Michael Vatikiotis

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Asian Angle | As US and China limber up for strategic contest, which Asia battles will they pick to fight?

A sharp increase in US-China rivalry has shifted the focus of geopolitical competition to Asia, but which areas will the two powers devise as their proxy battlefields?

31 Jul 2020 - 9:02AM

A sharp increase in US-China rivalry has shifted the focus of geopolitical competition to Asia, but which areas will the two powers devise as their proxy battlefields?

As US and China limber up for strategic contest, which Asia battles will they pick to fight?
Asian Angle | In the post-pandemic conflicts to come, Asia will have to fend for itself

The world that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic will be divided and bereft of leadership. Does dystopia beckon?

25 May 2020 - 7:06AM

The world that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic will be divided and bereft of leadership. Does dystopia beckon?

In the post-pandemic conflicts to come, Asia will have to fend for itself
Asian Angle | Coronavirus is paving the way for a return to military rule in Asia

As the going gets tough in the coronavirus battle, Southeast Asian countries that had embraced democratic reforms are falling back on militaries that still command extensive networks of power and influence.

4 Apr 2020 - 10:16AM

As the going gets tough in the coronavirus battle, Southeast Asian countries that had embraced democratic reforms are falling back on militaries that still command extensive networks of power and influence.

Coronavirus is paving the way for a return to military rule in Asia
Asian Angle | With Western democracy in retreat, Asia may have to forge its own path

In the capitals of what used to be called ‘the free world’, advocacy of democratic freedom seems to have taken a back seat to competition for strategic primacy.

15 Mar 2020 - 10:08AM

In the capitals of what used to be called ‘the free world’, advocacy of democratic freedom seems to have taken a back seat to competition for strategic primacy.

With Western democracy in retreat, Asia may have to forge its own path
Asian Angle | Four steps for Jokowi to save Indonesian democracy

President Joko Widodo has much to reflect on as he is sworn in for his second term today. After weeks of unrest in Papua, student protests, forest fires and a knife attack on a minister, here is how he could turn the tide.

12 Dec 2019 - 1:23PM

President Joko Widodo has much to reflect on as he is sworn in for his second term today. After weeks of unrest in Papua, student protests, forest fires and a knife attack on a minister, here is how he could turn the tide.

Four steps for Jokowi to save Indonesian democracy
Indonesia election: in Prabowo versus Widodo, it’s Islamic statehood versus tolerance

The story of Indonesia’s 2019 election is one of two countries. In one, an aspiring, urban middle class frets about the erosion of diversity; in the other, rural conservative Muslims aspire to a caliphate.

12 Apr 2019 - 9:47PM

The story of Indonesia’s 2019 election is one of two countries. In one, an aspiring, urban middle class frets about the erosion of diversity; in the other, rural conservative Muslims aspire to a caliphate.

Indonesia election: in Prabowo versus Widodo, it’s Islamic statehood versus tolerance
Asia’s Palestine? Myanmar’s Rohingya: stateless, persecuted and a new cause for religious extremism