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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.

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Cambodia: When Clouds Fell
March 06, 2015

Cambodia: When Clouds Fell

By Luke Hunt
Cambodian politics, tragedy and a victim’s confrontation with Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen.
Jokowi’s Fall
March 05, 2015

Jokowi’s Fall

By Joshua Kurlantzick
Once wildly popular, the Indonesian president has been hemorrhaging support. What happened?

The Explosive Politics of Voting Rights in Myanmar
March 04, 2015

The Explosive Politics of Voting Rights in Myanmar

By Oren Samet
The prospects for the country’s beleaguered Rohingya appear bleak.

The One Moment in Singapore’s History You Should Know About
March 03, 2015

The One Moment in Singapore’s History You Should Know About

By Prashanth Parameswaran
As the nation marks its 50th anniversary, here’s one moment we should all reflect on.

ASEAN Has Some of World’s Tightest Religious Controls
March 03, 2015

ASEAN Has Some of World’s Tightest Religious Controls

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A report finds the region has some of the world’s worst religious restrictions.
Jokowi’s Inglorious Presidency Already Under Heavy Fire
February 28, 2015

Jokowi’s Inglorious Presidency Already Under Heavy Fire

By Luke Hunt
With his hard line on the death penalty, Indonesia’s president risks damaging his country’s reputation abroad.

US, Japan Cautiously Rebuild Ties With Thailand
February 26, 2015

US, Japan Cautiously Rebuild Ties With Thailand

By Hana Rudolph
Concerned at rising Chinese influence since last year’s coup, the two countries adopt a pragmatic approach.
The Philippines and Vietnam: Strategic Partners?
February 26, 2015

The Philippines and Vietnam: Strategic Partners?

By Julio S. Amador III and Jeremie P. Credo
Hanoi and Manila are looking to elevate their relationship further in 2015.

Philippines Expels China Experts Amid South China Sea Concerns
February 26, 2015

Philippines Expels China Experts Amid South China Sea Concerns

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Manila ends Chinese involvement in running its power grid citing security fears.

Thailand's Junta in Campaign to Mend US Ties
February 25, 2015

Thailand's Junta in Campaign to Mend US Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
New ambassador charged with improving relations with Washington.

Cambodia’s Strongman Taunts Opposition With Rocket Fire
February 25, 2015

Cambodia’s Strongman Taunts Opposition With Rocket Fire

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country’s premier Hun Sen takes aim at activists battling a Chinese dam project.
Cambodia Suspends China Dam Project to Silence Opposition
February 25, 2015

Cambodia Suspends China Dam Project to Silence Opposition

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Move comes a day after the controversial deportation of a Spanish anti-dam activist.

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