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Prashanth Parameswaran

Prashanth Parameswaran is Associate Editor at The Diplomat based in Washington, D.C., where he writes mostly on Southeast Asia, Asian security affairs and U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. He is also a PhD candidate at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

An ASEAN citizen who grew up in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines before moving to the United States, Prashanth previously worked on Asian affairs at several think tanks including the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He has also conducted extensive field research in the region and consulted for companies and governments. His writings have appeared in a wide range of publications in the United States and in Asia, including Foreign Policy, The National Interest, The Washington Quarterly, The Straits Times, and The Nation.

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US-Vietnam Defense Relations: Problems and Prospects
May 27, 2016
US-Vietnam Defense Relations: Problems and Prospects
A closer look at what lies ahead for cooperation between Washington and Hanoi.
US-Vietnam Defense Relations: Problems and Prospects
Did the EU Grant Thailand a Fishing Ban Extension?
May 25, 2016
Did the EU Grant Thailand a Fishing Ban Extension?
Thailand’s illegal fishing woes were in the spotlight again this week.
Did the EU Grant Thailand a Fishing Ban Extension?
Why Obama’s Lifting of the Vietnam Arms Embargo Matters
May 24, 2016
Why Obama’s Lifting of the Vietnam Arms Embargo Matters
Its significance extends beyond U.S.-Vietnam bilateral ties.
Why Obama’s Lifting of the Vietnam Arms Embargo Matters
Russia, Laos Ink New Military Helicopter Deal
May 24, 2016
Russia, Laos Ink New Military Helicopter Deal
Moscow reaches new after-sale maintenance contract with Vientiane.
Russia, Laos Ink New Military Helicopter Deal
US, Thailand Launch Naval Exercise in Andaman Sea
May 24, 2016
US, Thailand Launch Naval Exercise in Andaman Sea
Exercise Guardian Sea 2016 will last from May 23 till May 27.
US, Thailand Launch Naval Exercise in Andaman Sea
Obama Fully Lifts Vietnam Arms Embargo on Visit
May 23, 2016
Obama Fully Lifts Vietnam Arms Embargo on Visit
Washington removes decades-old ban after weeks of speculation.
Obama Fully Lifts Vietnam Arms Embargo on Visit
China, Thailand Kick Off Military Exercise Blue Strike 2016
May 23, 2016
China, Thailand Kick Off Military Exercise Blue Strike 2016
Beijing and Bangkok kick off drills at Sattahip naval base.
China, Thailand Kick Off Military Exercise Blue Strike 2016
The Case for Lifting the US Vietnam Arms Embargo
May 20, 2016
The Case for Lifting the US Vietnam Arms Embargo
There is a strong case for a full lifting of the ban sooner rather than later.
The Case for Lifting the US Vietnam Arms Embargo
Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China
May 18, 2016
Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China
Agreement inked with Beijing for MBT-3000s.
Thailand to Buy Battle Tanks from China
Thailand Mulls Buying New Military Helicopters from Russia
May 18, 2016
Thailand Mulls Buying New Military Helicopters from Russia
Officials say the country is eyeing purchases to replace US platforms.
Thailand Mulls Buying New Military Helicopters from Russia
Australia, Thailand Host Regional Peacekeeping Exercise
May 17, 2016
Australia, Thailand Host Regional Peacekeeping Exercise
This year’s iteration of PIRAP-JABIRU will last until May 20.
Australia, Thailand Host Regional Peacekeeping Exercise
Singapore Responds to First Zika Virus Case
May 16, 2016
Singapore Responds to First Zika Virus Case
City-state the latest to be hit by the virus in the region.
Singapore Responds to First Zika Virus Case
Philippines, France Ink New Defense Pact
May 16, 2016
Philippines, France Ink New Defense Pact
Defense agreement lays out framework for bilateral cooperation.
Philippines, France Ink New Defense Pact
The Philippines Under Duterte: Reassurance Needed At Home and Abroad
May 13, 2016
The Philippines Under Duterte: Reassurance Needed At Home and Abroad
The country’s president must start reconciling rhetoric with reality as he prepares to govern.
The Philippines Under Duterte: Reassurance Needed At Home and Abroad
US Kicks Off Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission
May 12, 2016
US Kicks Off Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission
May 11 marks the launch of this year’s iteration of the Pacific Partnership.
US Kicks Off Asia’s Largest Annual Humanitarian Mission
Indonesia to Execute 10 Foreigners in War on Drugs
May 12, 2016
Indonesia to Execute 10 Foreigners in War on Drugs
The third round of drug convict executions during Jokowi’s presidency is in the works.
Indonesia to Execute 10 Foreigners in War on Drugs
Singapore, Australia Deepen Comprehensive Strategic Partnership With New Deal
May 10, 2016
Singapore, Australia Deepen Comprehensive Strategic Partnership With New Deal
The two sides announce a package deal of measures to begin boosting their relationship further.
Singapore, Australia Deepen Comprehensive Strategic Partnership With New Deal
What’s Behind the New Singapore-Australia Defense Deal?
May 10, 2016
What’s Behind the New Singapore-Australia Defense Deal?
The significance of an agreement on military training needs to be put into perspective.
What’s Behind the New Singapore-Australia Defense Deal?
Controversial Duterte Clinches Win in Philippines Election Amid Uncertainty
May 10, 2016
Controversial Duterte Clinches Win in Philippines Election Amid Uncertainty
Sizable victory sparks worries about future of reform gains under predecessor.
Controversial Duterte Clinches Win in Philippines Election Amid Uncertainty
Myanmar’s New President Makes Laos First Overseas Trip
May 09, 2016
Myanmar’s New President Makes Laos First Overseas Trip
Htin Kyaw visits neighboring Laos to boost bilateral ties.
Myanmar’s New President Makes Laos First Overseas Trip
Brunei’s New Air Force Commander Visits Singapore
May 09, 2016
Brunei’s New Air Force Commander Visits Singapore
New chief makes trip to the city-state from May 4 to 6.
Brunei’s New Air Force Commander Visits Singapore
Top US Asia Diplomat Visits Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia
May 07, 2016
Top US Asia Diplomat Visits Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia
Daniel Russel is in the region for a series of bilateral and regional meetings May 6 to 12.
Top US Asia Diplomat Visits Laos, Vietnam, and Malaysia
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia Agree on New Joint Patrols Amid Kidnappings
May 06, 2016
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia Agree on New Joint Patrols Amid Kidnappings
Patrols part of broader plan to tackle rising maritime security challenges.
Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia Agree on New Joint Patrols Amid Kidnappings
India, Indonesia Kick Off Joint Naval Patrols
May 04, 2016
India, Indonesia Kick Off Joint Naval Patrols
The latest iteration of the Ind-Indo CORPAT will go on till mid-May.
India, Indonesia Kick Off Joint Naval Patrols
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