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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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Evaluating Strategies to Address Online Radicalization in Singapore
January 18, 2022

Evaluating Strategies to Address Online Radicalization in Singapore

By Mohamed Bin Ali
The internet has developed into an easily accessible “open university” for hate speech and propaganda.
Philippines Election Body Dismisses Petition to Bar Marcos from Presidential Poll
January 18, 2022

Philippines Election Body Dismisses Petition to Bar Marcos from Presidential Poll

By Sebastian Strangio
Opponents of the Marcos clan have filed a number of petitions seeking to disqualify Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos from the May election.

‘No Progress’ on ASEAN Peace Plan for Myanmar: Singaporean PM
January 17, 2022

‘No Progress’ on ASEAN Peace Plan for Myanmar: Singaporean PM

By Sebastian Strangio
Four Southeast Asian nations have now expressed criticisms of Cambodia's unilateral crisis diplomacy on Myanmar.

Aung San Suu Kyi Hit With 5 New Corruption Charges
January 17, 2022

Aung San Suu Kyi Hit With 5 New Corruption Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
The 76-year-old leader now faces a barrage of more than 15 criminal charges, designed to consign her to an early – and forced – retirement.

Has the ASEAN Chair Become Too Powerful?
January 14, 2022

Has the ASEAN Chair Become Too Powerful?

By David Hutt
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's visit to Myanmar has highlighted deep flaws in the bloc's modus operandi.
The Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership Takes Another Step Forward
January 13, 2022

The Vietnam-Germany Strategic Partnership Takes Another Step Forward

By Hai Hong Nguyen
A growing congruence of interests has prompted the two nations to expand their strategic partnership into the realm of defense and security cooperation.

Indonesia Begins Distributing Booster Shots as Omicron Makes Inroads
January 13, 2022

Indonesia Begins Distributing Booster Shots as Omicron Makes Inroads

By Sebastian Strangio
The government made a last-minute decision to ditch a plan that would have required most of the public to pay for the jabs.
Cambodia Postpones ASEAN Meeting Amid Myanmar Disagreements
January 13, 2022

Cambodia Postpones ASEAN Meeting Amid Myanmar Disagreements

By Sebastian Strangio
The Myanmar crisis has opened an increasingly wide fissure within the Southeast Asian bloc.

Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog
January 12, 2022

Myanmar Teak Exports to US Continuing Despite Sanctions: Watchdog

By Sebastian Strangio
According to Justice for Myanmar, U.S. companies imported nearly 1,600 metric tons of teak between February and December of last year.

Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases
January 11, 2022

Philippines Posts Three Consecutive Days of Record COVID-19 Cases

By Sebastian Strangio
A new COVID-19 surge now threatens to overshadow campaigning for the country's presidential election on May 9.

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 4 More Years in Prison
January 10, 2022

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi Sentenced to 4 More Years in Prison

By Associated Press
The military junta has not allowed any outside party to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi since its seizure of power.
Cambodian Government Defends PM’s Myanmar Trip, Hails ‘Positive’ Outcomes
January 10, 2022

Cambodian Government Defends PM’s Myanmar Trip, Hails ‘Positive’ Outcomes

By Sebastian Strangio
As expected, the trip did little to advance a solution to the country's complex of political and humanitarian crises.

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