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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.

The Vietnam Automobile Industry at a Crossroads 
May 22, 2020

The Vietnam Automobile Industry at a Crossroads 

By Thoi Nguyen
The outlook for the Vietnam automobile industry remains stable despite the coronavirus.

The Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in ASEAN
May 22, 2020

The Disproportionate Effect of COVID-19 on Migrant Workers in ASEAN

By Camille Bismonte
Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam approached the intertwined issues of COVID-19 and migrant workers quite differently.
In Malaysia, a Razor Thin Majority Rules During an Unprecedented Crisis
May 21, 2020

In Malaysia, a Razor Thin Majority Rules During an Unprecedented Crisis

By Harris Zainul and Ryan Chua
Muhyiddin’s consolidation of power comes simultaneously with the smallest majority in Malaysia’s democratic history. 

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?
May 20, 2020

Is China Deploying COVID-19 Diplomacy to Speed BRI Projects in Myanmar?

By Shah Suraj Bharat
At present, fears that China is using the pandemic to exert excessive pressure and push through BRI projects in Myanmar are exaggerated.

What Does Malaysia’s Troubled Transition Mean for Democracy in Southeast Asia?
May 20, 2020

What Does Malaysia’s Troubled Transition Mean for Democracy in Southeast Asia?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country’s political upheaval reinforces the continued importance of paying attention to structural dynamics and the more contingent and contested nature of outcomes in domestic politics.

His Story Never Died: An Interview With Arn Chorn-Pond
May 20, 2020

His Story Never Died: An Interview With Arn Chorn-Pond

By Arpita Mitra
As Cambodia observes its National Day of Remembrance, a survivor of the Khmer Rouge era shares his story.

An Idul Fitri Unlike Any Other in COVID-19 Challenged Indonesia
May 20, 2020

An Idul Fitri Unlike Any Other in COVID-19 Challenged Indonesia

By Erin Cook
The mudik ban will keep many Indonesian Muslims from traveling for a holiday usually celebrated back home.
Myanmar Police Seize 18 Tons of Narcotics, Related Materials in Asia’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust
May 19, 2020

Myanmar Police Seize 18 Tons of Narcotics, Related Materials in Asia’s Biggest-Ever Drug Bust

By Ankit Panda
The bust was carried out by Myanmar police, in coordination with the country’s military.

The Hurting Heroes: The COVID-19 Crisis and Overseas Filipino Workers
May 18, 2020

The Hurting Heroes: The COVID-19 Crisis and Overseas Filipino Workers

By Mary Manlangit
Filipinos around the world are contending with the impact of COVID-19.

Malaysia Drops Charge Against Ex-Prime Minister’s Stepson
May 15, 2020

Malaysia Drops Charge Against Ex-Prime Minister’s Stepson

By Associated Press
The stepson of ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak, the producer behind The Wolf of Wall Street, reached a settlement with the government.

The Forgotten History of South Korean Massacres in Vietnam
May 15, 2020

The Forgotten History of South Korean Massacres in Vietnam

By Hoang Do
In April, Nguyen Thi Thanh became the first Vietnamese to sue South Korea over atrocities that have been largely forgotten.
When Hun Sen Met Kem Sokha
May 13, 2020

When Hun Sen Met Kem Sokha

By David Hutt
The meeting between Hun Sen and the opposition-leader-turned-treason-suspect is a political signal -- but of what?

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