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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.

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Philippines: Questions Raised About US Anti-Terror Cooperation
March 19, 2015

Philippines: Questions Raised About US Anti-Terror Cooperation

By Mong Palatino
A police report has confirmed a U.S. presence in the anti-terror operation in Mindanao.
Malaysia as ASEAN Chair: What Are The Challenges?
March 18, 2015

Malaysia as ASEAN Chair: What Are The Challenges?

By Jeremie P. Credo
Malaysia must confront several challenges to successfully lead ASEAN in 2015.

Thai Junta Chief Slams US Policy
March 18, 2015

Thai Junta Chief Slams US Policy

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The U.S. needs a better "tailor," general says.

ASEAN Defense Ministers Sign Security Declaration
March 17, 2015

ASEAN Defense Ministers Sign Security Declaration

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Focus placed on Islamic state and ongoing regional security proposals.

Philippines Peace Deal Again Under Threat
March 16, 2015

Philippines Peace Deal Again Under Threat

By Luke Hunt
Another round of violence in the south of the country puts a hard-earned peace agreement at risk.
Thai Junta Seems Ready to Put Elections Off Longer
March 14, 2015

Thai Junta Seems Ready to Put Elections Off Longer

By Joshua Kurlantzick
Given recent comments by Prayuth, it is unclear when Thailand will return to democracy.

Why China and the Philippines Won't Reconcile Anytime Soon
March 13, 2015

Why China and the Philippines Won't Reconcile Anytime Soon

By Richard Javad Heydarian
Manila and Beijing have a long way to go before improving their troubled relations.
Brunei Mulls New Drone Regulations
March 13, 2015

Brunei Mulls New Drone Regulations

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The government says it is developing a new framework for drone use.

Malaysian Opposition Rallies for Anwar
March 11, 2015

Malaysian Opposition Rallies for Anwar

By Mong Palatino
Thousands march to press for the release of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

The Quiet Growth in Indonesia-Israel Relations
March 11, 2015

The Quiet Growth in Indonesia-Israel Relations

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Bilateral ties are surprisingly extensive, even if they are kept quiet.

Myanmar to Investigate Violent Protest Crackdown
March 11, 2015

Myanmar to Investigate Violent Protest Crackdown

By Prashanth Parameswaran
President reportedly orders a government inquiry into a Yangon protest crackdown.
Malaysia Wants More ASEAN Cooperation Against Islamic State
March 11, 2015

Malaysia Wants More ASEAN Cooperation Against Islamic State

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country’s foreign minister warns that the movement’s “evil tentacles” are spreading.

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