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ASEAN Beat

‘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.

Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam
November 27, 2020

Thai Official Warns Laos on Power Purchases from Controversial Dam

By Sebastian Strangio
The Thai concerns about the Sanakham dam come amid growing recognition of the dire state of the Mekong.

Could an Unlikely Alliance Unseat Cambodia’s PM?
November 27, 2020

Could an Unlikely Alliance Unseat Cambodia’s PM?

By David Hutt
Rumors have long swirled of an alliance between opposition leader Sam Rainsy and Interior Minister Sar Kheng.
With Budget Approval, Malaysia’s PM Gains Some Breathing Room
November 27, 2020

With Budget Approval, Malaysia’s PM Gains Some Breathing Room

By Sebastian Strangio
But more challenges loom on the horizon for Muhyiddin Yassin's fragile governing coalition.

Cambodia Begins Mass Trial of Dissidents, Opposition Figures
November 26, 2020

Cambodia Begins Mass Trial of Dissidents, Opposition Figures

By Luke Hunt
The trials of the 129 defendants, many of them former members of a banned opposition party, could drag on for months.

What’s Next for Myanmar’s Military Proxy Party?
November 26, 2020

What’s Next for Myanmar’s Military Proxy Party?

By Sebastian Strangio
After a dismal showing at this month's election, the army-backed USDP faces a long road back to respectability.

Manila Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, but Leaves Many Filipinos Out
November 26, 2020

Manila Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, but Leaves Many Filipinos Out

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines aims vaccinate 60 to 70 million people over the next few years, falling short of an earlier promise made by President Duterte.

Indonesian Minister Arrested in Lobster Larvae Probe
November 26, 2020

Indonesian Minister Arrested in Lobster Larvae Probe

By Sebastian Strangio
The arrest of Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo shows that Indonesia's anti-corruption body is still a force to be feared.
Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up
November 26, 2020

Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up

By Associated Press
Top Glove produces about 90 billion rubber gloves a year, and exports to 195 countries. 

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty
November 25, 2020

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality
November 25, 2020

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality

By Laura Southgate
In an era of growing superpower competition, ASEAN will face stiff challenges to its autonomy and neutrality.
Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone
November 24, 2020

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone

By Sebastian Strangio
The country exceeded 500,000 cases right as international researchers were moving closer to an effective vaccine.

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