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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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Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls
June 24, 2020

Singapore PM’s Brother Joins Opposition Party Ahead of Polls

By Associated Press
Lee Hsien Yang, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's estranged brother, joined an opposition party but declined to say whether he’d run in the July 10 polls.
Singapore Leader Calls Early Elections Despite Pandemic
June 24, 2020

Singapore Leader Calls Early Elections Despite Pandemic

By Associated Press
The July 10 polls will likely be the swan song for Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

How Are Indonesia’s Terrorist Groups Weathering the Pandemic?
June 23, 2020

How Are Indonesia’s Terrorist Groups Weathering the Pandemic?

By Zachary Abuza and Alif Satria
A group’s ability to exploit the pandemic is confined by their existing structure and resiliency.

Thai Army Whistleblower Accused of Abandoning Post Gets Bail
June 22, 2020

Thai Army Whistleblower Accused of Abandoning Post Gets Bail

By Associated Press
Sgt. Narongchai tried to expose corruption in his unit via official channels and his career suffered. He later fled his unit in fear for his life after reporting once again.

Vietnam Ratifies EU Free Trade Agreement, What’s Next?
June 22, 2020

Vietnam Ratifies EU Free Trade Agreement, What’s Next?

By Thoi Nguyen
Hopes are high that the EVFTA will have a big impact.
Making Sense of Indonesia’s Economic Diplomacy
June 20, 2020

Making Sense of Indonesia’s Economic Diplomacy

By Moch Faisal Karim
Looking back at the country’s at-time contradictory approach to multilateral trade governance.

Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success
June 19, 2020

Leveraging Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success

By Trien Vinh Le and Huy Quynh Nguyen
Vietnam’s success in containing COVID-19 provides a chance to to use earned legitimacy as a springboard to reforms.
Indonesia’s Intelligence Service is Coming Out to Counter COVID-19
June 19, 2020

Indonesia’s Intelligence Service is Coming Out to Counter COVID-19

By Tangguh Chairil
BIN is extending their role outside what a covert agency is supposed to do

Indonesia’s Parliament Mulls Controversial Electoral Reforms
June 18, 2020

Indonesia’s Parliament Mulls Controversial Electoral Reforms

By Marcus Tantau
Amid Indonesia’s struggle against COVID-19, a number of political parties are attempting to reform the country’s electoral system ahead of the 2024 legislative elections.

Indonesia Jails 7 Papua Anti-Racism Activists for Treason
June 17, 2020

Indonesia Jails 7 Papua Anti-Racism Activists for Treason

By Associated Press
The seven had participated in protests last year, during which they called for a referendum on Papuan independence.

Rappler Journalists Convicted of Libel in Chilling Verdict for Philippine Press Freedom
June 16, 2020

Rappler Journalists Convicted of Libel in Chilling Verdict for Philippine Press Freedom

By Nick Aspinwall
Domestic and international watchdogs condemned the verdict, which may put countless local journalists and internet users at risk of charges they cannot fight.
Plight of Rohingyas Under COVID-19 Spotlights ASEAN’s Failure
June 16, 2020

Plight of Rohingyas Under COVID-19 Spotlights ASEAN’s Failure

By Nor Arlene Tan
Amid the pandemic and global economic chaos, the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in Southeast Asia has quietly been swept under a rug.

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