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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.

September 20, 2019

Is Indonesia Losing Its War on Corruption Under Jokowi?

By Erin Cook
Recent developments have heightened concerns about the progress on anti-corruption in the country.

September 19, 2019

Did Cambodia Just Make a U-Turn on Gambling?

By David Hutt
A recent move warrants attention given the government’s previous positions.
September 18, 2019

Can Contested Carbon Offsets Save Southeast Asia’s Forests?

By Preeti Jha
A closer look at a key component of the region's fight against the climate crisis.

September 18, 2019

UMNO and PAS: A Frenemy Marriage?

By Michio Ueda
The new Malay-Muslim alliance between two major opposition forces could accelerate further polarization of Malaysian politics.

September 17, 2019

What’s Behind the First India-Singapore-Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of the new arrangement.

September 17, 2019

Navy Chief Introductory Visit Puts Malaysia-Brunei Defense Relations Into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The interaction spotlighted ongoing efforts to develop the security aspect of the wider bilateral relationship.
September 16, 2019

Southeast Asia Haze: Mass Arrest in Indonesia Amid Raging Forest Fires

By Associated Press
Authorities have arrested 185 people suspected of starting forest fires spreading haze around the region.

September 13, 2019

Indonesia’s New Capital Challenge Kicks Off

By Luke Hunt
The announcement on moving the country’s capital is only the beginning of one of the most ambitious infrastructure ventures in its history.

September 13, 2019

What’s in the New Philippines Joint Service Military Exercise?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A look at the significance of what would constitute the first engagement of its kind.

September 11, 2019

What's Next in the Battle for Southeast Asian History?

By Preeti Jha
Independent collectives in the subregion are building new platforms to give voice to alternative histories.

September 11, 2019

The Mekong Dimension of South Korea’s New Southern Policy with ASEAN

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The Moon administration is upping its focus on Mekong countries as part of its wider approach to Southeast Asia.
September 11, 2019

Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Cambodia Return Bring People Power Or Something Else?

By David Hutt
Despite the opposition figure’s optimistic assessment, the outlook following his possible return to Cambodia remains unclear.

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