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ASEAN Beat

‘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.

Sworn in, Anwar Gets to Work as Malaysia’s Prime Minister
November 25, 2022

Sworn in, Anwar Gets to Work as Malaysia’s Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
Anwar said he would submit his government to a vote of confidence on December 19.

Can Anwar Ibrahim Bring Stability Back to Malaysian Politics?
November 25, 2022

Can Anwar Ibrahim Bring Stability Back to Malaysian Politics?

By Sebastian Strangio
While the November 19 election resulted in a victory for his multi-ethnic Pakatan Harapan bloc, the forces of conservative Malay nationalism have perhaps never been stronger.
Why Southeast Asia Needs to Establish an ASEAN Cancer Center
November 25, 2022

Why Southeast Asia Needs to Establish an ASEAN Cancer Center

By Molika Heng
With the disease on the rise in the region, a dedicated transnational institution would reduce the cost of cancer treatments for those most in need.

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris
November 25, 2022

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident close to the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island was just the latest between the two nations in the disputed South China Sea.

Reformist Leader Anwar Named Prime Minister of Malaysia
November 24, 2022

Reformist Leader Anwar Named Prime Minister of Malaysia

By Eileen Ng
In naming the longtime opposition figure, the monarch called for an end to the political turmoil that has seen Malaysia led by three prime ministers since 2018.

Australia’s ANZ Bank Exits Myanmar Due to Post-Coup Turmoil
November 24, 2022

Australia’s ANZ Bank Exits Myanmar Due to Post-Coup Turmoil

By Sebastian Strangio
The bank, which was awarded a banking license in Myanmar in 2014, said it was withdrawing due to the country's "increasing operational complexity."

Thai Drug Legalization Advocates Fight Growing Marijuana Backlash
November 24, 2022

Thai Drug Legalization Advocates Fight Growing Marijuana Backlash

By Sebastian Strangio
In June, the country became the first in Asia to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. But a booming recreational market has prompted a sharp backlash.
Malaysia’s Democratization Poses New Challenges to China’s BRI Projects
November 23, 2022

Malaysia’s Democratization Poses New Challenges to China’s BRI Projects

By Imran Shamsunahar
Elites' growing need for democratic legitimization is impacting the fate of a slew of large-scale Chinese projects.

What Explains the Islamic Surge at Malaysia’s Election?
November 23, 2022

What Explains the Islamic Surge at Malaysia’s Election?

By Sebastian Strangio
The country's main Islamic party, PAS, successfully capitalized on the public's growing disenchantment with the Malay political establishment.

Spotlight on Malaysia’s King to Resolve Election Stalemate
November 22, 2022

Spotlight on Malaysia’s King to Resolve Election Stalemate

By Eileen Ng
Thrust into the role of kingmaker after the November 19 election, the Barisan Nasional coalition has refused to support either of the two leading political blocs.

Myanmar and Russia Agree to Establish Nuclear Technology Hub in Yangon
November 22, 2022

Myanmar and Russia Agree to Establish Nuclear Technology Hub in Yangon

By Sebastian Strangio
Civilian nuclear cooperation is the fruit of a growing convergence of interests between the two pariah states.
Atrocities Mount Amid the Return to War in Western Myanmar
November 22, 2022

Atrocities Mount Amid the Return to War in Western Myanmar

By Kyaw Hsan Hlaing
Once mostly immune from the country's post-coup turmoils, Rakhine State is beset by an increasingly devastating conflict.

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