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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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Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?
September 14, 2020

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?

By Sebastian Strangio
The rehabilitation of Ferdinand Marcos is a sign of the public's continuing discontent with the status quo.
Three-Horse Race for Vietnam’s Next Communist Party Chief
September 14, 2020

Three-Horse Race for Vietnam’s Next Communist Party Chief

By David Hutt
As the Communist Party of Vietnam moves toward its next National Congress, the list of candidates for key posts is narrowing.

How Meaningful is the New US-Mekong Partnership?
September 14, 2020

How Meaningful is the New US-Mekong Partnership?

By Sebastian Strangio
The recently announced multilateral framework is a welcome – but limited – check on China's expanding influence in the Mekong region.

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts
September 11, 2020

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts

By Sebastian Strangio
Two more recent deals highlight the contradictions that have resulted from the Duterte administration's "pivot to China."

In Myanmar, a Leading Conglomerate is Funding Military Abuses
September 11, 2020

In Myanmar, a Leading Conglomerate is Funding Military Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report argues that a military-linked conglomerate – and its foreign partners – are directly funding units accused of crimes against humanity.
Filipino Health Workers Protest Overseas Work Restrictions
September 10, 2020

Filipino Health Workers Protest Overseas Work Restrictions

By Nick Aspinwall
A nurses’ group has called for the government to lift a deployment ban imposed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At ASEAN Meetings, US, China Spar Over Maritime Disputes
September 10, 2020

At ASEAN Meetings, US, China Spar Over Maritime Disputes

By Sebastian Strangio
The alternating diplomatic salvos highlight to degree to which the South China Sea has become a flashpoint of superpower tensions.
Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative
September 10, 2020

Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative

By Kimkong Heng
Harping on the EU's 'unfair' withdrawal of trade preferences will do nothing to address the serious challenges facing the country.

Aceh Offers Sanctuary to Rohingya After Grueling Sea Voyage
September 10, 2020

Aceh Offers Sanctuary to Rohingya After Grueling Sea Voyage

By Sebastian Strangio
The gesture of humanity casts into stark relief the challenges facing a resolution to the humanitarian emergency in Rakhine State.

ASEAN Kicks Off Cluster of Virtual Summits
September 09, 2020

ASEAN Kicks Off Cluster of Virtual Summits

By Sebastian Strangio
COVID-19 recovery and escalating US-China tensions are expected to dominate the meetings’ agendas.

Thailand’s Post-Pandemic Dance Between the Major Powers
September 09, 2020

Thailand’s Post-Pandemic Dance Between the Major Powers

By Daniele Carminati
As the threat of COVID-19 fades, Thailand will face tough choices in its regional and international alignments.
Myanmar Soldiers Confess to Rakhine Atrocities
September 09, 2020

Myanmar Soldiers Confess to Rakhine Atrocities

By Sebastian Strangio
The graphic videotaped admissions mark a step towards international accountability – but there is a long way to go.

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