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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.

What Should ASEAN Do About the Rohingya Crisis?
October 21, 2020

What Should ASEAN Do About the Rohingya Crisis?

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report from a regional human rights group urges the ten-member bloc to take a more holistic approach to the situation in western Myanmar.

Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?
October 21, 2020

Why Is Rodrigo Duterte Still Popular in the Philippines?

By Mong Palatino
Despite allegations of corruption and his ineptitude in handling the COVID-19 crisis, the Philippine leader's popularity continues to climb.
Amid Drought and Flooding, Cambodian Fish Catches, Exports Fall Precipitously
October 21, 2020

Amid Drought and Flooding, Cambodian Fish Catches, Exports Fall Precipitously

By Luke Hunt
Floods follow drought as dams, climate change and illegal fishing take their toll on Southeast Asia's mighty river.

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown
October 20, 2020

Duterte: Hold Me Responsible for Killings in Drug Crackdown

By Associated Press
"If you get killed, it's because I'm enraged by drugs," Duterte said. 

Indonesia Rebuffs US Request to Host Spy Planes: Report
October 20, 2020

Indonesia Rebuffs US Request to Host Spy Planes: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The Trump administration’s aborted move highlights the wide gap separating American perceptions from Southeast Asian realities.

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones
October 19, 2020

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones

By Sebastian Strangio
The cancellations were expected, but some say the decisions were selective and benefit the ruling National League for Democracy.

Defying State of Emergency, Thailand Student Protests Roll Onward
October 19, 2020

Defying State of Emergency, Thailand Student Protests Roll Onward

By Sebastian Strangio
Thailand student protesters are increasingly drawing support – and tactics – from Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement.
Thai PM Refuses to Resign, Police Crack Down on Protesters
October 16, 2020

Thai PM Refuses to Resign, Police Crack Down on Protesters

By Associated Press
Thai police used water cannons and charged at a massive crowd in Bangkok.

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians
October 16, 2020

4 Reasons the Philippines Needs Public Asset Disclosures From Its Politicians

By Ronald U.Mendoza and Michael Yusingco
The Philippines’ anti-corruption body has declined to make financial disclosures public. That’s a big problem.

Indonesia Secures Access to Promising British COVID-19 Vaccine
October 16, 2020

Indonesia Secures Access to Promising British COVID-19 Vaccine

By Sebastian Strangio
Having struggled to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the country has put all its chips on securing access to an effective vaccine.

Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration
October 16, 2020

Philippines Lifts Ban on South China Sea Energy Exploration

By Associated Press
The decision comes after a six-year hiatus on oil and gas exploration in areas west of the Philippines.
What Did the Chinese FM’s Tour of Southeast Asia Achieve?
October 16, 2020

What Did the Chinese FM’s Tour of Southeast Asia Achieve?

By Sebastian Strangio
Wang Yi riffed on a number of familiar tunes, from China's role in post-COVID-19 recovery to the shibboleth of “non-interference.”

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