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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.

US, Thailand Mull Crossborder Myanmar Aid Delivery Plan
October 21, 2021

US, Thailand Mull Crossborder Myanmar Aid Delivery Plan

By Sebastian Strangio
The presence of an established humanitarian presence makes the Thai-Myanmar border a logical conduit for aid.

Myanmar Junta Asks Telenor Executives Not to Leave the Country
October 21, 2021

Myanmar Junta Asks Telenor Executives Not to Leave the Country

By Sebastian Strangio
The Norwegian telecoms firm is awaiting regulatory approval for the sale of its Myanmar operation.
Thailand to Cease Using Sinovac Vaccines After Supplies Are Exhausted
October 20, 2021

Thailand to Cease Using Sinovac Vaccines After Supplies Are Exhausted

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement follows queries about the efficacy of the Chinese vaccine, the world’s most widely used COVID-19 jab.

Dancing to Different Tunes: Cambodia’s False Peace
October 20, 2021

Dancing to Different Tunes: Cambodia’s False Peace

By Luke Hunt
The Paris Peace Agreements did not end the war in Cambodia.

The Nobel Peace Prize and Free Speech in the Philippines
October 20, 2021

The Nobel Peace Prize and Free Speech in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
The awarding of the prize to pioneering journalist Maria Ressa points to the deterioration in press freedom under President Duterte.

Myanmar Junta Releases Thousands Detained for Anti-Coup Protests
October 20, 2021

Myanmar Junta Releases Thousands Detained for Anti-Coup Protests

By Sebastian Strangio
The move followed on the heels of ASEAN's decision to uninvite regime chief Min Aung Hlaing from its upcoming summit.

Indonesia and Malaysia Reiterate Concerns About AUKUS Pact
October 19, 2021

Indonesia and Malaysia Reiterate Concerns About AUKUS Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
Their statements reflect the trepidation that many Southeast Asian governments feel about rising Sino-American tensions.
Can the COVID-19 Playbook Prepare Nations For the Next Pandemic?
October 19, 2021

Can the COVID-19 Playbook Prepare Nations For the Next Pandemic?

By Alifah Zainuddin
The fight against the coronavirus pandemic is often likened to a war, and every war needs a plan.

Myanmar Opposition Welcomes ASEAN’s Exclusion of Junta Leader
October 19, 2021

Myanmar Opposition Welcomes ASEAN’s Exclusion of Junta Leader

By Sebastian Strangio
The decision reflects the Southeast Asian bloc's increasing frustration with Myanmar's military administration.

Declassified Files Illuminate UK Role in Indonesian Anti-Communist Purges
October 18, 2021

Declassified Files Illuminate UK Role in Indonesian Anti-Communist Purges

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.K. ran a propaganda campaign in the mid-1960s urging that the "communist cancer be cut out of the body of the state.”

Army, Police Defections Growing, Claims Myanmar Shadow Government
October 18, 2021

Army, Police Defections Growing, Claims Myanmar Shadow Government

By Sebastian Strangio
The claim comes amid an intensifying armed struggle against the military junta that seized power in February.
ASEAN to Exclude Myanmar’s Leader From Summit in Key Rebuke
October 16, 2021

ASEAN to Exclude Myanmar’s Leader From Summit in Key Rebuke

By Eileen Ng
The move follows the military government's repeated stalling and lack of cooperation on the implementation of a regional peace plan.

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