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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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Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister
November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.
What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election
November 23, 2020

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election

By Mong Palatino
Lesson #1: Stinging international rebukes over human rights abuses do not necessarily translate into fewer votes.

Could Vietnam Really Shut Down Facebook?
November 23, 2020

Could Vietnam Really Shut Down Facebook?

By Sebastian Strangio
Reports of recent threats notwithstanding, such a move would invite massive blowback from the public.

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian
November 23, 2020

In Southeast Asia, Press Freedom Takes a Turn for the Orwellian

By David Hutt
Increasingly, journalists are being prosecuted not for publishing falsehoods – but for the potential consequences of their reporting.

In Malaysia, a Gargantuan Chinese-Backed Development Bites the Dust
November 19, 2020

In Malaysia, a Gargantuan Chinese-Backed Development Bites the Dust

By Sebastian Strangio
The Melaka Gateway project has languished since the 2018 election, when large Chinese investments came under close scrutiny.
Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow
November 18, 2020

Joe Biden’s Cambodian Sideshow

By Luke Hunt
On the cusp of the Biden administration, U.S. lawmakers are calling for fresh sanctions on Cambodia's government.

Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change
November 18, 2020

Thai Protesters, Police Clash as MPs Mull Charter Change

By Associated Press
The parliamentary session is Prime Minister Prayut's way of seizing the initiative after months of anti-government protesters.
UN Official Denounces ‘Circular Pattern’ of Repression in Cambodia
November 18, 2020

UN Official Denounces ‘Circular Pattern’ of Repression in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many past statements of concern, the U.N. comments are likely to fall on deaf ears in Phnom Penh.

Donald Trump’s Prabowo Delusion
November 17, 2020

Donald Trump’s Prabowo Delusion

By James Guild
Donald Trump's refusal to concede echoes the aftermath of Indonesia's last election. But there are some crucial differences, too.

Thai Lawmakers Debate Demands for Constitutional Changes
November 17, 2020

Thai Lawmakers Debate Demands for Constitutional Changes

By Associated Press
The government of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is hoping to defuse protesters' calls for far-reaching reform.

Indonesia’s Quixotic Bid to Host the 2032 Olympics
November 17, 2020

Indonesia’s Quixotic Bid to Host the 2032 Olympics

By Sebastian Strangio
There is the question of Indonesia's bid can succeed. Then there's the question of whether it would be a good thing.
How Will Myanmar’s Election Affect Its Foreign Policy?
November 17, 2020

How Will Myanmar’s Election Affect Its Foreign Policy?

By Sebastian Strangio
The coming five-year term is likely to see a continuity of aims within more constrained parameters.

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