Category: Opinion

The latest opinion from those committed to making our region fair, just and democratic.


Petro’s Choice: Resisting Putin’s War with Truths

“When you lose everything – your home, your career, your family – people around you (strangers) become most important.” Anyone concerned about shared humanity, I hope, will do his or her part by listening to Petro’s uncensored tales of what it means to live in the time of the crime against peace perpetrated on your national community.

/ April 10, 2022

The Clash of Empire Builders: China, USA and Russia

FORSEA Dialogue Series on Democratic Struggles will host a conversation with the famed Malaysian activist Hishamuddin Rais on the clash of imperialist powers and its global consequences.

/ April 6, 2022

Comedians’ Tragedy: The Global Shortage of Cynicism in the Russian-Ukrainian War

The world has no choice but to condemn the Russian aggression against Ukraine. It has no choice but to help the Ukrainians to end the war with honor. But it is the role of the Ukrainians to produce statesmen who understand that the Ukrainians need to suspect not only the Russians but also the Americans and the Europeans.

/ March 30, 2022

Ukraine and big power rivalry: Why the urge to ‘compare rottenness’ will lead Singapore nowhere

Some Singaporeans see crisis in Ukraine as a time to assert their values and allegiances in an identity war between the West and the Rest. Their view has little bearing on the future of Europe, yet these trends may complicate the country’s international relations in coming years.

How is the Russian Invasion of the Ukraine Impacting Asia and its Future?

There may be darker clouds ahead for the US in Asia. In the long run, Putin, like Hitler, could be responsible for the emergence of a new geopolitical order on a global scale in which the US place in Asia is less welcome than it once was.

/ March 25, 2022

Russia’s War Against Ukraine & Its Global Consequences: Views from Asia

In Southeast Asia, a region of nearly 600-million, neither the citizens nor the states seem to share the kind of popular official outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine, or the fear of immediate impact on their lives, which one sees in the West such as in the United States, Canada, the UK and European Union.  

/ March 22, 2022

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine Through My Burmese Eyes

None of the leading liberal democracies of the West really honours the principles they loudly espouse such as non-violence, popular and state sovereignty, human rights, or democracy, nor do they support democratic resistance, armed or non-violent, unless such support serves their hidden interests, whether those interests are commercial or geostrategic.

/ March 13, 2022

ICJ’s Mishandling of The Gambia v Myanmar undermines confidence in the Court

On 21 February, FORSEA hosted an international law roundtable with three Canadian and American legal scholars and practitioners immediately after the court’s completion of the first of the 4-public hearings on Myanmar’s preliminary objections to the court’s jurisdictions and Gambia’s legal standing with the court in The Gambia v Myanmar.

/ February 23, 2022

The Gambia v. Myanmar will decide whether the Genocide Convention is international law

Enforcement is one of the primary attributes that constitute law. If a law cannot be enforced, it can no longer be considered law. It is crucial that the ICJ's judgment in The Gambia v. Myanmar be used to correct the ICJ's erroneous requirement that genocide be the only intent of a State to prove its special intent to commit genocide.

/ February 21, 2022

The ICJ and the Issue of Lawful Representation in The Gambia v Myanmar

Ahead of the scheduled public hearings in The Gambia v Myanmar (the Rohingya genocide case) at the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre, Canada, the Genocide Watch of USA and FORSEA release a comprehensive legal analysis. It focuses on the crucial question of who should lawfully speak for Myanmar before the ICJ as Myanmar's coup resulted in an unprecedented situation with...

/ February 18, 2022