William Choong

Dr William Choong is a Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Managing Editor at Fulcrum.

Articles by William Choong (32)

President Joe Biden

Biden Skips Jakarta: When (Not) Showing Up Speaks Volumes

William Choong|Sharon Seah

President Biden skipping the East Asia Summit in Jakarta bodes ill for both the optics of the decision and the implications on U.S. engagement in ASEAN, especially as China continues to expand influence and cultivate relations in the region.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Defence Minister Anita Anand

Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: When Rhetoric Extends Beyond Reach

William Choong|Joanne Lin

Canada is still on the outside looking in, even if it will be promoted to a strategic partnership with ASEAN next month.

Quad-lite Makes Right?

Hoang Thi Ha|William Choong

Analyses about the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) tend to focus on its four-way formal structures. An examination of the bilateral and plurilateral interactions between Quad members, as well as those between Quad members and other regional states, suggests that their coalition building is much more nimble and flexible.

South Korea: A Global Pivotal State, Not Quite

William Choong|Joanne Lin

South Korea has far-reaching geopolitical ambitions but focusing on the regions closest to it will bring more dividends in a competitive world.

Japan’s Role in Regional Security: Recalibration and Regional Reactions

Joseph Chinyong Liow|William Choong

Anti-militarist sentiments have been pervasive among ordinary Japanese since World War Two. But as the recent recalibration of Japan’s security and defence policy has shown, the country has not been stuck in the pacifist mould.