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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.

Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up
November 26, 2020

Malaysia’s Top Glove Says Virus Outbreak May Push Prices up

By Associated Press
Top Glove produces about 90 billion rubber gloves a year, and exports to 195 countries. 

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.
Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty
November 25, 2020

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality
November 25, 2020

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality

By Laura Southgate
In an era of growing superpower competition, ASEAN will face stiff challenges to its autonomy and neutrality.

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone
November 24, 2020

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone

By Sebastian Strangio
The country exceeded 500,000 cases right as international researchers were moving closer to an effective vaccine.

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister
November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election
November 23, 2020

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election

By Mong Palatino
Lesson #1: Stinging international rebukes over human rights abuses do not necessarily translate into fewer votes.
Could Vietnam Really Shut Down Facebook?
November 23, 2020

Could Vietnam Really Shut Down Facebook?

By Sebastian Strangio
Reports of recent threats notwithstanding, such a move would invite massive blowback from the public.

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian
November 23, 2020

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian

By David Hutt
Increasingly, journalists are being prosecuted not for publishing falsehoods – but for the potential consequences of their reporting.

In Malaysia, a Gargantuan Chinese-Backed Development Bites the Dust
November 19, 2020

In Malaysia, a Gargantuan Chinese-Backed Development Bites the Dust

By Sebastian Strangio
The Melaka Gateway project has languished since the 2018 election, when large Chinese investments came under close scrutiny.

Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow
November 18, 2020

Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow

By Luke Hunt
On the cusp of the Biden administration, U.S. lawmakers are calling for fresh sanctions on Cambodia's government.
Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change
November 18, 2020

Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change

By Associated Press
The parliamentary session is Prime Minister Prayut's way of seizing the initiative after months of anti-government protesters.

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