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Washington's view of ASEAN

Published on Sep 17, 2021 by Luke Hunt

A podcast with Guy Taylor, National Security Team Leader at The Washington Times, overseeing the paper’s State Department, Pentagon, and intelligence coverage. He has also reported from dozens of countries and seen his work honored by several journalism awards.Prior to joining The Times in 2011, Taylor was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the Fund For Investigative Journalism and he served as an editor at World Politics Review.Taylor spoke with The Diplomat’s Luke Hunt about U.S. foreign policy in Southeast Asia under President Joe Biden, the re-emergence of the Quad, the debacle in Kabul, and the impact of rapid changes in international diplomacy and the implications for ASEAN and China. Listen here..

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Russia Seduces Myanmar

Published on Mar 2, 2021 by Luke Hunt

Russia’s appetite for influence and lucrative arms sales in Southeast Asia has been whetted by the latest coup in Myanmar, where isolated generals remain distrustful of China but still require allies on the United Nations Security Council. Chinese investments had flourished in Myanmar under the now-deposed civilian government effectively led by former opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi, and the military, also known as Tatmadaw, benefitted through state owned enterprises brought under its control before Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy won historic 2015 elections. However, relations between junta leaders and Beijing have long been strained over Chinese interference across their common border – an existential threat not shared with Russia – and Beijing’s assistance to long-running ethnic insurgencies, including....

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United States 2020 Elections

Published on Nov 22, 2020 by Luke Hunt

A list of stories written by Luke Hunt regarding the November 3 2020 elections in the United States.A Taliban endorsement worthy of our timesOf the few re-election endorsements enjoyed by Donald Trump, a double thumbs up from the Taliban was the most appropriate. After all, the US President gifted the hardline fundamentalist militia what its leaders crave most — fewer American troops, a promise to withdraw from Afghanistan and talks, lots of talks. Read more.Southeast Asia to benefit if Biden wins US electionFour years of the Trump administration have soured US relations with Southeast Asia, which he largely ignored, dispatching his low-level minions when it suited his trade war with China designed to please his white working-class base. Read more.Joe....

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Cambodian Leadership

Published on Jun 29, 2020 by Luke Hunt

PHNOM PENH – Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has groomed his eldest son as a potential successor ever since that son, Hun Manet, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point almost 20 years ago, and is confidently predicting his ruling Cambodian People’s Party will remain in power for another 100 years. Analysts say, though, that that rise is far from certain and Lieutenant General Hun Manet – who also heads the army – will have to negotiate the CPP politburo, factionalism, a fickle public and China to win enough support to govern this one-party state. Even Hun Sen, the region’s longest-serving leader, has tempered recent speculation that the top job was his son’s for the taking, saying there....

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