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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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What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?
October 31, 2019

What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?

By David Hutt
A look at a range of scenarios that could follow a significant potential development.
Myanmar Court Gives Actors 1-Year Jail Term for Satire
October 31, 2019

Myanmar Court Gives Actors 1-Year Jail Term for Satire

By Associated Press
Myanmar's troubled record on free speech continues.

After Baghdadi’s Death, What’s Next for Southeast Asia’s Terrorism Fight?
October 29, 2019

After Baghdadi’s Death, What’s Next for Southeast Asia’s Terrorism Fight?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While the development is a blow to the Islamic State, the implications for Southeast Asia’s wider struggle against terrorism are less clear.

ASEAN’s China Dilemma
October 29, 2019

ASEAN’s China Dilemma

By Trinh Le
China remains both an economic partner and a threat to the stability of the region.

What’s in the New Russia-Philippines Military Facility Chatter?
October 29, 2019

What’s in the New Russia-Philippines Military Facility Chatter?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at an idea recently advanced within the broader defense relationship.
Brahmos Supersonic Missile Talk Spotlights India-Philippines Defense Cooperation
October 28, 2019

Brahmos Supersonic Missile Talk Spotlights India-Philippines Defense Cooperation

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While specifics remain unclear, the chatter has put the emphasis on a development that could be significant for the bilateral relationship.

Confronting Cambodia’s Waste Management Challenge
October 25, 2019

Confronting Cambodia’s Waste Management Challenge

By David Hutt
The country, especially its capital, has long had a problem with waste that needs to be addressed.
What Does Jokowi’s New Cabinet Mean for Indonesia?
October 24, 2019

What Does Jokowi’s New Cabinet Mean for Indonesia?

By Erin Cook
The lineup offers some early insights on how his second term may shape up.

Why the New China-Singapore Defense Agreement Matters  
October 23, 2019

Why the New China-Singapore Defense Agreement Matters  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though the gains in the new pact may seem modest, they nonetheless deserve attention.

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition
October 22, 2019

Why Foreign Policy Matters to Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

By Hnin Wint Nyunt Hman
In the best-case scenario, Myanmar would be rich like the East and democratic like the West. 

The Significance of the New EU-Vietnam Participation Framework Agreement
October 22, 2019

The Significance of the New EU-Vietnam Participation Framework Agreement

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the impact of a notable development in security ties.
Cambodia-Czech Republic Defense Ties in Focus with Hun Sen’s Europe Tour
October 22, 2019

Cambodia-Czech Republic Defense Ties in Focus with Hun Sen’s Europe Tour

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The security aspect of the relationship was in focus amid the premier’s visit.

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