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Prashanth Parameswaran

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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The New Digital Pillar in Singapore’s Military Thinking
February 16, 2019
The New Digital Pillar in Singapore’s Military Thinking
The introduction of a new digital pillar in the country’s defense approach is just the latest sign of its attention to cyber challenges.
The New Digital Pillar in Singapore’s Military Thinking
Malaysia-Brunei Military Relations in the Headlines With Air Force Chief Visit
February 12, 2019
Malaysia-Brunei Military Relations in the Headlines With Air Force Chief Visit
A recent interaction highlighted some ongoing efforts by both sides to enhance defense ties into 2019 and beyond.
Malaysia-Brunei Military Relations in the Headlines With Air Force Chief Visit
Thailand-Russia Security Ties in the Headlines With Foreign Ministers Meeting
February 12, 2019
Thailand-Russia Security Ties in the Headlines With Foreign Ministers Meeting
A recent interaction by the two countries highlighted some of the ongoing and potential defense cooperation between them.
Thailand-Russia Security Ties in the Headlines With Foreign Ministers Meeting
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera on Sri Lanka's Foreign Policy Challenges
February 12, 2019
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera on Sri Lanka's Foreign Policy Challenges
The Diplomat talks with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera about the future trajectory of Sri Lanka’s foreign policy challenges.
Asanga Abeyagoonasekera on Sri Lanka's Foreign Policy Challenges
Japan-Brunei Military Relations in Focus with Naval Visit  
February 10, 2019
Japan-Brunei Military Relations in Focus with Naval Visit  
A recent trip spotlighted some of the ongoing defense activities in the maritime aspect of bilateral ties.
Japan-Brunei Military Relations in Focus with Naval Visit  
Indonesia’s Cyber Challenge in Focus with Looming 2019 Elections
February 10, 2019
Indonesia’s Cyber Challenge in Focus with Looming 2019 Elections
Military chief’s recent comments highlights some of the issues security forces are likely to face and ways they need to address them.
Indonesia’s Cyber Challenge in Focus with Looming 2019 Elections
Where Is the US-Thailand Alliance Amid the 2019 Cobra Gold Military Exercises?
February 10, 2019
Where Is the US-Thailand Alliance Amid the 2019 Cobra Gold Military Exercises?
The interaction will spotlight the state of the alliance and the challenges both sides face in managing it this year and beyond.
Where Is the US-Thailand Alliance Amid the 2019 Cobra Gold Military Exercises?
Reviewing the US-Philippines Alliance: Between Risks and Opportunities
February 10, 2019
Reviewing the US-Philippines Alliance: Between Risks and Opportunities
While calls for reviewing the alliance may be understandable, both sides should carefully weigh the risks and opportunities as they assess options.
Reviewing the US-Philippines Alliance: Between Risks and Opportunities
Russia-Indonesia Military Ties in Focus with Defense Ministers Meeting
February 09, 2019
Russia-Indonesia Military Ties in Focus with Defense Ministers Meeting
The high-level meeting spotlighted some of the activities both sides are exploring for their future military ties.
Russia-Indonesia Military Ties in Focus with Defense Ministers Meeting
What Does Thailand’s Royal Shockwave Mean for its Future Politics?
February 09, 2019
What Does Thailand’s Royal Shockwave Mean for its Future Politics?
A closer look at what an unprecedented development might mean for upcoming elections and the country’s political future.
What Does Thailand’s Royal Shockwave Mean for its Future Politics?
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: Beware the Foreign Puppet Wars in the Jokowi-Prabowo Race
February 07, 2019
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: Beware the Foreign Puppet Wars in the Jokowi-Prabowo Race
The role of foreign influence has unsurprisingly featured among the issues in Indonesia’s upcoming general elections.
Indonesia’s 2019 Elections: Beware the Foreign Puppet Wars in the Jokowi-Prabowo Race
China’s Creeping South China Sea Challenge in the Spotlight With New Facility
February 07, 2019
China’s Creeping South China Sea Challenge in the Spotlight With New Facility
The muted Philippine response has exacerbated existing concerns about the regional response to Beijing's maritime claims.
China’s Creeping South China Sea Challenge in the Spotlight With New Facility
Terrorism Threat Puts Russia-Philippines Military Ties Into Focus
February 07, 2019
Terrorism Threat Puts Russia-Philippines Military Ties Into Focus
A recent meeting highlighted the counterterrorism dimension of a limited but growing defense relationship.
Terrorism Threat Puts Russia-Philippines Military Ties Into Focus
The Future of Singapore’s Politics in Focus Amid Election Speculation
February 06, 2019
The Future of Singapore’s Politics in Focus Amid Election Speculation
Developments in the country’s politics have come under greater scrutiny ahead of the next polls.  
The Future of Singapore’s Politics in Focus Amid Election Speculation
Defense Minister Introductory Visit Puts Singapore-Australia Security Ties in the Headlines
February 06, 2019
Defense Minister Introductory Visit Puts Singapore-Australia Security Ties in the Headlines
The interaction highlighted some of the ongoing activity between the two sides in the defense realm.
Defense Minister Introductory Visit Puts Singapore-Australia Security Ties in the Headlines
China-Cambodia Military Fears in the Headlines with New US Intelligence Report
February 05, 2019
China-Cambodia Military Fears in the Headlines with New US Intelligence Report
A closer look at recent headlines about Beijing’s growing military presence in the Southeast Asian state and their wider significance.
China-Cambodia Military Fears in the Headlines with New US Intelligence Report
Where Is the New ASEAN ‘Our Eyes’ Intelligence Initiative Headed?
February 05, 2019
Where Is the New ASEAN ‘Our Eyes’ Intelligence Initiative Headed?
While the initiative continues to make headway, challenges remain with respect to its operationalization.
Where Is the New ASEAN ‘Our Eyes’ Intelligence Initiative Headed?
Defense Dialogue Puts France-Singapore Security Ties Into Focus
February 05, 2019
Defense Dialogue Puts France-Singapore Security Ties Into Focus
The recent iteration of the dialogue spotlighted the ways both sides are attempting to advance security collaboration.
Defense Dialogue Puts France-Singapore Security Ties Into Focus
What’s Behind the Fears of China’s Takeover of a Philippines Shipyard?
February 02, 2019
What’s Behind the Fears of China’s Takeover of a Philippines Shipyard?
The issue has raised broader questions about the security risks of Beijing’s involvement in certain industries overseas.
What’s Behind the Fears of China’s Takeover of a Philippines Shipyard?
Where Is Malaysia’s Mahathir-Anwar Transition?
February 01, 2019
Where Is Malaysia’s Mahathir-Anwar Transition?
Given Malaysia’s history and the implications for its future, the dynamics of the so-called transition bear careful watching.
Where Is Malaysia’s Mahathir-Anwar Transition?
Pavin Chachavalpongpun on Thailand's Politics
February 01, 2019
Pavin Chachavalpongpun on Thailand's Politics
The wild world of Thai politics in 2019 and beyond.
Pavin Chachavalpongpun on Thailand's Politics
What's Behind the New Constitution Change Push in Myanmar?
January 30, 2019
What's Behind the New Constitution Change Push in Myanmar?
A closer look at the move and what it may mean for the country's politics.
What's Behind the New Constitution Change Push in Myanmar?
Singapore-Brunei Defense Ties in Focus with Army Exercise
January 30, 2019
Singapore-Brunei Defense Ties in Focus with Army Exercise
The latest iteration of the exercise highlighted some of the ongoing activity in the defense relationship in 2019.
Singapore-Brunei Defense Ties in Focus with Army Exercise
A New Vietnam-Canada Defense Dialogue?
January 30, 2019
A New Vietnam-Canada Defense Dialogue?
A closer look at the broader context behind a new defense policy dialogue mechanism being discussed by the two sides.
A New Vietnam-Canada Defense Dialogue?
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