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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.

Thai Mekong Campaigner Awarded Prominent Environmental Prize
May 26, 2022

Thai Mekong Campaigner Awarded Prominent Environmental Prize

By Sebastian Strangio
The efforts of Niwat Roykaew, known commonly as “Khru Ti,” were instrumental in halting a China-led channel deepening project.

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy

By Fikry A. Rahman
Foreign policy begins at home, and the country has experienced nearly unprecedented political instability over the past two years.
Philippines Congress Officially Proclaims Marcos the Country’s Next President
May 26, 2022

Philippines Congress Officially Proclaims Marcos the Country’s Next President

By Sebastian Strangio
The proclamation finalizes the return of the divisive Marcos clan to the heights of Philippine politics.

Marcos Considering Extension of Key US-Philippines Security Pact
May 25, 2022

Marcos Considering Extension of Key US-Philippines Security Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine President-elect has indicated that he wants good relations with both the United States and China. Whether he can achieve it is another question.

Japan-Trained Myanmar Air Force Officer Took Part in Bombing Raids: Activists
May 25, 2022

Japan-Trained Myanmar Air Force Officer Took Part in Bombing Raids: Activists

By Sebastian Strangio
According to Human Rights Watch and Justice for Myanmar, Lt. Col. Hlwan Moe was hosted by Tokyo's Air Command and Staff College in 2016-17.

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?
May 25, 2022

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?

By Sokvy Rim
In recent weeks, the Cambodian government has given hints that it is open to an improvement in relations with Washington.

At Least 17 Perish as Refugee Boat Capsizes Off Myanmar Coast
May 24, 2022

At Least 17 Perish as Refugee Boat Capsizes Off Myanmar Coast

By Sebastian Strangio
The tragedy is a reminder of the unresolved Rohingya refugee crisis that has been largely eclipsed by the country's post-coup conflict.
Thailand’s Democrat Party: The Gloomy Light at the End of the Tunnel
May 24, 2022

Thailand’s Democrat Party: The Gloomy Light at the End of the Tunnel

By Punchada Sirivunnabood
A mere 11 years after its last term in government, the country's oldest party finds itself in the political wilderness.

How Philippine Education Contributed to the Return of the Marcoses
May 23, 2022

How Philippine Education Contributed to the Return of the Marcoses

By Franz Jan Santos
The inclusion of factual errors and blatant misinformation in school textbooks has provided fertile soil for the historical revisionism of the Marcos clan and its allies.

Political Dynasties Dominate Philippines Election — Again
May 23, 2022

Political Dynasties Dominate Philippines Election — Again

By Mong Palatino
The return to power of the Marcos clan hints at deeper problems with the country's democracy.

Reformist Independent Scores Decisive Win in Bangkok Governor Election
May 23, 2022

Reformist Independent Scores Decisive Win in Bangkok Governor Election

By Sebastian Strangio
Chadchart Sittipunt's victory points to the deep reservoir of discontent with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha's military-backed coalition government.
Philippine Election Marred by Violence, Vote-Buying: Monitoring Mission
May 20, 2022

Philippine Election Marred by Violence, Vote-Buying: Monitoring Mission

By Sebastian Strangio
The report's findings hint at the extent to which Philippine democracy has deteriorated under President Rodrigo Duterte.

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