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‘One Vision, One Identity, One Community.’ That’s the ASEAN motto. But what’s the reality? Our bloggers based around this diverse and strategically key region give you an insider’s perspective on politics, security and society in South-east Asia.

Thailand’s Constitutional Dictatorship Weathers the Storm
September 27, 2021

Thailand’s Constitutional Dictatorship Weathers the Storm

By Zachary Abuza
Despite rumors of dissent within Prayut Chan-o-cha's coalition, the military is poised to retain its privileged position in Thai politics.

Southeast Asia Faces Narrow Window to Tackle Endangered Wildlife Trade
September 27, 2021

Southeast Asia Faces Narrow Window to Tackle Endangered Wildlife Trade

By Sebastian Strangio
COVID-19 curbs have resulted in a sharp drop in the illicit trade, but the industry is poised to bounce back hard as travel restrictions ease.
Cambodia Hires Beltway Lobby Group to Boost Ailing International Reputation
September 27, 2021

Cambodia Hires Beltway Lobby Group to Boost Ailing International Reputation

By Sebastian Strangio
The hire is a clear recognition by Cambodia's government that it needs to repair its ties to the U.S. But will it work?

How Does Jokowi See Indonesia in the Post-Pandemic World?
September 27, 2021

How Does Jokowi See Indonesia in the Post-Pandemic World?

By Noto Suoneto
There are signs that the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted the Indonesian president's view of his country's international role.

Malaysia to Seek Chinese ‘Views’ on New AUKUS Security Pact
September 24, 2021

Malaysia to Seek Chinese ‘Views’ on New AUKUS Security Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement came after the Malaysian PM said the new security pact could be a “catalyst for a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.”

China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains
September 24, 2021

China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains

By Hai Hong Nguyen
China’s actual donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam has already been outmatched by the United States.

Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea
September 23, 2021

Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea

By Beni Sukadis
The recent entry of Chinese vessels into Indonesia's EEZ highlights the need for Jakarta to get serious about protecting its sovereignty.
US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content
September 23, 2021

US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content

By Sebastian Strangio
In a ruling, the court stated that Facebook’s citing of a privacy provision to withhold the records from Myanmar was “rich with irony.”

AUKUS: The View from ASEAN
September 23, 2021

AUKUS: The View from ASEAN

By Laura Southgate
The new trilateral security partnership has highlighted the bloc's inability to speak with one voice.

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses
September 23, 2021

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses

By Sebastian Strangio
The promise came a week after the International Criminal Court announced a probe into the violent anti-drug campaign.

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia
September 22, 2021

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
Charges against a political analyst were dropped on the urging of a Zoom-bombing prime minister.
How Will the Taliban Affect Violent Extremism in Mindanao?
September 22, 2021

How Will the Taliban Affect Violent Extremism in Mindanao?

By Kenneth Yeo
Violent extremists in the southern Philippines have generally remained aloof from global jihadist currents, but Manila should not be complacent.

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