Peaceful Resolution to Dispute and UNCLOS: Really, America, Really?

To be very frank, I didn’t see it coming. The fact that President Obama arranged a special summit for heads of state and government of the U.S. and ASEAN member states is unheard of, even when the U.S.-ASEAN relations is currently in its strongest ever.

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2013 SEA Games, Lesson Learned

The 27th SEA Games has just been closed in Myanmar, with Thailand once again showing who are the masters of the region by becoming the grand champions with 107 gold medals. There are, of course, some lessons that can be learned from this SEA Games, especially facing the next iteration of the regional multi-event competition in Singapore in 2015, and this post will focus on those lessons.

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Menelaah Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia ASEAN

Apa yang Perhimpunan Bangsa-bangsa Asia Tenggara (ASEAN) tuliskan dalam Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia ASEAN (ASEAN Human Rights Declaration, AHRD) masih sangat jauh dari cita-cita ideal untuk penghormatan dan perlindungan terhadap hak asasi manusia. Hal ini bukanlah suatu kejutan, mengingat AHRD merupakan cerminan sempurna berbagai ‘kekurangan’ dari ASEAN sebagai sebuah organisasi kerjasama kawasan: tidak ada sesuatu yang bisa disebut ‘universal’, karena bagi ASEAN, kedaulatan suatu negara berada lebih tinggi dibandingkan otoritas dari organisasi tersebut. Continue reading Menelaah Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia ASEAN