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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.

What Does the New Australia-ASEAN Informal Defense Ministers’ Meeting Mean for the Future of Security Ties?
February 20, 2020

What Does the New Australia-ASEAN Informal Defense Ministers’ Meeting Mean for the Future of Security Ties?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the importance of a recent development amid wider trends.

Why the EU’s New Cambodia Wrist Slap Won’t Weaken Hun Sen’s Iron Grip
February 20, 2020

Why the EU’s New Cambodia Wrist Slap Won’t Weaken Hun Sen’s Iron Grip

By Luke Hunt
Though the move is not entirely insignificant, it pales in comparison to the other challenges the government faces and is working to address.
The Mystery of Malaysia’s Missing Plane: Ex-Australia Prime Minister Revives MH370 Murder-Suicide Suspicion
February 20, 2020

The Mystery of Malaysia’s Missing Plane: Ex-Australia Prime Minister Revives MH370 Murder-Suicide Suspicion

By Associated Press
Tony Abbott said that top levels of Malaysian government long suspected that the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly six years ago was a mass murder-suicide by the pilot.

Hun Sen’s Political Gamble: The Coronavirus Epidemic
February 20, 2020

Hun Sen’s Political Gamble: The Coronavirus Epidemic

By Chansambath Bong
Hun Sen is playing a high-stakes political game by downplaying fear of the coronavirus. Will his strategy pay off?

China, Southeast Asia Hold Emergency Meeting on Coronavirus Outbreak
February 19, 2020

China, Southeast Asia Hold Emergency Meeting on Coronavirus Outbreak

By Associated Press
Foreign Minister Wang Yi will meet with his ASEAN counterparts in Laos amid alarm over the COVID-19 epidemic.

What’s Behind Indonesia’s Refusal to Repatriate Suspected Islamic State Militants?
February 19, 2020

What’s Behind Indonesia’s Refusal to Repatriate Suspected Islamic State Militants?

By Erin Cook
The decision is part of a nuanced issue that has broader implications for the country and the region.

Alleged Baby Smuggler Arrested in the Philippines for Kidnapping
February 19, 2020

Alleged Baby Smuggler Arrested in the Philippines for Kidnapping

By Associated Press
An American woman charged with human trafficking for allegedly attempting to smuggle a baby out of the Philippines was arrested on an additional count of kidnapping.
Singapore and Coronavirus: Small State, Global Crisis
February 18, 2020

Singapore and Coronavirus: Small State, Global Crisis

By Hui Ying Lee
The COIVD-19 epidemic reiterates the vulnerabilities of a small state like Singapore.

Virus Fears Rise After Cambodia Cruise Ship Acceptance
February 18, 2020

Virus Fears Rise After Cambodia Cruise Ship Acceptance

By Associated Press
The feel-good story took an unfortunate turn after a passenger later tested positive for the virus.

Cambodia Is Still Failing Its Disabled Persons
February 18, 2020

Cambodia Is Still Failing Its Disabled Persons

By David Hutt
Despite the government’s rhetoric, the reality is much more concerning.

Countering Violent Extremism After Mindanao’s ‘New Dawn’
February 15, 2020

Countering Violent Extremism After Mindanao’s ‘New Dawn’

By Michael Henry Yusingco
A coherent approach to violent extremism is need in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations
February 15, 2020

Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita
Indonesia’s travel ban could impact not only economic but political ties between the two countries.

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