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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.

Myanmar Court Sentences Ousted Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years
December 06, 2021

Myanmar Court Sentences Ousted Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years

By Grant Peck
The sentences relate to just two of the more than 10 criminal charges facing the country's ousted leader.

Myanmar Army Truck Runs Down Protesters Ahead of Suu Kyi Verdict
December 06, 2021

Myanmar Army Truck Runs Down Protesters Ahead of Suu Kyi Verdict

By Sebastian Strangio
The attack was just the latest in a series of bloody attacks committed by the security forces against those protesting the military coup.
Cambodia Bans US Visits to Ream Naval Base After Sanctions
December 06, 2021

Cambodia Bans US Visits to Ream Naval Base After Sanctions

By Luke Hunt
Prime Minister Hun Sen says the naval base is “not a place for thieves or robbers.”

Cambodia’s Political Succession Could Get Messy
December 03, 2021

Cambodia’s Political Succession Could Get Messy

By David Hutt
Hun Sen made it official: he is positioning his eldest son as his successor. Is the CPP ready for a generational change?

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns
December 03, 2021

Laos-China Railway Inaugurated Amid Mounting Debt Concerns

By Sebastian Strangio
The $5.9 billion railway, an impressive feat of Chinese engineering, is set to tie Laos ever closer to its northern neighbor.

Why the Fight for the Philippines Vice Presidency Matters
December 03, 2021

Why the Fight for the Philippines Vice Presidency Matters

By Mong Palatino
Whoever wins the number two slot could end up playing a significant political role in the next administration.

Cambodian PM Backs His Son Hun Manet to Succeed Him
December 03, 2021

Cambodian PM Backs His Son Hun Manet to Succeed Him

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Hun Sen's announcement offered the strongest signal of support for his 44-year-old son.
China Demanded Halt to Indonesian Drilling Near Natuna Islands: Report
December 02, 2021

China Demanded Halt to Indonesian Drilling Near Natuna Islands: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
Chinese diplomats claimed that the rig was drilling for oil and gas in "Chinese territory."

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery
December 02, 2021

Omicron Variant Threatens to Upend Southeast Asia’s COVID-19 Recovery

By Sebastian Strangio
After a challenging year, the region's governments have ample reason to take the emergence of the new strain seriously.

20 Years After 9/11, Al-Qaida Retains a Deadly Relevance in Malaysia
December 02, 2021

20 Years After 9/11, Al-Qaida Retains a Deadly Relevance in Malaysia

By Rueben Dass and Jasminder Singh
Despite the network's apparent dormancy, Malaysian authorities can't afford to underestimate its potential threat.

Despite Variants, Singapore’s COVID-19 Strategy on Track
December 01, 2021

Despite Variants, Singapore’s COVID-19 Strategy on Track

By David Rising and Annabelle Liang
Singapore was able to succeed in getting most of its population vaccinated by ensuring there were few barriers to getting the shot and increasing difficulties for the unvaccinated.
Is Mediation Even Possible in Myanmar?
December 01, 2021

Is Mediation Even Possible in Myanmar?

By Naw Theresa
Mediation currently appears more fantasy than possibility as the crisis inches toward its one-year mark with both the NUG and SAC digging in for a long slugging match.

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