speeches and instead focus on their constituents is long overdue and similar to the reduction on the number of public holidays, could not come any sooner.

The heat is on!

The US China trade war with President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping as the key players shows the world two men with a lot of self-confidence. Or is it overconfidence?

Is it time for an Asean defence pact?
Sathish Govind

Cambodia’s military alliance with China could inspire Asean member states to align themselves with other major powers, a move that threatens to destabilise the bloc’s centrality unless a pact is put in place

How will China win the final war on poverty?

With only two years left for China to beat the deadline in its war against extreme poverty, the country stands ready to face the toughest challenges to meet the goal and ensure its victory stands the test of time.

Japan-ASEAN economic partnership boosted
Sok Chan

Last Saturday, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Japan signed the first protocol to amend the comprehensive economic partnership (AJCEP) to expand trade, goods and services, and investments among member states and Japan.