Michael Vatikiotis

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Opinion | Why China, US need to learn from the Cold War to avoid a hot war

The rise of China and growth in global polarity are affecting multilateralism, reflected in the UN’s declining influence as well as division and disunity in the Security Council.

The rise of China and growth in global polarity are affecting multilateralism, reflected in the UN’s declining influence as well as division and disunity in the Security Council.

6 Nov 2021 - 9:35PM
Opinion | The new imperialism: as Asia gets caught up in power struggle between China and the West, what can it do?

A new wave of imperial fervour threatens to sweep across Asia as the old Western powers struggle to assert their primacy in the face of an aggressively rising China.

A new wave of imperial fervour threatens to sweep across Asia as the old Western powers struggle to assert their primacy in the face of an aggressively rising China.

10 May 2021 - 8:30AM
Analysis | Indonesia’s Myanmar activism has achieved little except US and China agreement

In trying to shape a regional response to the situation in Myanmar, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi is following a deep historical precedent, but Jakarta faces a steep hurdle in getting its diplomacy to work.

In trying to shape a regional response to the situation in Myanmar, Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi is following a deep historical precedent, but Jakarta faces a steep hurdle in getting its diplomacy to work.

9 Mar 2021 - 7:41PM
Opinion | How Japan, Indonesia could help ease US-China tensions in Southeast Asia

To prevent conflict amid the US-China rivalry, new middle power configurations and bold diplomatic initiatives are in order, writes Michael Vatikiotis.

To prevent conflict amid the US-China rivalry, new middle power configurations and bold diplomatic initiatives are in order, writes Michael Vatikiotis.

8 Dec 2020 - 11:03AM
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?

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
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?

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

25 May 2020 - 7:06AM
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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.

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
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