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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.

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail
June 22, 2021

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail

By Sebastian Strangio
Duterte's threat speaks to the concerns that the country may fail to achieve the widespread coverage required to halt transmission of the virus.

British Foreign Minister Begins 3-Nation Southeast Asian Trip
June 22, 2021

British Foreign Minister Begins 3-Nation Southeast Asian Trip

By Sebastian Strangio
As part of the U.K.’s increasing focus “east of Suez,” Dominic Raab will make stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore.
Myanmar Junta Chief Arrives in Russia for Security Conference
June 21, 2021

Myanmar Junta Chief Arrives in Russia for Security Conference

By Sebastian Strangio
The trip came just days after the U.N. called on member states "to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar.”

Vietnam Formulates Nationwide Code of Conduct for Social Media
June 21, 2021

Vietnam Formulates Nationwide Code of Conduct for Social Media

By Sebastian Strangio
Whether or not it is enforceable, the move hints at Hanoi’s desire for tight control over what its citizens say and do online.

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia
June 18, 2021

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary has lost 9 percent of its forest to logging operations since 2016.

Malaysia’s King Calls for the Reopening of Parliament
June 17, 2021

Malaysia’s King Calls for the Reopening of Parliament

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's legislature has been suspended under a state of emergency imposed in January.

Myanmar Prosecutors Present Sedition Charge Against Aung San Suu Kyi
June 16, 2021

Myanmar Prosecutors Present Sedition Charge Against Aung San Suu Kyi

By Grant Peck
The deposed leader faces a raft of charges that will likely be used to ban her from running in any future election.
Duterte Postpones Cancellation of US Defense Agreement, Again
June 16, 2021

Duterte Postpones Cancellation of US Defense Agreement, Again

By Sebastian Strangio
It seems increasingly likely that the Visiting Forces Agreement will survive Duterte's term in office.

Amid COVID-19, Fake News Crackdowns Do Damage Across Southeast Asia
June 16, 2021

Amid COVID-19, Fake News Crackdowns Do Damage Across Southeast Asia

By Karen Lee and Andreyka Natalegawa
Multiple governments in the region have used misinformation laws to suppress critical reporting on COVID-19.

ICC Prosecutor Requests Investigation Into Philippines Drug War Killings
June 15, 2021

ICC Prosecutor Requests Investigation Into Philippines Drug War Killings

By Sebastian Strangio
The court's officials can expect little cooperation from the Duterte administration.

What Explains Vietnam’s Current COVID-19 Struggles?
June 15, 2021

What Explains Vietnam’s Current COVID-19 Struggles?

By Zachary Abuza
Once considered the gold standard for COVID-19 response, Vietnam is now battling rising infections and a glacial vaccine rollout.
Myanmar Puts Aung San Suu Kyi on Trial on Charges Critics Call Bogus
June 15, 2021

Myanmar Puts Aung San Suu Kyi on Trial on Charges Critics Call Bogus

By Grant Peck
Aung San Suu Kyi's prosecution poses yet another major setback for Myanmar.

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