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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.

Report Says Myanmar Internet a ‘Virtual Battlefield’
May 18, 2021

Report Says Myanmar Internet a ‘Virtual Battlefield’

By Elaine Kurtenbach
The Myanmar military is developing an "intranet" for inside the country that allows mobile access only to approved, or "whitelisted" applications.

With Coordinated Announcement, Western Nations Ramp up Myanmar Sanctions
May 18, 2021

With Coordinated Announcement, Western Nations Ramp up Myanmar Sanctions

By Sebastian Strangio
Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the U.S. will “continue to promote accountability for those responsible for the coup."
Muslim-Majority Southeast Asian Nations Condemn Israeli Assaults on Gaza
May 18, 2021

Muslim-Majority Southeast Asian Nations Condemn Israeli Assaults on Gaza

By Sebastian Strangio
Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei condemned Israel's “inhumane, colonial, and apartheid” policy in the Occupied Territory.

Myanmar Seizes Western Town After Heated Battle with Civilian Militia
May 17, 2021

Myanmar Seizes Western Town After Heated Battle with Civilian Militia

By Sebastian Strangio
The rise of the Chinland Defense Force reflects a trend of growing armed resistance to the military junta.

Can a United Opposition Defeat Duterte at the 2022 Philippine Elections?
May 17, 2021

Can a United Opposition Defeat Duterte at the 2022 Philippine Elections?

By Mong Palatino
In attempting to bring together a scattered opposition, the recently launched 1Sambayan movement faces a host of challenges.

US Government Returns More Recovered 1MDB Funds to Malaysia
May 14, 2021

US Government Returns More Recovered 1MDB Funds to Malaysia

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement came days after the Malaysian government filed 22 lawsuits seeking to recover more than $23 billion in 1MDB-linked assets.

Myanmar Will Free Japanese Journalist as Gesture to Tokyo
May 14, 2021

Myanmar Will Free Japanese Journalist as Gesture to Tokyo

By Associated Press
State media announced that Kitazumi Yuki would be released "in view of the close ties and future relations between Myanmar and Japan."
In Papua Fighting, Indonesian Forces Claim Rebel Commander Killed
May 14, 2021

In Papua Fighting, Indonesian Forces Claim Rebel Commander Killed

By Sebastian Strangio
The reports follows Indonesian government promises of a crackdown on separatist fighters in the eastern region.

Myanmar’s Human Rights Violations and ASEAN’s Response
May 13, 2021

Myanmar’s Human Rights Violations and ASEAN’s Response

By OBA Mie
The recent measures may be less significant than they seem.

COVID-19 Hits Prisons in Thailand, as Nearly 3,000 Cases Detected
May 13, 2021

COVID-19 Hits Prisons in Thailand, as Nearly 3,000 Cases Detected

By Sebastian Strangio
Recent Thai COVID-19 outbreaks highlight the dangers posed by Asia's overcrowded and unsanitary prisons.

China Proposing to Host ASEAN Ministers Next Month
May 13, 2021

China Proposing to Host ASEAN Ministers Next Month

By Sebastian Strangio
The proposed meeting follows a flurry of Chinese engagements with Southeast Asia in recent months.
As Ramadan Ends, Malaysia Begins Its Third COVID-19 Lockdown
May 12, 2021

As Ramadan Ends, Malaysia Begins Its Third COVID-19 Lockdown

By Sebastian Strangio
The lockdown announcement followed assurances from senior officials that nationwide restrictions were unnecessary.

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