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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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Thailand Won’t Send Prisoners Into The Sea
January 22, 2015

Thailand Won’t Send Prisoners Into The Sea

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Government abandons controversial plan following international furor.
Indonesia: Police Chief Scandal Jokowi’s First Real Test
January 21, 2015

Indonesia: Police Chief Scandal Jokowi’s First Real Test

By Mong Palatino
The president’s reformist credentials are questions when his choice for police chief is named in a corruption scandal.

Singapore to Ban Public Drinking Amid Fierce Opposition
January 21, 2015

Singapore to Ban Public Drinking Amid Fierce Opposition

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The city-state’s crackdown on public alcohol consumption is meeting strong public resistance.

‘Young’ Myanmar Still Needs Strong Military Role, Says Army Chief
January 21, 2015

‘Young’ Myanmar Still Needs Strong Military Role, Says Army Chief

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Comments reinforce worries that reduced military control is unlikely anytime soon.

6 Events That Will Shape Philippine Politics in 2015
January 18, 2015

6 Events That Will Shape Philippine Politics in 2015

By Mong Palatino
The last year before the 2016 presidential elections promises to be an interesting one.
Is Indonesia’s ‘Sink the Vessels’ Policy Legal?
January 17, 2015

Is Indonesia’s ‘Sink the Vessels’ Policy Legal?

By Ahmad Almaududy Amri
Given the controversy over the policy, it is worth considering its legality.

What Awaits Vietnam in 2015?
January 16, 2015

What Awaits Vietnam in 2015?

By Khang Vu
Will Vietnam be able to leverage its relations with TPP countries to its advantage with China?
Indonesia Mulls Tougher Approach Against Islamic State
January 16, 2015

Indonesia Mulls Tougher Approach Against Islamic State

By Prashanth Parameswaran
New moves expected as government looks to counter the movement’s growing threat

Charlie Hebdo a ‘Clash of Values,’ Says Indonesia's Former President
January 15, 2015

Charlie Hebdo a ‘Clash of Values,’ Says Indonesia's Former President

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Yudhoyono calls for limiting freedom to get past divide between Islam and West

Indonesia-Oman Relations: Gradually Moving Forward
January 15, 2015

Indonesia-Oman Relations: Gradually Moving Forward

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
Though often overlooked, ties between Oman and Indonesia are helping growth in both countries.

Malaysia Scores Victory Over Islamic State
January 14, 2015

Malaysia Scores Victory Over Islamic State

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A crackdown appears to have eliminated Malaysia as a transit point for IS recruits.
Cambodia Marks 30 Years Under Hun Sen’s Rule Amid Uncertain Future
January 14, 2015

Cambodia Marks 30 Years Under Hun Sen’s Rule Amid Uncertain Future

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Three decades on, the strongman shows few signs of relinquishing power anytime soon.

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