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Yan Flint

Former New Zealand ambassador to Vietnam

Yan Flint is a former New Zealand ambassador to Vietnam and former director of the Mekong Institute. He is currently a senior lecturer and researcher at Khon Kaen University.

Yan Flint
1 Jan 2016

An elusive goal

The 10 member nations of Asean now are a Community, a notable achievement, but it comes with mighty challenges - including just how to implement it.

1 Jan 2016 4
An elusive goal
10 Aug 2015

Asean hostage to poor governance

As the Asean foreign ministers head home after another intensive round of discussions in Kuala Lumpur ahead of the inception of the Asean Economic Community in less than five months' time, several important issues remain unresolved. These include illegal migration and trafficking, the depletion of fish stocks, trans-border haze, weak civil aviation regulations and a failure to agree on air traffic rights, and the lack of substantive progress on the proposed South China Sea Code of Conduct.

10 Aug 2015
30 Jul 2015

Stop blaming the report

Does Thailand want to be seen as a country where human rights are an inconvenience or as a modern, enlightened and respectable cosmopolitan country?

30 Jul 2015 4
Stop blaming the report