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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.

For Thailand’s Progressives, It’s Been a Year of Trials and Tribulations
December 11, 2019

For Thailand’s Progressives, It’s Been a Year of Trials and Tribulations

By Chonlawit Sirikupt
Thanathorn’s removal foreshadows a sinister dismantling of opposition using a façade of checks and balances.

Suu Kyi’s Hague Appearance: Minding Myanmar’s Domestic Political Dynamics in the ICJ Genocide Case
December 10, 2019

Suu Kyi’s Hague Appearance: Minding Myanmar’s Domestic Political Dynamics in the ICJ Genocide Case

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While much of the focus may be on her international image, it will be important to consider the domestic political dynamics at play in Myanmar as well.  
Malaysia Kicks off Polio Vaccination Campaign After First Case in 27 Years
December 09, 2019

Malaysia Kicks off Polio Vaccination Campaign After First Case in 27 Years

By Associated Press
Malaysia begins campaign in a rural town on Borneo after the highly infectious virus was detected in a 3-month-old boy.

How Italy Is Deepening Its Relationship With ASEAN
December 07, 2019

How Italy Is Deepening Its Relationship With ASEAN

By Fabio Figiaconi
A series of initiatives organized by prominent members of Italy’s elite has developed new links with ASEAN states.

What’s Next for Kem Sokha’s Trial in Cambodia?
December 07, 2019

What’s Next for Kem Sokha’s Trial in Cambodia?

By David Hutt
Recent developments have highlighted the event and the implications it could have for Cambodia's domestic and foreign affairs.

New Military Vehicles Put China-Thailand Defense Relations Into Focus
December 06, 2019

New Military Vehicles Put China-Thailand Defense Relations Into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The delivery reinforced the fact that aspects of security ties continue to be advanced by both sides in spite of challenges.

Can Tourism Become the New Economic Driver for Timor-Leste?
December 06, 2019

Can Tourism Become the New Economic Driver for Timor-Leste?

By Sakib Awan
Tourism could help drive Timor-Leste's economy forward long after oil and gas have run their courses.
Philippines Submarine Quest: What’s in the French Option?
December 06, 2019

Philippines Submarine Quest: What’s in the French Option?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Recent developments have spotlighted the French Scorpene within the choices the Philippines has in a potential submarine quest.

Why a War on Extremism in Indonesia May Create More Problems Than It Solves
December 05, 2019

Why a War on Extremism in Indonesia May Create More Problems Than It Solves

By Erin Cook
While the challenge is real, the approach adopted by the Jokowi administration thus far suffers from serious limitations and challenges.

Will Martial Law Finally End in the Southern Philippines?
December 04, 2019

Will Martial Law Finally End in the Southern Philippines?

By Associated Press
The Philippines’ defense chief has recommended that the president not extend martial law for the fourth time following its expiry at the end of 2019.

What to Make of Malaysia’s New Defense White Paper Launch
December 04, 2019

What to Make of Malaysia’s New Defense White Paper Launch

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The adoption of the document has highlighted both the opportunities and challenges it offers for the country’s defense policy.
What Do the Philippines’ New Cobra Helicopters Mean for Its Military?
December 03, 2019

What Do the Philippines’ New Cobra Helicopters Mean for Its Military?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The used helicopters were finally delivered to the country from Jordan last week.  

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