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Hong Kong in decline

TWO generations ago cheap goods from Hong Kong were labelled simply “Made... Read More

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

The Lady has No Voice

THE Myanmar of today was ruled by the aggressive and expansionist Konbaung... Read More

Battening Down the Hatches

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, November 20, 2016.... Read More

Final Round for the White House

Scandals are not new in US presidential elections, but selective labels used... Read More

Between The Angry man and The ‘Nasty Woman’

IT is now only two weeks and two days to the US... Read More

Can Asean Step Up?

THE “regional security architecture” of East Asia is often said to be... Read More

Realities Behind the Wall

The fuss over measures to prevent illegal migration seems as out of... Read More

Seoul-ful Search for Peace

Provocative move: A man walking past a television screen showing a news... Read More

Mixing Borders With Trade

AMONG once-fashionable terms, “borderless world” must be one of the least relevant... Read More

Warming to Russia

Even as Western sanctions are often said to work on Russia, Russian... Read More

Turkey on the Brink

While Erdogan gives the impression of heroically defeating a coup attempt, the... Read More

Now, a ‘Brivot’ to Asia?

Instead of being the end of the good old EU days, Brexit... Read More

The Evolution Continues

BOTH the Leave and Remain sides of “Brexit” portray it as a... Read More

Back to Classic Terror

HOW is success against terrorism to be measured or even defined? Is... Read More

When Failure is Assured

Leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan... Read More

Now the Real Test Begins

After the colour and drama of another Philippine election, what kind of... Read More

Misunderstanding Trump

THE US political establishment continues to be caught off-guard by Donald Trump’s... Read More

Resolve These Anxieties

Tension in an already tense South China Sea region continues to rise,... Read More

More Seeming Reforms

Whenever Myanmar lurches towards a promise of change, the realities suggest otherwise... Read More

Building Solid Ties on Land

At least as important as the disputes over East Asian waters are... Read More

Mutual Threats Won’t Do

ON Thursday, the US navy dispatched a fleet of warships to the... Read More

‘The Donald’ has Trump Cards

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had always been expected to crash, but these... Read More

Asean Alive and Well at 100?

It is tempting to consider what Asean would be like in another... Read More

One Deal, Many Interests

Critics of the Iran nuclear deal cite many reasons against it, but... Read More

Losing to Terror by Default

Instead of choosing win-win opportunities, some countries are still opting for lose-lose... Read More

Losing the ‘War on Terror’

No effort against terrorism can work when it refuses to understand the... Read More

Trigger-happy or Just Proud?

As an informal coalition against terrorism in Syria began to build, a... Read More

Myanmar at The Starting Gate

New challenges: Suu Kyi may have ushered the NLD to an Far... Read More

Some Reflections on ‘Future of Malaysian Democracy’

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Thinking ASEAN, Issue 3 (September... Read More

Putting Economics First

Despite Britain’s role as the closest US ally, its leaders have surprised... Read More

Old Habits Die Hard

FOR the more discerning citizens of Asean who have been following the... Read More

Towards Closer Ties

President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States may mean... Read More

Invasions Have Effects

Many Western officials cannot fully understand a humanitarian crisis like today’s refugee... Read More

A Region Evolves with China

South-East Asia’s complex big power relations demand careful and considered understanding, where... Read More

More Woes for Myanmar

NOVEMBER 2015 was supposed to be the promising near future for Myanmar.... Read More

Between two ideals

After all the claims and recriminations over the Iran nuclear deal, it... Read More

Seizing the Eurasian Moment

IF there is still any doubt that Russia and China are cultivating... Read More

Learning From the EU

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 28 June 2015.... Read More

Vigilance Still the Key

As more major powers crowd into South-East Asia, Asean countries need to... Read More

The Problem Is the State

The litmus test of how governments and populations treat refugees and how... Read More

Osama Died ‘for Obama’s Glory’

Where conspiracy practice has already become widespread, typically for selfish and cynical... Read More

Unleashing Asean in the World

WHEN countries in a region act in unison, it can be so... Read More

Regional Issues in Context

To appreciate how issues today had developed from the past is also... Read More

Asian Development to the Fore

Asia’s need for better infrastructure and more development is too important to... Read More

Policy Hard Sell Turns Hard

The attempt to modify Japan’s constitutional provisions on sending troops abroad for... Read More

How to Lose to Terror

Countries supposedly fighting Da’ish (Islamic State) militants can begin to succeed only... Read More

Mistaken Policies, Missed Chances

There is no new Cold War, at least not yet, unless the... Read More

Tragedy Compounds Confusion

THE French weekly Charlie Hebdo had long prided itself on its notoriety... Read More

Balancing Between Superpowers

Major countries make major strategic errors, often to the advantage of other... Read More

Palestine Comes of Age

However hard Israel may try to block equal rights for Palestine in... Read More

It’s Not News If It’s Good

The success story of regional integration in Latin America today is seldom... Read More

Who Will Cast the First Stone?

Countries still steeped in criticising Asean and its ‘ways’ could do worse... Read More

Sound Policies Require Maturity

When major international policies are based on short-sighted self-interests and emotive impulses,... Read More

Exhuming fact from fiction

Where undeclared interests reign, such as in global strategic concerns, the need... Read More

War of Words Against Terrorism

Far too often, the more shrill the rhetoric the less effective the... Read More

Tide of hope in the region

Policy challenges over the South China Sea exist alongside some possibilities, with... Read More

Missed opportunities

Amid loose talk of a new Cold War in the West, the... Read More

No Rest for Global Cop

When the work culture’ is to get involved in everybody else’s business... Read More

Moderation, Development’s Essential Ingredient

THE world has needed a movement of moderates ever since extremists of... Read More

ASEAN Moderation as Confidence-Building Measure

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Moderation Monitor, Vol. 1 No.... Read More

Same Old Inglorious Israel

The latest Israeli attacks on the Palestinian citizens of Gaza are no... Read More

More Questions Than Answers

While there is no doubt that shooting down MH17 was a grave... Read More

Garuda Rising New

The complexity and nuanced sophistication with which Indonesian voters choose their next... Read More

China at Sea, Advantage Europe

When China cannot develop relations with countries in its neighbourhood, it tries... Read More

Fighting to End an Unfinished War

George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq is now reaping its latests fruits,... Read More

The Thailand Coup and Its Aftermath

THAILAND’S latest coup is in its third week, with different countries reacting... Read More

EU Teetering on the Brink, Almost

JUST as Europe tussled with Russia over issues of regional identity in... Read More

Another Reluctant Coup Hits Thailand

Within days, Bangkok moved from a troubled democracy to martial law to... Read More

Teamwork Rules in Indonesia

TO appreciate Indonesia’s fledgling democracy better, understanding its uniqueness helps. The country’s... Read More

Still No Rest for Politicians

Thailand's complex politics grows ever more complicated, again producing more questions and... Read More

The Law Requires All Hands on Deck

ANYONE trying to keep track of pirate incidents anywhere in the world... Read More

Once More, with Less Feelings

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 6 April 2014. Read More

Tension Around the Ballot Box

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 30 March 2014. Read More

Reverting to History’s Infamy

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 23 March 2014. Read More

Replaying History over Crimea

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 March 2014. Read More

Bangkok at Another Crossroads

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 March 2014. Read More

Justice Getting in the Way of Politics

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 23 February 2014. Read More

Looking Beyond the Fence

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 February 2014. Read More

Interesting Times in East Asia

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 9 February 2014. Read More

Restating a Claim and a Threat

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 February 2014. Read More

Forging Ahead to Calamity

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 26 January 2014. Read More

The Political Storm to Come

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 19 January 2014. Read More

War in the City

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 12 January 2014. Read More

Still No End to the Fighting

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 5 January 2014. Read More

Great Deeds Still To Match Fine Words

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 29 December 2013. Read More

Heavy-duty Spying Does Not Pay

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 22 December 2013. Read More

A Hard-won Legacy Lives on

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 15 December 2013. Read More

Democracy in the Balance

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 8 December 2013. Read More

Misunderstanding the ‘Asean Way’

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 1 December 2013. Read More

From Down Under to Where?

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 24 November 2013. Read More

China Stays on Road to Reform

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 17 November 2013. Read More

Keeping Things NEAT

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of... Read More

That Sinking Feeling in Bangkok

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 10 November 2013. Read More

Not a James Bond Story

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 3 November 2013. Read More

China Syndrome Hits the Road

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 27 October 2013. Read More

It Could Have Been Worse

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 20 October 2013. Read More

War Loses Its Popularity

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 13 October 2013. Read More

Global Developments, Regional Consequences

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Diplomatic Voice, Vol. 2 2013,... Read More

Myanmar Violence True to Form

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 6 October 2013. Read More

Xi’s Visit Is Another Historic Marker Along Celebrated Route

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 4 October 2013. Read More

Abusing Intelligence Is Stupid

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 29 September 2013. Read More

Ups and Downs in Syria

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 22 September 2013. Read More

Betraying the Moro Cause

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 15 September 2013. Read More

Keeping things NEAT

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star Online, 8 September 2013. Read More

The Sheriff Rides Again

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star Online, 1 September 2013. Read More

Media Issues are Universal

Bunn Nagara which appeared in Sunday Star, 25 August 2013 . Read More

Making the Sphinx Wince

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 18 August 2013. Read More

Intelligence Without Info

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 11 August 2013. Read More

Battle Stations Bangkok

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 4 August 2013. Read More

Syria, the ‘New Afghanistan’

Syria, the ‘New Afghanistan’ By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star,... Read More

Social Development Pays

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 14 July 2013. Read More

Misreading of Events

Misreading of Events By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 7... Read More

Time to Reset East Asia

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 30 June 2013. Read More

Afghanistan Is Back to Square One

Afghanistan Is Back to Square One By Bunn Nagara which appeared in... Read More

Not Really Gangnam Style

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 June 2013. Read More

Reflections on the 22nd ASEAN Summit

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of... Read More

Democracy Under Siege

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 9 June 2013. Read More

A Once-Proud Nation Unravels

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 June 2013. Read More

When Faith Trumps Reality

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 26 May 2013. Read More

No Bridge Over Troubled Waters

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star 19 May 2013. Read More

Peace Talks Go South, Again

Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Sunday Star, 12 May... Read More

Slow But Steady Progress

By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 28 April 2013. Read More

Talk of War to Keep the Peace

By Mr Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 14 April 2013. 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

Hong Kong in decline

01 August 2019
TWO generations ago cheap goods from Hong Kong were labelled simply “Made in Hong Kong,” but their poor quality soon made that embarrassing. For marketing...

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...
The Lady has No Voice

The Lady has No Voice

06 December 2016
THE Myanmar of today was ruled by the aggressive and expansionist Konbaung Dynasty from the mid-18th to the late 19th century. Konbaung kings attacked India’s...
Battening Down the Hatches

Battening Down the Hatches

22 November 2016
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, November 20, 2016. Download
Final Round for the White House

Final Round for the White House

09 November 2016
Scandals are not new in US presidential elections, but selective labels used on candidates are even more revealing about policies to come. THE extended melee...
Between The Angry man and The ‘Nasty Woman’

Between The Angry man and The ‘Nasty Woman’

02 November 2016
IT is now only two weeks and two days to the US presidential election and practically, the whole planet is as clued-in on the identities...
Can Asean Step Up?

Can Asean Step Up?

11 October 2016
THE “regional security architecture” of East Asia is often said to be in need of refurbishment. The decades-long balance of forces deriving from the distinct...
Realities Behind the Wall

Realities Behind the Wall

26 September 2016
The fuss over measures to prevent illegal migration seems as out of touch with popular sentiments as it is with political platforms championing these measures....
Seoul-ful Search for Peace

Seoul-ful Search for Peace

20 September 2016
Provocative move: A man walking past a television screen showing a news broadcast on North Korea’s nuclear test at Gimhae International Airport in Busan, South...
Mixing Borders With Trade

Mixing Borders With Trade

29 August 2016
AMONG once-fashionable terms, “borderless world” must be one of the least relevant today. Borders are at least as important now as they had ever been....
Warming to Russia

Warming to Russia

15 August 2016
Even as Western sanctions are often said to work on Russia, Russian sanctions on Europe are proving to be even more effective. AS the US...
Turkey on the Brink

Turkey on the Brink

25 July 2016
While Erdogan gives the impression of heroically defeating a coup attempt, the underlying political differences have become harder to resolve and remain a growing problem....
Now, a ‘Brivot’ to Asia?

Now, a ‘Brivot’ to Asia?

11 July 2016
Instead of being the end of the good old EU days, Brexit may just be the beginning of Britain’s new productive relations in Asia. FROM...
The Evolution Continues

The Evolution Continues

28 June 2016
BOTH the Leave and Remain sides of “Brexit” portray it as a unique and dramatic break from the norm, but Britain’s EU exit is merely...
Back to Classic Terror

Back to Classic Terror

14 June 2016
HOW is success against terrorism to be measured or even defined? Is there a common measure that works? It concerns the scale of achievement against...
When Failure is Assured

When Failure is Assured

31 May 2016
Leaders of the United States, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Japan plus the EU gathered for two days during the week in the Japanese...
Now the Real Test Begins

Now the Real Test Begins

16 May 2016
After the colour and drama of another Philippine election, what kind of country will a controversial President Duterte and his new government turn out? FROM...
Misunderstanding Trump

Misunderstanding Trump

01 May 2016
THE US political establishment continues to be caught off-guard by Donald Trump’s ever-ascending campaign, which is impacting on the Republican and Democratic establishments equally. Yet...
Resolve These Anxieties

Resolve These Anxieties

18 April 2016
Tension in an already tense South China Sea region continues to rise, with every indication that things may get worse before they get any better...
More Seeming Reforms

More Seeming Reforms

04 April 2016
Whenever Myanmar lurches towards a promise of change, the realities suggest otherwise – and the latest flurry of seeming change seems hardly any different. WHEN...
Building Solid Ties on Land

Building Solid Ties on Land

21 March 2016
At least as important as the disputes over East Asian waters are the blossoming relations and plans on mainland Europe and Asia. RECENT reports and...
Mutual Threats Won’t Do

Mutual Threats Won’t Do

07 March 2016
ON Thursday, the US navy dispatched a fleet of warships to the South China Sea, which China sees as an escalation of tension in a...
‘The Donald’ has Trump Cards

‘The Donald’ has Trump Cards

22 February 2016
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had always been expected to crash, but these pundits continue to be stumped and such predictions have proven wrong before. Powering...
Asean Alive and Well at 100?

Asean Alive and Well at 100?

15 February 2016
It is tempting to consider what Asean would be like in another 50 years, even though some may still not understand it in its first...
One Deal, Many Interests

One Deal, Many Interests

26 January 2016
Critics of the Iran nuclear deal cite many reasons against it, but they forget it is more than just about Iran or nuclear issues. THE...
Losing to Terror by Default

Losing to Terror by Default

11 January 2016
Instead of choosing win-win opportunities, some countries are still opting for lose-lose situations against international terrorist threats. WHAT many cynical analysts will not admit is...
Losing the ‘War on Terror’

Losing the ‘War on Terror’

15 December 2015
No effort against terrorism can work when it refuses to understand the root causes, especially when it actually encourages more widespread and endless violence WAR,...
Trigger-happy or Just Proud?

Trigger-happy or Just Proud?

30 November 2015
As an informal coalition against terrorism in Syria began to build, a single act suddenly transforms the situation to benefit regime change and more chaos....
Myanmar at The Starting Gate

Myanmar at The Starting Gate

16 November 2015
New challenges: Suu Kyi may have ushered the NLD to an Far from Myanmar’s election last weekend being the end of a long struggle for...
Some reflections on ‘future of Malaysian democracy’

Some Reflections on ‘Future of Malaysian Democracy’

02 November 2015
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Thinking ASEAN, Issue 3 (September 2015) Download
Putting economics first

Putting Economics First

26 October 2015
Despite Britain’s role as the closest US ally, its leaders have surprised the world by surging forward in relations with a rising China. FOR centuries,...
Old Habits Die Hard

Old Habits Die Hard

12 October 2015
FOR the more discerning citizens of Asean who have been following the recurring transboundary haze pollution, 2015 was earlier being closely watched "with hope and...
Towards Closer Ties

Towards Closer Ties

28 September 2015
President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the United States may mean vastly improved China-US relations, with key agreements signed ahead to mark the occasion....
Invasions Have Effects

Invasions Have Effects

14 September 2015
Many Western officials cannot fully understand a humanitarian crisis like today’s refugee exodus when they have lost sight of their own humanity. IT seemed so...
A Region Evolves with China

A Region Evolves with China

01 September 2015
South-East Asia’s complex big power relations demand careful and considered understanding, where frequent complications and familiar gut reactions do not help. WHEN countries have difficulty...
More Woes for Myanmar

More Woes for Myanmar

17 August 2015
NOVEMBER 2015 was supposed to be the promising near future for Myanmar. It would have been the month for the freest election since 1990. That...
Between two ideals

Between two ideals

27 July 2015
After all the claims and recriminations over the Iran nuclear deal, it boils down to whether a country really wants to have a deal or...
Seizing the Eurasian Moment

Seizing the Eurasian Moment

12 July 2015
IF there is still any doubt that Russia and China are cultivating their global presence together, events in recent days come as a timely antidote....
Learning From the EU

Learning From the EU

29 June 2015
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 28 June 2015. BN_The_Star_28Jun2015.pdf
Vigilance Still the Key

Vigilance Still the Key

16 June 2015
As more major powers crowd into South-East Asia, Asean countries need to develop the necessary skills to keep their territories safe and stable SOUTH-EAST Asia...
The Problem Is the State

The Problem Is the State

01 June 2015
The litmus test of how governments and populations treat refugees and how Myanmar treats minority groups, is the pathetic plight of the Rohingya. THE waves...
Osama Died ‘for Obama’s Glory’

Osama Died ‘for Obama’s Glory’

18 May 2015
Where conspiracy practice has already become widespread, typically for selfish and cynical purposes, conspiracy theories themselves are no longer necessary TRUTH is said to be...
Unleashing Asean in the World

Unleashing Asean in the World

05 May 2015
WHEN countries in a region act in unison, it can be so reassuring particularly when policing the region against any misdeeds. Peer pressure can be...
Regional Issues in Context

Regional Issues in Context

20 April 2015
To appreciate how issues today had developed from the past is also to understand how they are likely to develop in the future. MANY people...
Asian Development to the Fore

Asian Development to the Fore

06 April 2015
Asia’s need for better infrastructure and more development is too important to be held to ransom by outdated big power politics and petty posturing. FOR...
Policy Hard Sell Turns Hard

Policy Hard Sell Turns Hard

23 March 2015
The attempt to modify Japan’s constitutional provisions on sending troops abroad for battle has become more difficult than the Abe government had expected JAPAN’S desire...
How to Lose to Terror

How to Lose to Terror

09 March 2015
Countries supposedly fighting Da’ish (Islamic State) militants can begin to succeed only if they can acknowledge their weaknesses and errors, which still seems unlikely. THE...
Mistaken Policies, Missed Chances

Mistaken Policies, Missed Chances

08 February 2015
There is no new Cold War, at least not yet, unless the West is determined to pursue it over all other needs THE more urgent...
Tragedy Compounds Confusion

Tragedy Compounds Confusion

11 January 2015
THE French weekly Charlie Hebdo had long prided itself on its notoriety for crude and vulgar satire in which nothing is sacred. Four days ago,...
Balancing Between Superpowers

Balancing Between Superpowers

22 December 2014
Major countries make major strategic errors, often to the advantage of other major powers, smaller nations in between or all of the above. TO the...
Palestine Comes of Age

Palestine Comes of Age

08 December 2014
However hard Israel may try to block equal rights for Palestine in peace talks, even its US ally cannot stop an international quest for justice....
It’s Not News If It’s Good

It’s Not News If It’s Good

24 November 2014
The success story of regional integration in Latin America today is seldom heard elsewhere in the world, even as people there experience it daily. LATIN...
Who Will Cast the First Stone?

Who Will Cast the First Stone?

10 November 2014
Countries still steeped in criticising Asean and its ‘ways’ could do worse than look in the mirror and be honest with themselves at least. FOR...
Sound Policies Require Maturity

Sound Policies Require Maturity

28 October 2014
When major international policies are based on short-sighted self-interests and emotive impulses, problems are never far away. THE first thing about an integrated system is...
Exhuming fact from fiction

Exhuming fact from fiction

13 October 2014
Where undeclared interests reign, such as in global strategic concerns, the need to get a firmer grip on reality grows. WHEN political or ideological passions...
War of Words Against Terrorism

War of Words Against Terrorism

29 September 2014
Far too often, the more shrill the rhetoric the less effective the policy-and the international rhetoric against IS terrorism is now very shrill indeed. THE...
Tide of hope in the region

Tide of hope in the region

15 September 2014
Policy challenges over the South China Sea exist alongside some possibilities, with everything riding on how countries choose to behave. THE old Chinese description of...
Missed opportunities

Missed opportunities

02 September 2014
Amid loose talk of a new Cold War in the West, the realities are still very different in a much more dangerous world today WHEN...
No Rest for Global Cop

No Rest for Global Cop

18 August 2014
When the work culture’ is to get involved in everybody else’s business around the world, whether or not anything is resolved, the challenges can be...
Moderation, Development’s Essential Ingredient

Moderation, Development’s Essential Ingredient

11 August 2014
THE world has needed a movement of moderates ever since extremists of any stripe started organising on a mass scale. Unlike more localised or personal...
ASEAN Moderation as Confidence-Building Measure

ASEAN Moderation as Confidence-Building Measure

11 August 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Moderation Monitor, Vol. 1 No. 1 (2014), pp. 80-90. BN_ASEAN_Moderation_Monitor_V1N1_2014.pdf
Same Old Inglorious Israel

Same Old Inglorious Israel

04 August 2014
The latest Israeli attacks on the Palestinian citizens of Gaza are no different from previous mass murders, only bloodier and even more tragic THE more...
More Questions Than Answers

More Questions Than Answers

21 July 2014
While there is no doubt that shooting down MH17 was a grave crime, everything else remains uncertain. ALL the big questions about MH17 began only...
Garuda Rising New

Garuda Rising New

07 July 2014
The complexity and nuanced sophistication with which Indonesian voters choose their next presidential election are telling, bewildering and definitive IN just three days, Indonesians head...
China at Sea, Advantage Europe

China at Sea, Advantage Europe

23 June 2014
When China cannot develop relations with countries in its neighbourhood, it tries Europe for now, especially when business deals beckon WHILE spats over disputed maritime...
Fighting to End an Unfinished War

Fighting to End an Unfinished War

15 June 2014
George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq is now reaping its latests fruits, as uncontrollable violence spills over the country’s borders. JUST over a decade after...
The Thailand Coup and Its Aftermath

The Thailand Coup and Its Aftermath

09 June 2014
THAILAND’S latest coup is in its third week, with different countries reacting differently. Some four dozen countries have sounded travel warnings. The EU is anxious,...
EU Teetering on the Brink, Almost

EU Teetering on the Brink, Almost

03 June 2014
JUST as Europe tussled with Russia over issues of regional identity in Crimea and Ukraine, grave questions hung over its prime regionalist project: the European...
Another Reluctant Coup Hits Thailand

Another Reluctant Coup Hits Thailand

26 May 2014
Within days, Bangkok moved from a troubled democracy to martial law to a coup under an army junta without a single shot fired. LAST Tuesday...
Teamwork Rules in Indonesia

Teamwork Rules in Indonesia

19 May 2014
TO appreciate Indonesia’s fledgling democracy better, understanding its uniqueness helps. The country’s post-Suharto democratic gains are real and manifold. But the system is not without...
Still No Rest for Politicians

Still No Rest for Politicians

12 May 2014
Thailand's complex politics grows ever more complicated, again producing more questions and problems than answers or solutions. FOR Thailand, the week had begun with an...
The Law Requires All Hands on Deck

The Law Requires All Hands on Deck

28 April 2014
ANYONE trying to keep track of pirate incidents anywhere in the world may be forgiven for being confused. The numbers can be slippery, misleading or...
Once More, with Less Feelings

Once More, with Less Feelings

07 April 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 6 April 2014.
Tension Around the Ballot Box

Tension Around the Ballot Box

30 March 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 30 March 2014.
Reverting to History’s Infamy

Reverting to History’s Infamy

23 March 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 23 March 2014.
Replaying History over Crimea

Replaying History over Crimea

17 March 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 March 2014.
Bangkok at Another Crossroads

Bangkok at Another Crossroads

03 March 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 March 2014.
Justice Getting in the Way of Politics

Justice Getting in the Way of Politics

23 February 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 23 February 2014.
Revving Up Local Car Industry

Looking Beyond the Fence

17 February 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 February 2014.
Interesting Times in East Asia

Interesting Times in East Asia

10 February 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 9 February 2014.
Restating a Claim and a Threat

Restating a Claim and a Threat

04 February 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 February 2014.
Forging Ahead to Calamity

Forging Ahead to Calamity

28 January 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 26 January 2014.
The Political Storm to Come

The Political Storm to Come

20 January 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 19 January 2014.
War in the City

War in the City

12 January 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 12 January 2014.
Still No End to the Fighting

Still No End to the Fighting

06 January 2014
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 5 January 2014.
Great Deeds Still To Match Fine Words

Great Deeds Still To Match Fine Words

31 December 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 29 December 2013.
Heavy-duty Spying Does Not Pay

Heavy-duty Spying Does Not Pay

23 December 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 22 December 2013.
A Hard-won Legacy Lives on

A Hard-won Legacy Lives on

16 December 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 15 December 2013.
Democracy in the Balance

Democracy in the Balance

09 December 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 8 December 2013.
Misunderstanding the ‘Asean Way’

Misunderstanding the ‘Asean Way’

02 December 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 1 December 2013.
Indonesia Australia

From Down Under to Where?

25 November 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 24 November 2013.
China Stays on Road to Reform

China Stays on Road to Reform

18 November 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 17 November 2013.
Keeping Things NEAT

Keeping Things NEAT

30 September 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), September 2013, p. 6-8.
That Sinking Feeling in Bangkok

That Sinking Feeling in Bangkok

11 November 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 10 November 2013.
Not a James Bond Story

Not a James Bond Story

04 November 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 3 November 2013.
China Syndrome Hits the Road

China Syndrome Hits the Road

29 October 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 27 October 2013.
It Could Have Been Worse

It Could Have Been Worse

20 October 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 20 October 2013.
War Loses Its Popularity

War Loses Its Popularity

16 October 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 13 October 2013.
Global Developments, Regional Consequences

Global Developments, Regional Consequences

10 October 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in Diplomatic Voice, Vol. 2 2013, pp. 3-4. Kuala Lumpur: Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations, Ministry of Foreign...
Myanmar Violence True to Form

Myanmar Violence True to Form

06 October 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 6 October 2013.
Xi’s Visit Is Another Historic Marker Along Celebrated Route

Xi’s Visit Is Another Historic Marker Along Celebrated Route

04 October 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 4 October 2013.
Abusing Intelligence Is Stupid

Abusing Intelligence Is Stupid

30 September 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 29 September 2013.
Ups and Downs in Syria

Ups and Downs in Syria

23 September 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 22 September 2013.
Betraying the Moro Cause

Betraying the Moro Cause

15 September 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 15 September 2013.
Keeping things NEAT

Keeping things NEAT

09 September 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star Online, 8 September 2013.
The Sheriff Rides Again

The Sheriff Rides Again

02 September 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star Online, 1 September 2013.
Media Issues are Universal

Media Issues are Universal

27 August 2013
Bunn Nagara which appeared in Sunday Star, 25 August 2013 .
Making the Sphinx Wince

Making the Sphinx Wince

20 August 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 18 August 2013.
Intelligence Without Info

Intelligence Without Info

14 August 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 11 August 2013.
Battle Stations Bangkok

Battle Stations Bangkok

05 August 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 4 August 2013.
Syria, the New Afghanistan

Syria, the ‘New Afghanistan’

30 July 2013
Syria, the ‘New Afghanistan’ By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 28 July 2013.
Social development

Social Development Pays

15 July 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 14 July 2013.
Misreading of Events

Misreading of Events

09 July 2013
Misreading of Events By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 7 July 2013.
Time to Reset East Asia

Time to Reset East Asia

02 July 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 30 June 2013.
Afghanistan Is Back to Square One

Afghanistan Is Back to Square One

25 June 2013
Afghanistan Is Back to Square One By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 23 June 2013.
Not Really Gangnam Style

Not Really Gangnam Style

17 June 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 16 June 2013.
Reflections on the 22nd ASEAN Summit

Reflections on the 22nd ASEAN Summit

30 April 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in ASEAN Newsletter (of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Republic of Korea), April 2013, p. 3-4.
democracy under siege

Democracy Under Siege

10 June 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 9 June 2013.
Syria conflict

A Once-Proud Nation Unravels

03 June 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 2 June 2013.
When Faith Trumps Reality

When Faith Trumps Reality

28 May 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 26 May 2013.
No Bridge Over Troubled Waters

No Bridge Over Troubled Waters

20 May 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star 19 May 2013.
Peace Talks Go South, Again

Peace Talks Go South, Again

13 May 2013
Article by Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Sunday Star, 12 May 2013.
Slow But Steady Progress

Slow But Steady Progress

29 April 2013
By Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 28 April 2013.
Talk of War to Keep the Peace

Talk of War to Keep the Peace

14 April 2013
By Mr Bunn Nagara which appeared in The Star, 14 April 2013.

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13 September 2018
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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...