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Southeast Asia's Democratic Option

For the past half century, East Asia has been a crucible of... Read More

How Deep is the State?

THE Rome Statute has been explained until only two kinds of people... Read More

Time for Better Ties

AS the new Pakatan Harapan administration was being sworn in on May... Read More

No calm before election storm

MORE than ever since the latest military coup of 2014, Thailand seems... Read More

More Clarity Still Needed

JUST when everyone seemed inured to shocking details about 1MDB, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters... Read More

Keeping the World on Edge

THE shape of the world, or more specifically the world’s mess, would... Read More

Democracy is the Winner

EARLY last Monday morning an earthquake hit Taiwan’s coast, registering 6.1 in... Read More

Bigger Thriller in Manila

NOW that the quartet of Asean-related summits is over for the year,... Read More

When Realities Hit the ‘Road’

JUST 11 weeks into his election victory, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran... Read More

Renewing Ties Between Malaysia and Thailand

THE nuances that contribute to the delicate relations among Asean members deserve... Read More

G2 Becomes More Pivotal

US-China relations are of great concern to much of the world, particularly... Read More

Hopes for Peace Remain

IN Thailand’s “Deep South,” largely Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, Thai citizenry,... Read More

The Irony Deepens

IN worsening the climate for a colossal trade war between the world’s... Read More

Evolution of Malaysia-China Relations

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in www.china.org.cn, 8 August 2018 Since... Read More

Whither the Trade War?

FOR further proof that China’s planners don’t always get it right, look... Read More

More Than Talkfests

TOP meetings of political leaders are supposed to mean something important and... Read More

Time for East Asia

AS an indication of how out of touch some international pundits of... Read More

Heeding the Realities

THERE is a pattern and a rhythm in global markets that, when... Read More

Non-Western Eurasia Rises

THE week that was ended with a significant non-Western event often ignored... Read More

Art of the Korean Deal

NO sooner had US and North Korean officials raced towards a first-ever... Read More

The Storm Continues

WHETHER it was a tsunami or tidal storm, GE14 hit Barisan Nasional... Read More

Fumbling and Stumbling

THE Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a term for operations that backfire:... Read More

Skies Darken Over Syria

AS if on schedule, US missiles backed by British and French forces... Read More

Misunderstanding ASEAN

“SO when is China going to join Asean?” a foreign news editor... Read More

Four Eyes Over Korea

AS seems most appropriate, an extraordinary event arrived in an unusual fashion.... Read More

Trapped by History

WHEN BBC’s Stephen Sackur interviewed American cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker on Hardtalk... Read More

Double Standards as Norm

Many countries can do a lot better than look to the rich... Read More

Davos On More Time

SO another month has ended for the world in Davos and another... Read More

Multipolarity Sets In

ONE phrase captures the complex and often baffling world of international relations... Read More

Party in full swing

NOW that the proverbial dust has settled over the 19th Congress of... Read More

Will history be repeated?

ROBERT Mugabe’s dramatic fall from grace as Zimbabwe’s strongman is only part... Read More

Mr Trump goes to Asia

PRESIDENT Trump arrives in Tokyo today at the start of a 10-day... Read More

The ‘fire’ next time

MAY 23 was a watershed for the Philippines and international terrorism. But... Read More

Sea claims not well grounded

WHEN a problem clearly becomes hopeless, it may generate one of two... Read More

Same-same, but different

After much talk of changes in German politics amid undercurrents of ditching... Read More

The Koreas On the Brink

Call for peace: Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification being... Read More

Testing Time for Asean

The South China Sea is experiencing what the Straits of Malacca did... Read More

On the Edge of A Territorial Clash

THERE are just two things wrong with the India-China face-off over Doklam... Read More

Focus Sharply on Terrorism

THE terrorist threat in South-East Asia has officially worsened since 2015 with... Read More

The Meanings Behind the Words

Asean season is already upon us, with member nations busily hosting international... Read More

Casting a Spotlight on the Koreas

To understand the peninsula’s situation better in forming appropriate responses, clear away... Read More

Long Way from Closing in On Terror

AFTER more than 100 days of the Trump presidency, mainstream media in... Read More

China in Period of Transition

THE study of modern China is fraught with pitfalls. Among these are... Read More

The ‘Enemies’ are at Home

NOT too long ago, the talk among US and China watchers was... Read More

Focus on the Policies

Beyond the noisy protests over Trump’s presidency, there are important policy issues... Read More

Malice in Wonderland

AT first, it seemed simple enough, but it was just the opposite:... Read More

A Faintly Familiar Feeling

Another round of peace talks between Thailand and rebel groups hosted by... Read More

Decoding Trump-ism

LAST Wednesday, a US Navy spy plane and its Chinese counterpart each... Read More

Time to Reflect, or Not

Now that the US presidential inauguration is over, all parties need to... Read More

Facing Pressure at Home, Islamic State Focuses on SE Asia

BANGKOK - As the Islamic State terror group faces territorial losses in... Read More

US-China Ties on the Precipice

Even as the US and China need to work more closely to... Read More

Some Regional Realities

BEFORE the current US-China “trade war” there was the mutual escalation of... Read More

Myanmar’s Eternal Shame

THE problem with tracing the origins of Myanmar’s current massacres of its... Read More

Is the ringgit real?

FOR the past 100 days, Malaysians have talked a lot about money.... Read More

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Mr Bunn Nagara

Mr. Bunn Nagara was Associate Editor and Foreign Editor of Star Publications, Senior Analyst and Visiting Fellow at ISIS, Research Fellow at ISEAS and ASEAN Fellow at the Japan Institute of International Affairs.

He held senior posts at New Straits Times, New Sabah Times and TV3 News, was Editor of New Voice of Asia journal, Contributing Editor of South Review, and analyst at Malaysian Industry, ABC (Australia) Radio and commentator on Asiaweek and Aljazeera. For covering the 1986 People Power Revolution, he received an NUJ citation and a Medal of Honor nominated by Philippine media and church leaders.

Bunn has published in Race and Class, The Indonesian Quarterly and Contemporary South-East Asia journals besides the Asian press. He co-authored Agents of Peace: Public Communication and Conflict Resolution in an Asian Setting (Jakarta, 2004), Regional Order in East Asia: ASEAN and Japan Perspectives (Tokyo, 2007), and The Rise of China: Perspectives from Asia and Europe (New Delhi, 2008).

He has contributed to undergraduate, civil/public service and journalism courses. He graduated from Southampton University and obtained a Post-Graduate Diploma from Uppsala University. He is a life member of the Malaysian Social Science Association and the Malaysian Association for American Studies, and is an East-West Center Associate. His research interests span ASEAN, East Asian integration and global power relations.


Published Articles

Southeast Asia's Democratic Option

13 May 2019
For the past half century, East Asia has been a crucible of change demanding global attention because of its promise. Most notably, countries in northeast...

How Deep is the State?

21 April 2019
THE Rome Statute has been explained until only two kinds of people can now insist it is “incompatible” with the Malaysian Constitution: the wilful fool...

Time for Better Ties

02 April 2019
AS the new Pakatan Harapan administration was being sworn in on May 10 last year, some anxiety stirred in Singapore. This was a new government...

No calm before election storm

24 February 2019
MORE than ever since the latest military coup of 2014, Thailand seems likely to stagger towards a scheduled election. Some shocks had been expected and...

More Clarity Still Needed

13 January 2019
JUST when everyone seemed inured to shocking details about 1MDB, Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporters appeared to have come up with more. Investigative reporters Tom Wright and Bradley...

Keeping the World on Edge

30 December 2018
THE shape of the world, or more specifically the world’s mess, would start to come into focus around the first quarter of 2019. Britain’s relationship...

Democracy is the Winner

03 December 2018
EARLY last Monday morning an earthquake hit Taiwan’s coast, registering 6.1 in Penghu county. The resulting tremors swiftly spread to Hong Kong. The presumed and...

Bigger Thriller in Manila

18 November 2018
NOW that the quartet of Asean-related summits is over for the year, so should the niggling criticisms. At least they should – more important matters...

When Realities Hit the ‘Road’

04 November 2018
JUST 11 weeks into his election victory, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan has already had to accomplish a task that seriously tests his diplomatic...

Renewing Ties Between Malaysia and Thailand

25 October 2018
THE nuances that contribute to the delicate relations among Asean members deserve greater acknowledgement, especially when such nuances are often misunderstood. Each set of bilateral...

G2 Becomes More Pivotal

21 October 2018
US-China relations are of great concern to much of the world, particularly this region, whether or not Washington and Beijing seem to realise it. DID...

Hopes for Peace Remain

07 October 2018
IN Thailand’s “Deep South,” largely Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces, Thai citizenry, communities, neighbourhoods and even families have been torn by intractable, decades-long violence. Formal...

The Irony Deepens

23 September 2018
IN worsening the climate for a colossal trade war between the world’s two biggest economies, the US slapped new sanctions on China three days ago....
Evolution of Malaysia-China relations

Evolution of Malaysia-China Relations

13 August 2018
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in www.china.org.cn, 8 August 2018 Since 1974, a sort of mythology has grown up around how Malaysia's current strong...
Whither the trade war?

Whither the Trade War?

06 August 2018
FOR further proof that China’s planners don’t always get it right, look no further than the current trade war with the United States. According to...
More than talkfests

More Than Talkfests

23 July 2018
TOP meetings of political leaders are supposed to mean something important and special. However, such meetings of leaders at their respective peaks, or summits, tend...
Time for East Asia

Time for East Asia

09 July 2018
AS an indication of how out of touch some international pundits of Asia are, they still call North-East Asia (China, Japan and Korea) “East Asia.”...

Heeding the Realities

26 June 2018
THERE is a pattern and a rhythm in global markets that, when acknowledged and heeded, can yield profits – but when denied or confronted may...
Non-Western Eurasia rises

Non-Western Eurasia Rises

11 June 2018
THE week that was ended with a significant non-Western event often ignored or misunderstood by the West: the latest Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. The...
Art of the Korean deal

Art of the Korean Deal

30 May 2018
NO sooner had US and North Korean officials raced towards a first-ever summit than they competed to pull away from it. Is anyone in Washington...
The storm continues

The Storm Continues

14 May 2018
WHETHER it was a tsunami or tidal storm, GE14 hit Barisan Nasional for six, a blow so severe that its members, leaders and component parties...
Fumbling and stumbling

Fumbling and Stumbling

02 May 2018
THE Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a term for operations that backfire: blowback. This happens when a field project stumbles and produces an untoward, often...
Skies darken over Syria

Skies Darken Over Syria

16 April 2018
AS if on schedule, US missiles backed by British and French forces attacked Syria yesterday, one year and a week after similar Cruise missiles hit...

Misunderstanding ASEAN

26 March 2018
“SO when is China going to join Asean?” a foreign news editor asked me in the early 1990s by way of introduction at a luncheon...
Four_eyes_over_Korea

Four Eyes Over Korea

15 March 2018
AS seems most appropriate, an extraordinary event arrived in an unusual fashion. Finally, the North Korean leader and the US president agreed to a first-ever...
Trapped by History

Trapped by History

26 February 2018
WHEN BBC’s Stephen Sackur interviewed American cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker on Hardtalk three nights ago, the discussion might have appeared dry and dull. That perception...

Double Standards as Norm

12 February 2018
Many countries can do a lot better than look to the rich and powerful among them which observe only the law of the jungle IN...

Davos On More Time

29 January 2018
SO another month has ended for the world in Davos and another year for Davos in the world, the international talkfest held at the Swiss...

Multipolarity Sets In

15 January 2018
ONE phrase captures the complex and often baffling world of international relations today: a shift towards multipolarity. This growing reality is experienced more than it...
Party in full swing

Party in full swing

18 December 2017
NOW that the proverbial dust has settled over the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), it is time to weigh the implications...
Will history be repeated?

Will history be repeated?

05 December 2017
ROBERT Mugabe’s dramatic fall from grace as Zimbabwe’s strongman is only part of a vast, unfolding tapestry. Just over 50 years ago, Ian Smith of...
Mr Trump goes to Asia

Mr Trump goes to Asia

07 November 2017
PRESIDENT Trump arrives in Tokyo today at the start of a 10-day trip to East Asia. It will be a first for the visitor and...
The ‘fire’ next time

The ‘fire’ next time

23 October 2017
MAY 23 was a watershed for the Philippines and international terrorism. But the times have changed considerably since. Abu Sayyaf bandits then had seriously ganged...
Sea claims not well grounded

Sea claims not well grounded

09 October 2017
WHEN a problem clearly becomes hopeless, it may generate one of two opposite reactions – intellectual equivalents of fight or flight. One is to see...
Same-same, but different

Same-same, but different

26 September 2017
After much talk of changes in German politics amid undercurrents of ditching the current government, the status quo still holds considerable sway for now at...
The Koreas On the Brink

The Koreas On the Brink

16 August 2017
Call for peace: Ribbons with inscriptions calling for peace and reunification being displayed on a military fence at Imjingak peace park near the Demilitarized Zone....
Testing Time for Asean

Testing Time for Asean

30 July 2017
The South China Sea is experiencing what the Straits of Malacca did – overcrowding by big external powers, making the case yet again for stronger...
On the Edge of A Territorial Clash

On the Edge of A Territorial Clash

17 July 2017
THERE are just two things wrong with the India-China face-off over Doklam in Bhutan – that it should happen at all, and that it has...
Focus Sharply on Terrorism

Focus Sharply on Terrorism

19 June 2017
THE terrorist threat in South-East Asia has officially worsened since 2015 with a focus on Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. However, it would...
The Meanings Behind the Words

The Meanings Behind the Words

06 June 2017
Asean season is already upon us, with member nations busily hosting international seminars, workshops and conferences about the regional organisation. Some of these events were...
Casting a Spotlight on the Koreas

Casting a Spotlight on the Koreas

22 May 2017
To understand the peninsula’s situation better in forming appropriate responses, clear away misconceptions, presumptions and prejudices – especially the familiar and established ones. THE “Hermit...
Long Way from Closing in On Terror

Long Way from Closing in On Terror

09 May 2017
AFTER more than 100 days of the Trump presidency, mainstream media in the West are only just beginning to report on the issues that matter...
China in Period of Transition

China in Period of Transition

25 April 2017
THE study of modern China is fraught with pitfalls. Among these are confusion and misunderstanding, either of the subject itself or of other people’s perception...
The ‘Enemies’ are at Home

The ‘Enemies’ are at Home

11 April 2017
NOT too long ago, the talk among US and China watchers was of a prospective trade war. Flexing his populist credentials, President-elect Donald Trump had...
Focus on the Policies

Focus on the Policies

29 March 2017
Beyond the noisy protests over Trump’s presidency, there are important policy issues and implications that need better understanding – but which are still neglected. NOT...
Malice in Wonderland

Malice in Wonderland

13 March 2017
AT first, it seemed simple enough, but it was just the opposite: a foreign man is accosted with a lethal face rub by two foreign...
A Faintly Familiar Feeling

A Faintly Familiar Feeling

28 February 2017
Another round of peace talks between Thailand and rebel groups hosted by Malaysia will be starting soon, but any new chances of success are still...
Decoding Trump-ism

Decoding Trump-ism

13 February 2017
LAST Wednesday, a US Navy spy plane and its Chinese counterpart each tempted fate, flying within 300m of each other over the disputed Scarborough Shoal...
Time to Reflect, or Not

Time to Reflect, or Not

23 January 2017
Now that the US presidential inauguration is over, all parties need to reconcile themselves with the Trump presidency regardless of preferences and inclinations. AFTER all...
Islamic State Focuses on SE Asia

Facing Pressure at Home, Islamic State Focuses on SE Asia

13 January 2017
BANGKOK - As the Islamic State terror group faces territorial losses in the Middle East, there are signs that the group is increasing its cooperation...
US-China Ties on the Precipice

US-China Ties on the Precipice

09 January 2017
Even as the US and China need to work more closely to resolve transnational problems, the space they have given themselves to do so is...

Some Regional Realities

13 September 2018
BEFORE the current US-China “trade war” there was the mutual escalation of tensions between the US and China on this region’s high seas. However, today’s...

Myanmar’s Eternal Shame

13 September 2018
THE problem with tracing the origins of Myanmar’s current massacres of its Rohingya people is that the starting point goes back many years. Myanmar’s campaign...

Is the ringgit real?

13 September 2018
FOR the past 100 days, Malaysians have talked a lot about money. We have been shocked by how much has gone missing, how much we...