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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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The Self-Defeating Nature of Thailand’s ‘Soft Power’ Push

The Self-Defeating Nature of Thailand’s ‘Soft Power’ Push

By Mark S. Cogan
A genuine flowering of popular culture would inevitably showcase the repressive nature of the Thai state.
What Indonesia’s Election Result Means For the Ruling PDI-P

What Indonesia’s Election Result Means For the Ruling PDI-P

By Virdika Rizky Utama
Cast into opposition for the first time in two decades, the PDI-P has a critical role to play as a check on the incoming administration's power.

Philippines Deploys Warship to Palawan Island, Facing South China Sea

Philippines Deploys Warship to Palawan Island, Facing South China Sea

By Sebastian Strangio
The deployment follows a string of stand-offs between Chinese and Philippine vessels in the disputed seaway.

Indonesia’s President Congratulates Successor-elect Following Decisive Victory

Indonesia’s President Congratulates Successor-elect Following Decisive Victory

By Sebastian Strangio
The election of Prabowo Subianto bears a striking resemblance to the comeback victory of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in 2022.

Who is Prabowo Subianto, the Ex-General Who is Indonesia’s Next President?

Who is Prabowo Subianto, the Ex-General Who is Indonesia’s Next President?

By Victoria Milko
The ex-general's ascent to the presidency of Southeast Asia's most populous nation crowns a long and controversial career.
Southeast Asia’s Taiwan Scenario Stakes Go Far Beyond US-China Competition

Southeast Asia’s Taiwan Scenario Stakes Go Far Beyond US-China Competition

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Apart from what Beijing or Washington might do or want, future contingencies could include a wide range of actions and responses by regional states.

Thai Activists Arrested After Royal Motorcade Confrontation

Thai Activists Arrested After Royal Motorcade Confrontation

By Sebastian Strangio
The charges follow an incident over the weekend in which monarchy reform activists and ultra-royalists engaged in a public brawl in Bangkok.
Why Cambodia Needs to Incorporate More Women Into Its Foreign Policy Process

Why Cambodia Needs to Incorporate More Women Into Its Foreign Policy Process

By Thong Sariputta
The country and the region would benefit from women's greater involvement in diplomacy and foreign affairs.

Prabowo Subianto Claims Victory in Indonesian Presidential Election

Prabowo Subianto Claims Victory in Indonesian Presidential Election

By Sebastian Strangio
With unofficial results pointing to a landslide victory, attention turns to how the former special forces commander plans to govern.

Defense Minister Prabowo Holds Strong Lead in Early Counts of Indonesia’s Presidential Race

Defense Minister Prabowo Holds Strong Lead in Early Counts of Indonesia’s Presidential Race

By Niniek Karmini and Edna Tarigan
The unofficial quick count results have the former general on track to avoid a run-off in the three-way race for president.

What Thaksin Shinawatra’s Parole Says About Thai Politics

What Thaksin Shinawatra’s Parole Says About Thai Politics

By Sebastian Strangio
The detained former PM's persecution and rehabilitation have both reflected the use of the country's administrative and legal system for political ends.
Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

Why Vietnam Cannot Copy the Philippines’ China Policy

By Khang Vu
The country's awkward geographic position with China militates against it adopting a strong pro-U.S. orientation.

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