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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.

Myanmar Coup Forced Sharp Downturn in Business: Report
May 07, 2021

Myanmar Coup Forced Sharp Downturn in Business: Report

By Sebastian Strangio
The first two months of the crisis wrought more damage to Myanmar's economy than a year of COVID-19.

Malaysian Cabotage Policy Agitates Old Wounds in the Country’s East
May 07, 2021

Malaysian Cabotage Policy Agitates Old Wounds in the Country’s East

By Tharishini Krishnan
Malaysia's burdensome maritime regulations have put the question of autonomy for Sabah and Sarawak back on the agenda.
Thai Government Readies Legal Shackles for Civil Society
May 07, 2021

Thai Government Readies Legal Shackles for Civil Society

By Sebastian Strangio
If passed, the law will be used to target organizations deemed to threaten Thailand's entrenched political elite.

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine
May 07, 2021

Duterte Orders Arrest of Quarantine Violators After Taking Unauthorized Vaccine

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines president received the unapproved Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Can Myanmar’s New ‘People’s Defense Force’ Succeed?
May 06, 2021

Can Myanmar’s New ‘People’s Defense Force’ Succeed?

By Sebastian Strangio
The force is intended as a prelude to the eventual establishment of a Federal Union Army to battle the military junta.

Under Military Rule, Myanmar Has Retreated to the Keypad Phone Age
May 06, 2021

Under Military Rule, Myanmar Has Retreated to the Keypad Phone Age

By Aika Sato
Given the protest movement's reliance on social media, the military junta has begun executing random smartphone spot checks.

Trio of Cambodian Youth Imprisoned for Environmental Activism
May 06, 2021

Trio of Cambodian Youth Imprisoned for Environmental Activism

By Sebastian Strangio
In recent years, the environmental group Mother Nature has become a major irritant for Prime Minister Hun Sen's government.
Indonesia Deploys Forces to Troubled Papua Region
May 05, 2021

Indonesia Deploys Forces to Troubled Papua Region

By Sebastian Strangio
The uneasy region seems set for another cycle of military crackdowns and separatist counter-attacks.

Medical Workers Targeted in Myanmar’s Post-Coup Crisis
May 05, 2021

Medical Workers Targeted in Myanmar’s Post-Coup Crisis

By Brian Elmore
The country's political and economic troubles are being shadowed by a looming public health crisis.

Norway’s Telenor Writes Off its Myanmar Operation Amid Crisis
May 05, 2021

Norway’s Telenor Writes Off its Myanmar Operation Amid Crisis

By Sebastian Strangio
The firm cited a "worsening of economic and business environment outlook and a deteriorating security and human rights situation."

COVID-19 Stages Another Comeback in Vietnam
May 04, 2021

COVID-19 Stages Another Comeback in Vietnam

By Sebastian Strangio
A recent spate of community transmissions is likely to delay the country's planned resumption of international tourism.
The Implications of the Worsening Security Situation in Papua
May 04, 2021

The Implications of the Worsening Security Situation in Papua

By Bilveer Singh
The recent killing of an Indonesian brigadier general heralds an intensification of the conflict in eastern Indonesia.

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