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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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Top Southeast Asia Terrorist Likely Killed by Philippines, Says FBI
February 05, 2015

Top Southeast Asia Terrorist Likely Killed by Philippines, Says FBI

By Prashanth Parameswaran
DNA evidence appears to confirm the death of one of the region's most wanted terrorists.
Indonesia’s Capital Has World’s Worst Traffic
February 05, 2015

Indonesia’s Capital Has World’s Worst Traffic

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Index reveals just how bad Jakarta’s legendary traffic jams are.

Cambodia: A Tale of Two Outbreaks
February 04, 2015

Cambodia: A Tale of Two Outbreaks

By Luke Hunt
A tragic HIV outbreak in rural Cambodia has received scant attention.

Thai Junta Vows Crackdown Following Bomb Blasts
February 03, 2015

Thai Junta Vows Crackdown Following Bomb Blasts

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Security to be tightened amid heightened political tensions.

Indonesia Wages War on Alcohol
February 03, 2015

Indonesia Wages War on Alcohol

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Government restricts alcohol sales to “protect future generations”.
2015 Challenges for the Communist Party of Vietnam
February 01, 2015

2015 Challenges for the Communist Party of Vietnam

By Truong-Minh Vu
The recent plenum was revealing as to the future direction the party will take.

Chinese Activists Cut Across Indochina in Search of Asylum
January 30, 2015

Chinese Activists Cut Across Indochina in Search of Asylum

By Luke Hunt
The couple have spent three months trekking through China, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Majority of Indonesians Now Disapprove Of Jokowi
January 30, 2015

Majority of Indonesians Now Disapprove Of Jokowi

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Surveys suggest his popularity is waning just three months after he took office.

Myanmar’s ‘Mad Monk’ Strikes Again
January 28, 2015

Myanmar’s ‘Mad Monk’ Strikes Again

By Mong Palatino
Radical monk draws ire at home and abroad for insulting a U.N. envoy.

Thai Junta Chief Blasts Top US Diplomat
January 28, 2015

Thai Junta Chief Blasts Top US Diplomat

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Junta leader defiantly rebuts criticism directed against his administration.

China and Indonesia Under Jokowi: Show Me The Money
January 28, 2015

China and Indonesia Under Jokowi: Show Me The Money

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Sino-Indonesian relations appear to be off to a good start. But it is still early days.
Philippine Peace Pact in Peril?
January 27, 2015

Philippine Peace Pact in Peril?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Clash risks complicating fragile peace between the government and Muslim rebels.

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