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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.

Malaysia to Seek Chinese ‘Views’ on New AUKUS Security Pact
September 24, 2021

Malaysia to Seek Chinese ‘Views’ on New AUKUS Security Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement came after the Malaysian PM said the new security pact could be a “catalyst for a nuclear arms race in the Indo-Pacific region.”

China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains
September 24, 2021

China Courts Vietnam With More COVID-19 Vaccines, Mistrust Remains

By Hai Hong Nguyen
China’s actual donation of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam has already been outmatched by the United States.
Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea
September 23, 2021

Protecting Indonesia’s Sovereignty in the North Natuna Sea

By Beni Sukadis
The recent entry of Chinese vessels into Indonesia's EEZ highlights the need for Jakarta to get serious about protecting its sovereignty.

US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content
September 23, 2021

US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content

By Sebastian Strangio
In a ruling, the court stated that Facebook’s citing of a privacy provision to withhold the records from Myanmar was “rich with irony.”

AUKUS: The View from ASEAN
September 23, 2021

AUKUS: The View from ASEAN

By Laura Southgate
The new trilateral security partnership has highlighted the bloc's inability to speak with one voice.

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses
September 23, 2021

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses

By Sebastian Strangio
The promise came a week after the International Criminal Court announced a probe into the violent anti-drug campaign.

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia
September 22, 2021

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
Charges against a political analyst were dropped on the urging of a Zoom-bombing prime minister.
Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB
September 22, 2021

Low Vaccination Rates are Hurting Southeast Asia’s Economy: ADB

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the bank, the uneven progress of vaccinations is "contributing to the divergence of growth paths in developing Asia."

Manila Mayor, Ex-Scavenger and Actor, to Seek Presidency
September 22, 2021

Manila Mayor, Ex-Scavenger and Actor, to Seek Presidency

By Associated Press
Mayor Isko Moreno joins the crowded race to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte.

How Will the Taliban Affect Violent Extremism in Mindanao?
September 22, 2021

How Will the Taliban Affect Violent Extremism in Mindanao?

By Kenneth Yeo
Violent extremists in the southern Philippines have generally remained aloof from global jihadist currents, but Manila should not be complacent.

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak
September 22, 2021

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many of its neighbors, the nation has struggled to contain recent outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID-19.
Australian PM, Diplomats Seek to Allay Southeast Asian AUKUS Fears
September 21, 2021

Australian PM, Diplomats Seek to Allay Southeast Asian AUKUS Fears

By Sebastian Strangio
Canberra has stated that the new partnership "is not a defense alliance or pact" and that it will continue to support nuclear non-proliferation.

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