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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.

EU Slaps Duties on Cambodia Exports Over Rights Concerns
August 13, 2020

EU Slaps Duties on Cambodia Exports Over Rights Concerns

By Associated Press
The decision hits the "Everything But Arms" — or EBA — program that Cambodia has with the EU.

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao
August 12, 2020

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao

By Miyoko Taniguchi
The newly created government already faced a steep learning curve, with the peace process at stake. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
The Quiet Threat of Indonesia’s Jamaah Ansharul Khilafah
August 11, 2020

The Quiet Threat of Indonesia’s Jamaah Ansharul Khilafah

By V. Arianti and Muh Taufiqurrohman
In comparison with other pro-Islamic State groups, JAK’s strategic priority on religious outreach has resulted in few attacks perpetrated by the group.

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 
August 11, 2020

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 

By Associated Press
Student protesters aired grievances normally expressed in whispers in remarkably direct language.

Timor-Leste’s Draft Defamation Law Will Make It Harder to Curb Corruption
August 10, 2020

Timor-Leste’s Draft Defamation Law Will Make It Harder to Curb Corruption

By Jonas Guterres
The broad scope of criminal defamation and its application presents a serious obstacle to journalists and whistleblowers seeking to expose corruption.

Could Jokowi’s Family Become Indonesia’s Newest Political Dynasty?
August 08, 2020

Could Jokowi’s Family Become Indonesia’s Newest Political Dynasty?

By Marcus Tantau
The upcoming regional elections in December may decide whether the Widodo family becomes Indonesia’s newest political dynasty. 

How COVID-19 Complicates Vietnam’s South China Sea Efforts
August 07, 2020

How COVID-19 Complicates Vietnam’s South China Sea Efforts

By Du Nhat Dang
Vietnam's big year as the rotating chair of ASEAN has been disrupted, necessitating an alternative strategy.
Thai Protesters Threaten Escalation as Police Make Arrests 
August 07, 2020

Thai Protesters Threaten Escalation as Police Make Arrests 

By Associated Press
The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high-profile members of the pro-democracy movement. 

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges
August 07, 2020

Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures as COVID-19 Cases Rise and Economy Plunges

By Nick Aspinwall
Metro Manila is back in lockdown and the Philippines has overtaken Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most COVID-19 cases.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party
August 06, 2020

Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party

By Mai Truong
The success of its COVID-19 strategy has, so far, increased trust in the Vietnamese government, but it could create demand for transparency in other political issues in the future.

Singapore’s 2020 Election: Explaining the PAP’s Stagnation
August 05, 2020

Singapore’s 2020 Election: Explaining the PAP’s Stagnation

By Conrad Guimaraes
Moving forward, the PAP will need to consider how to manage the electoral impact of several key trends. 
Malaysia Police Raid Al Jazeera’s Office, Seize Computers
August 05, 2020

Malaysia Police Raid Al Jazeera’s Office, Seize Computers

By Associated Press
The Malaysian government is enraged by a recent documentary on undocumented migrants. 

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