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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.

Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar Set for April 24
April 16, 2021

Special ASEAN Summit on Myanmar Set for April 24

By Sebastian Strangio
After weeks of planning, the long-promised emergency meeting on the crisis in Myanmar finally has a date.

Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation
April 16, 2021

Cambodia Risks Being Left Behind by Workplace Automation

By David Hutt
The Cambodian government has done little to prepare its population for an epochal economic shift.
Cambodian Leader Warns COVID-19 Has His Nation on ‘the Brink of Death’
April 16, 2021

Cambodian Leader Warns COVID-19 Has His Nation on ‘the Brink of Death’

By Sebastian Strangio
After months of low cast numbers, Cambodia's worsening outbreak suggests that COVID-19 is far from being defeated in the region.

In Place of New Year Festivities, Myanmar Protesters Mark the Fallen
April 15, 2021

In Place of New Year Festivities, Myanmar Protesters Mark the Fallen

By Sebastian Strangio
Some say the celebration of the Buddhist New Year would play into the junta's claim that the situation in Myanmar is returning to normal.

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over South China Sea Tensions
April 15, 2021

Philippines Summons Chinese Ambassador Over South China Sea Tensions

By Sebastian Strangio
More than 200 Chinese vessels continue to lurk around disputed features in the Spratly Islands.

Myanmar Charges Doctors Over Civil Disobedience Protests
April 15, 2021

Myanmar Charges Doctors Over Civil Disobedience Protests

By Associated Press
Doctors, nurses, and medical students have marched and joined strikes to show their opposition to the military coup.

After Myanmar’s Military Coup, Arakan Army Accelerates Implementation of the ‘Way of Rakhita’
April 14, 2021

After Myanmar’s Military Coup, Arakan Army Accelerates Implementation of the ‘Way of Rakhita’

By Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
Despite its support for the national protest movement, various factors have contributed to the armed group’s relative silence since the coup.
Cambodia and Its ‘Dictator’ Struggle With the Pandemic
April 14, 2021

Cambodia and Its ‘Dictator’ Struggle With the Pandemic

By Luke Hunt
The WHO issues “dire warning” ahead of Khmer New Year.

Malaysia and Indonesia in the Middle East
April 13, 2021

Malaysia and Indonesia in the Middle East

By Guy Burton
The two Muslim-majority Southeast Asian states cannot avoid domestic implications from their policies toward the Middle East.

Singapore PM Succession Setback
April 12, 2021

Singapore PM Succession Setback

By Li Xirui and Dingding Chen
What are the consequences of Heng Swee Keat's decision to step aside as 4G leader-in-waiting?

VICE Asia Tampers with Khmer Rouge Tribunal Evidence
April 12, 2021

VICE Asia Tampers with Khmer Rouge Tribunal Evidence

By Luke Hunt
An insulting end to a messy week for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.
Thailand Buffeted by Third Wave of COVID-19 Infections
April 12, 2021

Thailand Buffeted by Third Wave of COVID-19 Infections

By Sebastian Strangio
The new outbreak threatens to undermine Thailand's economic recovery before it has even begun.

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