Politics & Security

The SCC agreement tasks Japan with two roles: to reinforce its capability to defend its own sovereign territory, specifically the Senkaku Islands, and to reach out and assist Southeast Asian countries in building up their own defensive capabilities.

ASEAN in the Power Web

by Julio Amador III
The regional body will need to work hard, if it is to maintain its position at the center of Asia-Pacific power relations.

Obama's Visit to the Philippines and Southeast Asia

by Julio Amador III
United States President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Philippines this October as part of his trip to Southeast Asia to attend the APEC Summit, the ASEAN-US Summit and the East Asia Summit (EAS).

Australia-US Cooperation in the "Asian Century"

by Ellen L. Frost
The Australian Government’s 2012 White Paper Australia in the Asian Century highlights Asia’s dynamic growth, codifies the priority that Canberra has long assigned to Asia, and lists the steps that Australia needs to take to remain competitive.
The fact is that the alliance is not as close as many think and there are three core reasons why: namely, the incompatibility of values, a differing world view and alternative versions of history.