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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.

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

By Ian Hollinger
The powerful former public security minister has been boosted into the ranks of the country's top leaders. Will the promotion come back to haunt him?

Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

By Naw Theresa
Like much else, the country's normally raucous new year festivities have become a political battleground since the 2021 coup.
UN Details ‘Disturbing’ New Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya

UN Details ‘Disturbing’ New Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N.'s human rights office says that tens of thousands have been forcibly displaced in what one expert described as a "hate-driven unnatural disaster."

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
Lloyd Austin's visit is a sign that Washington is seeking to re-engage the new look leadership in Phnom Penh, in a bid to draw the country out of China's orbit.

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

By Mong Palatino
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is out, reportedly for opposing a proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution.

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: When Will the Rohingya Genocide Case Be Resolved?

Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied: When Will the Rohingya Genocide Case Be Resolved?

By Md. Himel Rahman
In November 2019, the Gambia initiated proceedings against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice. More than four years later, the process drags on.

Is Myanmar’s Junta About to Revive a Controversial Dam Project?

Is Myanmar’s Junta About to Revive a Controversial Dam Project?

By Sebastian Strangio
According to a media report, the military has formed a new committee for the Myitsone hydropower project, which was suspended in 2011.
The Ulu Tiram Attack and the Jemaah Islamiyah Threat in Malaysia

The Ulu Tiram Attack and the Jemaah Islamiyah Threat in Malaysia

By Bilveer Singh
The shock attack suggests that JI retains a presence in Malaysia, despite years of crackdowns by the state.

Thai PM Avoids Suspension As Constitutional Court Accepts Ethics Complaint

Thai PM Avoids Suspension As Constitutional Court Accepts Ethics Complaint

By Sebastian Strangio
Military-appointed senators are seeking Srettha Thavisin's removal from office after he appointed a minister with a past conviction for bribery.

The Funan Techo Canal Won’t Have A Military Purpose

The Funan Techo Canal Won’t Have A Military Purpose

By David Hutt
Arguments that Cambodia's China-backed canal project will pose a security threat to Vietnam are wildly overblown.

Philippine Commander Denies ‘Deal’ Over South China Sea Shoal

Philippine Commander Denies ‘Deal’ Over South China Sea Shoal

By Sebastian Strangio
A Senate Committee is investigating the Chinese Embassy’s alleged recording of a phone call between Carlos and a Chinese military attaché in January.
Philippine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Divorce

Philippine Lawmakers Pass Bill Legalizing Divorce

By Sebastian Strangio
The Absolute Divorce Bill is the product of years of work on the part of representatives seeking to amend the country's notoriously restrictive divorce law.

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