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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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Can Duterte’s Philippines Add Turkey and Mongolia to ASEAN?
May 18, 2017
Can Duterte’s Philippines Add Turkey and Mongolia to ASEAN?
The suggestion demonstrates an unsurprisingly poor understanding of the regional grouping and the complex choices it faces.  
Can Duterte’s Philippines Add Turkey and Mongolia to ASEAN?
Will Duterte’s Philippines Now Buy Arms From China?
May 17, 2017
Will Duterte’s Philippines Now Buy Arms From China?
Though Manila continues to flirt with the idea, details remain murky for now.
Will Duterte’s Philippines Now Buy Arms From China?
Singapore to Boost Submarine Fleet
May 17, 2017
Singapore to Boost Submarine Fleet
Move represents the latest step the city-state is taking to boost its maritime capabilities.
Singapore to Boost Submarine Fleet
How Significant is the 2017 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise?
May 16, 2017
How Significant is the 2017 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise?
Though Duterte has certainly been a damper on Balikatan thus far, officials also have a point about its enduring relevance.
How Significant is the 2017 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise?
Thailand Eyeing Israel Artillery System
May 16, 2017
Thailand Eyeing Israel Artillery System
RTMC is reportedly looking to procure platforms to boost the Southeast Asian state’s defenses.
Thailand Eyeing Israel Artillery System
Will Philippines Get More Indonesia-Built Warships?
May 15, 2017
Will Philippines Get More Indonesia-Built Warships?
Indonesian official says more vessels may be on the way.
Will Philippines Get More Indonesia-Built Warships?
India to Hold Military Drills With Singapore Amid Navy Anniversary
May 15, 2017
India to Hold Military Drills With Singapore Amid Navy Anniversary
Bilateral naval ties in the spotlight this week amid RSN50 celebrations.
India to Hold Military Drills With Singapore Amid Navy Anniversary
US, Singapore, Thailand Launch First Trilateral Exercise in South China Sea
May 15, 2017
US, Singapore, Thailand Launch First Trilateral Exercise in South China Sea
Trilateral engagement is yet another manifestation of the growing multilateralization of U.S. exercises in the region.
US, Singapore, Thailand Launch First Trilateral Exercise in South China Sea
What Was the First Special US-ASEAN Meeting Under Trump Really About?
May 13, 2017
What Was the First Special US-ASEAN Meeting Under Trump Really About?
An important recent engagement between the two sides was more than just about North Korea.
What Was the First Special US-ASEAN Meeting Under Trump Really About?
Will Japan Give Malaysia Maritime Patrol Aircraft?
May 12, 2017
Will Japan Give Malaysia Maritime Patrol Aircraft?
A closer look at reports that have been surfacing over the past week.
Will Japan Give Malaysia Maritime Patrol Aircraft?
Philippines Receives Second Indonesia-Built Warship
May 11, 2017
Philippines Receives Second Indonesia-Built Warship
The second of the Indonesia-made vessels finally arrived in Manila, completing a deal that had been rocked by a corruption scandal.
Philippines Receives Second Indonesia-Built Warship
The Real Trouble With China’s Belt and Road
May 11, 2017
The Real Trouble With China’s Belt and Road
Though Beijing has made inroads in addressing some concerns, the true structural challenges for the initiative remain. 
The Real Trouble With China’s Belt and Road
French Navy Ship Makes First Malaysia Visit
May 10, 2017
French Navy Ship Makes First Malaysia Visit
Vessel is in the Southeast Asian state for a six-day visit.
French Navy Ship Makes First Malaysia Visit
Indonesia Wants Global War on Illegal Fishing
May 09, 2017
Indonesia Wants Global War on Illegal Fishing
The Southeast Asian state wants illegal fishing to be declared a transnational crime.
Indonesia Wants Global War on Illegal Fishing
Why is the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal Still on Hold?
May 09, 2017
Why is the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal Still on Hold?
The agreement continues to prove elusive for both sides.
Why is the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal Still on Hold?
Singapore Launches First New Warship Amid Navy Anniversary
May 08, 2017
Singapore Launches First New Warship Amid Navy Anniversary
Premier officially launches new locally-built and designed vessel as a milestone for the city-state’s navy.
Singapore Launches First New Warship Amid Navy Anniversary
The Real Challenge for US-ASEAN Relations Under Trump
May 05, 2017
The Real Challenge for US-ASEAN Relations Under Trump
Though the recent spurt of high-level engagement is welcome, this talk needs to be followed up by action.
The Real Challenge for US-ASEAN Relations Under Trump
Why Did China’s Warships Visit the Philippines?
May 05, 2017
Why Did China’s Warships Visit the Philippines?
A closer look at the significance of the goodwill visit within the context of Sino-Philippine relations.
Why Did China’s Warships Visit the Philippines?
Is Myanmar Really Getting Submarines Now?
May 05, 2017
Is Myanmar Really Getting Submarines Now?
A closer look at Naypyidaw’s dream of acquiring the capability.
Is Myanmar Really Getting Submarines Now?
The Truth About Duterte’s ASEAN South China Sea Blow
May 04, 2017
The Truth About Duterte’s ASEAN South China Sea Blow
Though the Philippine president has complicated things, focusing on this episode alone obscures more enduring challenges on the South China Sea question.
The Truth About Duterte’s ASEAN South China Sea Blow
What Did Laos Leader’s Singapore Visit Achieve?
May 03, 2017
What Did Laos Leader’s Singapore Visit Achieve?
Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith’s one-day trip was dominated by economic issues.
What Did Laos Leader’s Singapore Visit Achieve?
Trilateral Patrols in the Sulu Sea: Still Coming Soon?
May 03, 2017
Trilateral Patrols in the Sulu Sea: Still Coming Soon?
A look at the status of a much-anticipated initiative between Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Trilateral Patrols in the Sulu Sea: Still Coming Soon?
Assessing Malaysia's Coast Guard in ASEAN Perspective
May 02, 2017
Assessing Malaysia's Coast Guard in ASEAN Perspective
A closer look at the trajectory of the Southeast Asian state's coast guard-like body amid regional developments.
Assessing Malaysia's Coast Guard in ASEAN Perspective
Foreign Warships to Join Singapore For First International Maritime Review
May 02, 2017
Foreign Warships to Join Singapore For First International Maritime Review
Around 30 warships from 20 countries will take part in the review as part of the Singapore Navy’s 50th anniversary.
Foreign Warships to Join Singapore For First International Maritime Review
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