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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.

UN Court Orders Myanmar to Prevent Rohingya Genocide
January 24, 2020

UN Court Orders Myanmar to Prevent Rohingya Genocide

By Associated Press
The court delivered a sweeping legal victory for the persecuted Muslim minority.

What Does the UK’s New ASEAN Mission Say About Its Southeast Asia Engagement Post-Brexit?
January 24, 2020

What Does the UK’s New ASEAN Mission Say About Its Southeast Asia Engagement Post-Brexit?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Britain continues to shape its relationship with Southeast Asia amid ongoing domestic and regional developments.
No New Thinking in Laos?
January 23, 2020

No New Thinking in Laos?

By David Hutt
In recent years, the regime has looked to be stuck in static thinking.

Rethinking Indonesia’s ‘War on Drugs’
January 23, 2020

Rethinking Indonesia’s ‘War on Drugs’

By Will Doran
Can the Global Commission on Drug Policy’s advocacy help change Jakarta’s harsh drug laws?

Southeast Asia and the Major Powers: How Does Public Opinion Matter?
January 22, 2020

Southeast Asia and the Major Powers: How Does Public Opinion Matter?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A look at the significance of elite and mass opinion in ongoing regional dynamics.

Thailand: Officials Hold Meeting with Southern Insurgent Group
January 22, 2020

Thailand: Officials Hold Meeting with Southern Insurgent Group

By Associated Press
The meeting is the first in years in a decades-old insurgency in Thaiand's south.

China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?
January 22, 2020

China’s Belt and Road: Is Asia Getting More Cautious?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Xi’s recent voyage to Myanmar spotlighted the broader question about whether some key regional states are getting more cautious in responding to Beijing’s initiative.
Thailand Opposition Party Acquitted of Sedition Charge
January 21, 2020

Thailand Opposition Party Acquitted of Sedition Charge

By Associated Press

New Security Plan Puts Vietnam-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Headlines
January 21, 2020

New Security Plan Puts Vietnam-Cambodia Defense Ties in the Headlines

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The agreement spotlighted how both sides are managing the security aspect of their relationship.

Thai Military Holds Ceremony to Swear Allegiance to King
January 18, 2020

Thai Military Holds Ceremony to Swear Allegiance to King

By Associated Press
 Thailand's king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day.

What Does the Thailand Army Chief’s Trip to Indonesia’s Aceh Mean?
January 17, 2020

What Does the Thailand Army Chief’s Trip to Indonesia’s Aceh Mean?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of a recent visit that has generated much speculation.
The Trouble With Vietnam’s Defense Strategy
January 17, 2020

The Trouble With Vietnam’s Defense Strategy

By Thoi Nguyen
Vietnam needs more radical thinking on defense in order to adapt and keep pace with changes in the region.

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