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Prashanth Parameswaran

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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Indonesia, Brazil Ink New Defense Pact
April 11, 2017
Indonesia, Brazil Ink New Defense Pact
Agreement deepens bilateral defense relationship.
Indonesia, Brazil Ink New Defense Pact
Why Did Cambodia Just Downgrade US Military Ties Again?
April 05, 2017
Why Did Cambodia Just Downgrade US Military Ties Again?
U.S. Navy personnel have been told to leave the Southeast Asian state in another blow to defense ties.
Why Did Cambodia Just Downgrade US Military Ties Again?
US Destroyer Makes Port Call in Philippines’ Subic Bay
April 04, 2017
US Destroyer Makes Port Call in Philippines’ Subic Bay
Move indicates continuing military links between the two allies in spite of what the rhetoric may suggest.
US Destroyer Makes Port Call in Philippines’ Subic Bay
Thailand Will Buy 10 More Tanks From China
April 04, 2017
Thailand Will Buy 10 More Tanks From China
Cabinet approves the purchase of ten more in a sign of the deepening defense cooperation between the two sides.
Thailand Will Buy 10 More Tanks From China
Indonesia Blows Up 81 Ships in War on Illegal Fishing
April 04, 2017
Indonesia Blows Up 81 Ships in War on Illegal Fishing
317 vessels have now suffered this fate since President Jokowi has come to power.
Indonesia Blows Up 81 Ships in War on Illegal Fishing
Corruption Scandal Rocks Indonesia-Philippines Warships Deal
April 04, 2017
Corruption Scandal Rocks Indonesia-Philippines Warships Deal
What began as a potential source of pride for the country looks to have become yet another blot in its record.
Corruption Scandal Rocks Indonesia-Philippines Warships Deal
Why Trump Should Go to APEC and EAS in Vietnam and the Philippines
April 01, 2017
Why Trump Should Go to APEC and EAS in Vietnam and the Philippines
The strategic case is quite compelling. 
Why Trump Should Go to APEC and EAS in Vietnam and the Philippines
Trump’s Real ASEAN Test
March 30, 2017
Trump’s Real ASEAN Test
How the new administration should approach Southeast Asia and ASEAN.
Trump’s Real ASEAN Test
China Holds Military Drills Near Unstable Myanmar Border
March 29, 2017
China Holds Military Drills Near Unstable Myanmar Border
Exercises come amid a new round of instability.
China Holds Military Drills Near Unstable Myanmar Border
What Did France’s Hollande Achieve During His Malaysia Visit?
March 29, 2017
What Did France’s Hollande Achieve During His Malaysia Visit?
A closer look at the deliverables during the second ASEAN destination of the French president’s Southeast Asia tour.
What Did France’s Hollande Achieve During His Malaysia Visit?
A New Islamic State Base in the Philippines?
March 28, 2017
A New Islamic State Base in the Philippines?
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop joins a growing list of officials highlighting the threat.
A New Islamic State Base in the Philippines?
France’s Hollande Kicks off ASEAN Tour With Singapore Visit
March 28, 2017
France’s Hollande Kicks off ASEAN Tour With Singapore Visit
President’s trip to the city-state will be followed by stops in Malaysia and Indonesia.
France’s Hollande Kicks off ASEAN Tour With Singapore Visit
South Korea Delivers Military Vehicles to Cambodia
March 25, 2017
South Korea Delivers Military Vehicles to Cambodia
Third round of military aid set to be followed by a fourth in July.
South Korea Delivers Military Vehicles to Cambodia
Philippine Warship Patrols Begin at Benham Rise After China Incident
March 25, 2017
Philippine Warship Patrols Begin at Benham Rise After China Incident
Manila is stepping up efforts to safeguard its claim.
Philippine Warship Patrols Begin at Benham Rise After China Incident
Philippines’ Duterte Ends ASEAN Tour with Thailand Visit
March 23, 2017
Philippines’ Duterte Ends ASEAN Tour with Thailand Visit
Trip sees gains mainly on the economic side.
Philippines’ Duterte Ends ASEAN Tour with Thailand Visit
Singapore Military Moves Closer to New Armored Fighting Vehicle
March 23, 2017
Singapore Military Moves Closer to New Armored Fighting Vehicle
Contract for Next Generation AFV awarded to Singapore Technologies Engineering.
Singapore Military Moves Closer to New Armored Fighting Vehicle
What’s Next For Malaysia’s China Warships Deal?
March 23, 2017
What’s Next For Malaysia’s China Warships Deal?
Some additional details were disclosed this week in a closely-watched defense agreement.
What’s Next For Malaysia’s China Warships Deal?
Philippines to Receive First 2 Aircraft From Japan
March 23, 2017
Philippines to Receive First 2 Aircraft From Japan
The first two of five TC-90s are expected to arrive next week.
Philippines to Receive First 2 Aircraft From Japan
What Did the Philippines’ Duterte Achieve During His Myanmar Trip?
March 22, 2017
What Did the Philippines’ Duterte Achieve During His Myanmar Trip?
A closer look at what the Philippine president accomplished during his two-day visit there.
What Did the Philippines’ Duterte Achieve During His Myanmar Trip?
India, Singapore Hold Army Exercise
March 21, 2017
India, Singapore Hold Army Exercise
The two countries carried out the 11th iteration of Exercise Bold Kurukshetra.
India, Singapore Hold Army Exercise
Singapore Reveals Fourth New Warship
March 21, 2017
Singapore Reveals Fourth New Warship
The city-state launches another one of its locally-made littoral mission vessels.
Singapore Reveals Fourth New Warship
What’s Next for Philippine Military Modernization Under Duterte?
March 17, 2017
What’s Next for Philippine Military Modernization Under Duterte?
A closer look at what we might expect.
What’s Next for Philippine Military Modernization Under Duterte?
Malaysia, Australia Talk Terror Amid Rising Islamic State Threat
March 16, 2017
Malaysia, Australia Talk Terror Amid Rising Islamic State Threat
ISIS was a key agenda item in discussions between Malaysia’s defense minister and Australia’s foreign minister.
Malaysia, Australia Talk Terror Amid Rising Islamic State Threat
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