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Prashanth Parameswaran

Prashanth Parameswaran is Senior 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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New Base Bid Spotlights Malaysia Coast Guard’s Old Resource Challenge
February 17, 2018
New Base Bid Spotlights Malaysia Coast Guard’s Old Resource Challenge
The agency’s bid to boost its capabilities continues.
New Base Bid Spotlights Malaysia Coast Guard’s Old Resource Challenge
What’s Next for the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal?
February 16, 2018
What’s Next for the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal?
With a contract reportedly signed, a look at what lies ahead.
What’s Next for the Indonesia-Russia Fighter Jet Deal?
Beware the Illusion of China-Philippines South China Sea Breakthroughs
February 15, 2018
Beware the Illusion of China-Philippines South China Sea Breakthroughs
Advances at a recent meeting are much more modest than suggested and conceal the significant challenges that remain.
Beware the Illusion of China-Philippines South China Sea Breakthroughs
What’s Next for Indonesia’s Aerospace Ambitions in 2018?
February 14, 2018
What’s Next for Indonesia’s Aerospace Ambitions in 2018?
A closer look at some of the new opportunities being pursued amid old challenges that remain.
What’s Next for Indonesia’s Aerospace Ambitions in 2018?
What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018?
February 13, 2018
What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018?
A recent visit offered some indications as to what we might expect for ties for the rest of the year and beyond.
What’s Next for Japan-Brunei Relations in 2018?
What a Dead Philippines-Canada Military Helicopter Deal Would Mean
February 13, 2018
What a Dead Philippines-Canada Military Helicopter Deal Would Mean
With a key acquisition now in trouble, a deeper look at the broader potential significance of its impending death.
What a Dead Philippines-Canada Military Helicopter Deal Would Mean
ASEAN’s Role in Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
February 13, 2018
ASEAN’s Role in Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
A visit this week reinforced the importance of Southeast Asia in Japan’s regional vision.
ASEAN’s Role in Japan’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
What’s Behind the New China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise?
February 10, 2018
What’s Behind the New China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise?
The fact that an old idea is finally set to become a reality reflects broader changes underway in the region.
What’s Behind the New China-ASEAN Maritime Exercise?
What’s Behind Myanmar’s Big New Military Exercise?
February 09, 2018
What’s Behind Myanmar’s Big New Military Exercise?
The holding of the first tri-service exercise in over two decades needs to be viewed from a broader perspective.
What’s Behind Myanmar’s Big New Military Exercise?
What Does the Philippines’ New Attack Helicopters Deal Mean for its Military Modernization?
February 08, 2018
What Does the Philippines’ New Attack Helicopters Deal Mean for its Military Modernization?
A closer look at the broader context and significance of a new headline-grabbing purchase.
What Does the Philippines’ New Attack Helicopters Deal Mean for its Military Modernization?
What’s in the New Australia-Indonesia Military Pact?
February 07, 2018
What’s in the New Australia-Indonesia Military Pact?
The two sides inked a new version of their defense cooperation agreement last week.
What’s in the New Australia-Indonesia Military Pact?
What’s Next for Vietnam-Cambodia Military Ties in 2018?
February 07, 2018
What’s Next for Vietnam-Cambodia Military Ties in 2018?
A closer look at the trajectory and future direction of their defense cooperation.
What’s Next for Vietnam-Cambodia Military Ties in 2018?
What’s Next for the New ASEAN-Australia Defense Meeting?
February 06, 2018
What’s Next for the New ASEAN-Australia Defense Meeting?
A closer look at the new subregional defense forum that kicked off last week in Perth.
What’s Next for the New ASEAN-Australia Defense Meeting?
US-Singapore Military Ties in the Headlines with Air Force Chief’s First Visit
February 06, 2018
US-Singapore Military Ties in the Headlines with Air Force Chief’s First Visit
The interaction placed the focus on the broader bilateral relationship.
US-Singapore Military Ties in the Headlines with Air Force Chief’s First Visit
What Does US Participation at the Singapore Airshow Reveal About Trump’s Asia Policy?
February 06, 2018
What Does US Participation at the Singapore Airshow Reveal About Trump’s Asia Policy?
A closer look at what an uptick in American involvement at the event signals about the administration’s approach.
What Does US Participation at the Singapore Airshow Reveal About Trump’s Asia Policy?
Naval Visit Puts Japan-Brunei Defense Ties in the Headlines
February 06, 2018
Naval Visit Puts Japan-Brunei Defense Ties in the Headlines
Goodwill visit comes amid an active 2018 start for defense relations between the two sides.
Naval Visit Puts Japan-Brunei Defense Ties in the Headlines
Singapore Air Force to Kick Off 2018 Anniversary Celebrations With Airshow
February 02, 2018
Singapore Air Force to Kick Off 2018 Anniversary Celebrations With Airshow
Golden jubilee commemorations will put the spotlight on the RSAF and its capabilities.
Singapore Air Force to Kick Off 2018 Anniversary Celebrations With Airshow
Destroyer Visit Puts Japan-Philippines Military Ties in the Spotlight
February 02, 2018
Destroyer Visit Puts Japan-Philippines Military Ties in the Spotlight
Engagement caps an active week for bilateral defense relations.
Destroyer Visit Puts Japan-Philippines Military Ties in the Spotlight
What’s Next for Indonesia-South Korea Military Ties in 2018?
February 01, 2018
What’s Next for Indonesia-South Korea Military Ties in 2018?
A closer look at what could be in store for defense relations this year.
What’s Next for Indonesia-South Korea Military Ties in 2018?
What’s Next for China-Thailand Military Ties in 2018?
February 01, 2018
What’s Next for China-Thailand Military Ties in 2018?
A closer look at the trajectory of the Southeast Asian state’s deepening cooperation with Beijing in 2018.
What’s Next for China-Thailand Military Ties in 2018?
A New Military Aid Boost for China-Cambodia Defense Ties?
February 01, 2018
A New Military Aid Boost for China-Cambodia Defense Ties?
As both countries commemorate their 60th anniversary and Cambodia heads to the polls, a new round of military aid is expected soon.
A New Military Aid Boost for China-Cambodia Defense Ties?
How Will South Korea's New Maritime Security Forum Fare?
January 31, 2018
How Will South Korea's New Maritime Security Forum Fare?
The country’s defense minister proposed holding a new regional forum on maritime security this week in a key speech.
How Will South Korea's New Maritime Security Forum Fare?
What Will the 2018 Cobra Gold Military Exercises in Thailand Look Like?
January 31, 2018
What Will the 2018 Cobra Gold Military Exercises in Thailand Look Like?
This year’s drills will be closely watched for what it says about the US-Thailand alliance and Thailand itself.
What Will the 2018 Cobra Gold Military Exercises in Thailand Look Like?
Singapore Launches Biggest Military Mobilization Drills in Decades
January 30, 2018
Singapore Launches Biggest Military Mobilization Drills in Decades
Latest MOBEX exercises directed at reinforcing city-state’s ability to tackle a full spectrum of threats including terrorism.
Singapore Launches Biggest Military Mobilization Drills in Decades
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