Duterte’s bombastic rhetoric is unexpected headache for US

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers, and represent an unexpected headache for U.S. policymakers. Bio: https://tompepinsky.com/ Pepinsky says: “Rodrigo Duterte’s outbursts against the Obama administration defy the expectations of nearly all observers […]

US-Vietnam arms deal normalizes relations, counters China

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, says that Obama’s decision to end its embargo on arm sales to Vietnam is the final step in normalizing relations between the two countries, but it is also driven by regional concerns. Bio: http://government.arts.cornell.edu/faculty/pepinsky/ Pepinsky says: “The end of the U.S. […]

Philippine front-runners threaten an already imperfect democracy

Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of government at Cornell University, is available for comments on the upcoming elections in the Philippines. If front-running president and vice president candidates – Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. – are elected, Pepinsky says it may pose a true threat to an already imperfect democracy. […]

Southeast Asia expert in Jakarta says location of attack is symbolic

Suicide bombers and gunmen attacked the capital of Indonesia on Thursday morning. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attacks that have left two civilians and five attackers dead. Tom Pepinsky, a Southeast Asia expert and associate professor of Government at Cornell University, was in Jakarta when the blasts hit and says the location of […]

Cornell experts comment on Myanmar election

On Sunday, Myanmar will hold a historical parliamentary election where Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) will challenge the ruling and military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP). Experts of Southeast Asian politics at Cornell University comment on the significance of these elections.   On Myanmar’s economy: Thomas Pepinsky, associate professor in […]

Execution of drug traffickers in Indonesia sours relations with Australia

The execution of eight convicted drug traffickers may have satisfied the Indonesian public, but Asia expert and Professor of Government Thomas Pepinsky says that the executions have harmed relations with an important neighbor: Australia.   Pepinsky says:   “Indonesia executed eight men convicted of trafficking in narcotics yesterday. Although the death penalty remains quite popular […]