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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.

Can ASEAN’s Special Envoy Resolve the Crisis in Myanmar?
August 05, 2021

Can ASEAN’s Special Envoy Resolve the Crisis in Myanmar?

By Sebastian Strangio
Brunei’s Erywan Yusof faces an uphill struggle in bringing the country’s contending factions into a process of dialogue.

Controlling the Information Space: Big Tech and Free Speech in Southeast Asia
August 05, 2021

Controlling the Information Space: Big Tech and Free Speech in Southeast Asia

By Andreyka Natalegawa and Kyra Jasper
Southeast Asia's increasing restrictions on online speech have put U.S. social media companies in a challenging bind.
Coup Brings ‘Bad New Days’ to Myanmar’s Mining Communities
August 04, 2021

Coup Brings ‘Bad New Days’ to Myanmar’s Mining Communities

By Daniel Combs
Myanmar’s military and ethnic armies are waging a war for control over the country’s natural resources – and the enormous profits that come with them.

ASEAN Ministers Pick Brunei Diplomat as Envoy to Myanmar
August 04, 2021

ASEAN Ministers Pick Brunei Diplomat as Envoy to Myanmar

By Jim Gomez and Eileen Ng
After three months of deadlock, the Southeast Asian bloc finally settled on a candidate.

Malaysian PM Defies Calls to Resign, Claiming Parliamentary Majority
August 04, 2021

Malaysian PM Defies Calls to Resign, Claiming Parliamentary Majority

By Sebastian Strangio
Prime Minister Muhyiddin agreed to subject himself to a motion of confidence when parliament reconvenes next month.

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact
August 04, 2021

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The unsurprising revelation hints at the fundamentally transactional nature of Duterte's approach to the superpowers.

ASEAN Still Stalemated Over Choice of Myanmar Envoy
August 03, 2021

ASEAN Still Stalemated Over Choice of Myanmar Envoy

By Sebastian Strangio
A candidate was expected to be announced at yesterday’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, but the bloc appears deadlocked on a number of issues.
Cambodian Leader Acknowledges Oil Production ‘Failure’
August 03, 2021

Cambodian Leader Acknowledges Oil Production ‘Failure’

By Sebastian Strangio
The government's Singaporean partner filed for liquidation in June, six months after offshore production started.

Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Power
August 03, 2021

Democracy Is Teetering in Malaysia as PM Tightens Grip on Power

By Alifah Zainuddin
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s desperate attempt to hold on to power threatens to shake the country's democratic system to the core.

Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?
August 02, 2021

Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?

By Gretchen Abuso
A lack of thorough education has helped blur the Philippines’ history – and the lessons of the past.

Malaysia’s Youth Step Up Protests As Political Crisis Deepens
August 02, 2021

Malaysia’s Youth Step Up Protests As Political Crisis Deepens

By Alifah Zainuddin
Young protestors gather momentum as calls for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s resignation grow louder.
Myanmar Junta Forms Caretaker Government, Promises Elections in 2023
August 02, 2021

Myanmar Junta Forms Caretaker Government, Promises Elections in 2023

By Sebastian Strangio
But the announcement will do little to convince the large proportion of the Myanmar public opposing military rule.

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