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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.

New Coronavirus Assistance Highlights Vietnam-EU Relations Amid COVID-19
April 08, 2020

New Coronavirus Assistance Highlights Vietnam-EU Relations Amid COVID-19

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The recent round of assistance highlighted an aspect of ties amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Repatriation Challenge Puts Malaysia-Singapore Relations Amid COVID-19 into Focus
April 07, 2020

Repatriation Challenge Puts Malaysia-Singapore Relations Amid COVID-19 into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
There has been a heightened focus on the issue of the return of Malaysian workers back home as both countries confront the coronavirus challenge.
Countering Abuse Against Philippine Migrant Workers
April 07, 2020

Countering Abuse Against Philippine Migrant Workers

By Naomi Hosoda
Recent developments have spotlighted the longstanding problem of abuse and mistreatment of Philippine migrant domestic workers, particularly in the Gulf region.

What’s in the New Coronavirus Ceasefire Talk in Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflict?
April 07, 2020

What’s in the New Coronavirus Ceasefire Talk in Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflict?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While calls for a pause in violence are notable, it remains to be seen whether they will be heeded or can be sustained and translated into positive developments.

What’s in Vietnam’s New Coronavirus Assistance to Cambodia and Laos?
April 06, 2020

What’s in Vietnam’s New Coronavirus Assistance to Cambodia and Laos?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of a recent development with respect to COVID-19 in mainland Southeast Asia.

How Will the Historic Southern Thailand Insurgency Coronavirus Ceasefire Affect Peace and Conflict?
April 06, 2020

How Will the Historic Southern Thailand Insurgency Coronavirus Ceasefire Affect Peace and Conflict?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While the development is a notable and encouraging one, how it will impact the insurgency’s future dynamics is less clear.

Malaysia Detains Boatload of Presumed Rohingya Refugees Amid COVID-19 Fears
April 06, 2020

Malaysia Detains Boatload of Presumed Rohingya Refugees Amid COVID-19 Fears

By Associated Press
Authorities said Sunday they arrested a boatload of 202 people believed to be minority Muslim Rohingya refugees after their boat was found adrift near the northern resort island of Langkawi.
Indonesia and COVID-19: Living Dangerously Once Again
April 06, 2020

Indonesia and COVID-19: Living Dangerously Once Again

By Will Doran
For the third time, Indonesia faces a critical inflection point amid several converging crises.

The 2020 Delhi Riots: Implications for Southeast Asia
April 03, 2020

The 2020 Delhi Riots: Implications for Southeast Asia

By Jasminder Singh
The recent anti-Muslim riots in New Delhi have elicited a strong rebuke from Muslim-majority countries in Southeast Asia.

Why Isn’t Indonesia Seeking China’s Funding for Its New Capital?
April 03, 2020

Why Isn’t Indonesia Seeking China’s Funding for Its New Capital?

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dimas Permadi
Indonesia prefers to partner with other countries, not China, in building its new capital city. That's a wake-up call for Beijing.

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?
April 02, 2020

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Spell the End of Cambodia’s Hun Sen?

By David Hutt
COVID-19 may not topple Cambodia’s Hun Sen, but its shockwaves could spark the beginning of the end of his rule.
Singapore’s COVID-19 General Elections
April 02, 2020

Singapore’s COVID-19 General Elections

By Bilveer Singh
How COVID-19 will influence Singapore’s soon to be held 2020 general elections?

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