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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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August 31, 2019

Middle Powers, Joining Together: The Case of Vietnam and Australia

By Le Dinh Tinh and Hoang Long
Middles powers need each other more, not less, as great power competition roils the Asia-Pacific.
August 29, 2019

Myanmar: Filmmaker Jailing Highlights Rising Rights Concerns

By Associated Press
The case comes amid growing worries about a deteriorating rights situation in the Southeast Asian country.

August 29, 2019

Australia in ASEAN: An Ever-Floating Idea Without a Clear Case?

By Luke Hunt
While the idea has been advanced for years in certain circles, it remains unclear what this would actually achieve.

August 29, 2019

Timor-Leste: Why Water Is More Important Than Oil

By Christopher Ryan
Despite progress on other development metrics, Timor-Leste has under-invested in access to clean water.

August 28, 2019

Southeast Asia Must Confront its Illegal Tiger Problem

By Preeti Jha
A new report raises fresh concerns about the impact of tiger breeding centers on the illegal tiger trade.
August 28, 2019

The Truth About Cambodia’s So-Called Corruption Crackdown

By David Hutt
Efforts to root out corruption in the country are likely to run once again into familiar realities.

August 27, 2019

What’s in the Malaysia Palm Oil Defense Countertrade Chatter?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country’s defense minister has once again suggested the idea as an option in its defense policy.
August 27, 2019

The New Thai Government’s Troubles Are Just Beginning

By Ashu Agarwal
A party defects from Thailand’s ruling coalition, leaving Prime Minister Prayut with a razor-thin majority.

August 27, 2019

Goodbye Jakarta, Hello Borneo: Indonesia Announces Plan to Move Capital

By Niniek Karmini
The announcement capped off longtime discussion about a potential capital shift.

August 23, 2019

Vietnam Seeks Australia’s Support on the South China Sea

By Du Nhat Dang
Scott Morrison's visit will mesh with Vietnam's strategy of seeking assurances over its maritime disputes with China.

August 23, 2019

What Lies Ahead for Singapore’s Succession Dynamics?

By Erin Cook
This year’s iteration of the prime minister’s National Day Rally speech was scrutinized for a sense of the country’s political future.
August 23, 2019

What’s in Thailand’s New Military Space Center Launch?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The launch of the facility has highlighted the Southeast Asian state’s effort to develop its space capabilities.

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