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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.

Cambodia Bolts Into Its New Normal
November 26, 2021

Cambodia Bolts Into Its New Normal

By Luke Hunt
The road ahead is long and lonely for Cambodia, with Chinese largess checked by the pandemic and Western interests soured by pre-pandemic crackdowns.

Malaysia: Is Barisan Nasional Growing in Strength?
November 26, 2021

Malaysia: Is Barisan Nasional Growing in Strength?

By Alifah Zainuddin
The six-decade-old grand old coalition, led by UMNO, remains in a much weaker state, but it will inevitably be looking to build on its winning momentum.
Concerns Rise Over Indonesia’s Sputtering Virus Vaccinations
November 26, 2021

Concerns Rise Over Indonesia’s Sputtering Virus Vaccinations

By David Rising and Edna Tarigan
Vaccine hesitancy in the predominantly Muslim country can be traced to apprehensions that shots other than the Chinese-made Sinovac are not "halal."

Bangladesh Sends Hundreds More Rohingya Refugees to Island
November 25, 2021

Bangladesh Sends Hundreds More Rohingya Refugees to Island

By Julhas Alam
Dhaka says that the relocation of refugees to the low-lying island is a temporary arrangement; they will eventually have to return to Myanmar.

In Post-Coup Myanmar, Women Face Systemic Campaigns of Terror and Assault
November 25, 2021

In Post-Coup Myanmar, Women Face Systemic Campaigns of Terror and Assault

By Maggi Quadrini
The annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence should draw attention to the urgent need to protect women and girls in Myanmar.

APEC 2022: Time and Momentum Are Not On Thailand’s Side
November 25, 2021

APEC 2022: Time and Momentum Are Not On Thailand’s Side

By Tita Sanglee
In the face of mounting domestic concerns, Thailand will have a hard time trying to smoothly run APEC meetings in 2022.

Timor-Leste Is Facing a Make-or-Break Moment
November 24, 2021

Timor-Leste Is Facing a Make-or-Break Moment

By Avelino Dos Santos Da Costa
Diversifying the economy, which is massively dependent on oil and gas, is the biggest task facing Timor-Leste. The time is now, and every second counts.
Indonesia’s Participation at COP26
November 23, 2021

Indonesia’s Participation at COP26

By Noto Suoneto and Gracia Paramitha
From deforestation to coal use, Indonesia was in the spotlight during the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow.

Philippine Supply Boats Reach Marines at China-guarded Shoal
November 23, 2021

Philippine Supply Boats Reach Marines at China-guarded Shoal

By Jim Gomez
According to the Philippines' defense secretary, the resupply boats reached the shoal without a Philippine military escort in accordance with a Chinese request.

The Benefits of Expanding the India-Russia Partnership in Southeast Asia
November 22, 2021

The Benefits of Expanding the India-Russia Partnership in Southeast Asia

By Don McLain Gill
India and Russia have both been hesitant about expanding their influence in the region. Synchronizing their efforts could help overcome those concerns.

After Slow Starts, Some Asian Vaccination Rates Now Soaring
November 22, 2021

After Slow Starts, Some Asian Vaccination Rates Now Soaring

By David Rising and Sopheng Cheang
Immunization campaigns in Cambodia and Japan, for instance, started slowly but have since zoomed past the US and European nations.
Will Domestic Politics Upend Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship?
November 19, 2021

Will Domestic Politics Upend Cambodia’s ASEAN Chairmanship?

By David Hutt
The deteriorating rights situation in Cambodia will be a major distraction from ASEAN’s agenda.

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