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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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Countering Violent Extremism After Mindanao’s ‘New Dawn’
February 15, 2020

Countering Violent Extremism After Mindanao’s ‘New Dawn’

By Michael Henry Yusingco
A coherent approach to violent extremism is need in the new Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations
February 15, 2020

Coronavirus Takes Its Toll on China-Indonesia Relations

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Dikanaya Tarahita
Indonesia’s travel ban could impact not only economic but political ties between the two countries.

Why More Hun Sen Has Meant Less Progress for Cambodia
February 14, 2020

Why More Hun Sen Has Meant Less Progress for Cambodia

By David Hutt
While Cambodia is certainly better off than it was in the 1990s, progress has slowed as the premier’s rule has continued.

Why Monash Opening a Campus in Indonesia Is a Big Deal
February 14, 2020

Why Monash Opening a Campus in Indonesia Is a Big Deal

By James Guild
The announcement proves Jokowi is serious about opening up previously closed sectors to foreign competition.

Indonesia Won’t Take Back Suspected Islamic State Militants
February 14, 2020

Indonesia Won’t Take Back Suspected Islamic State Militants

By Associated Press
Indonesia's government has banned citizens who joined the Islamic State group in Syria from returning home citing national security concerns.
Myanmar’s Justice System Is Failing Survivors of Sexual Violence 
February 13, 2020

Myanmar’s Justice System Is Failing Survivors of Sexual Violence 

By Wai Wai Nu and Maggi Quadrini
Myanmar's judiciary is driven by stakeholders more interested in protecting perpetrators than victims. 

EU Partially Withdraws Cambodia Trade Deal Amid Rights Concerns  
February 13, 2020

EU Partially Withdraws Cambodia Trade Deal Amid Rights Concerns  

By Andrew Nachemson
After months of speculation, the body has decided on a partial withdrawal of the Everything But Arms deal.
Will Vietnam’s War on Corruption Heat up in 2020?
February 12, 2020

Will Vietnam’s War on Corruption Heat up in 2020?

By Hai Hong Nguyen
During a busy year, the future evolution of Hanoi’s anti-corruption efforts hangs in the balance.

EU Adopts New Vietnam Deals Despite Human Rights Concerns
February 12, 2020

EU Adopts New Vietnam Deals Despite Human Rights Concerns

By Associated Press
Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved the previously negotiated deals in spite of lingering issues.

The Growing Indo-Pacific Dimension in Indonesia-Australia Relations
February 12, 2020

The Growing Indo-Pacific Dimension in Indonesia-Australia Relations

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A recent interaction highlighted the convergences between the two countries in the wider strategic space amid continued challenges and limits.

Military Chief Introductory Visit Spotlights Malaysia-Singapore Defense Ties
February 12, 2020

Military Chief Introductory Visit Spotlights Malaysia-Singapore Defense Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The visit highlighted the ongoing efforts by both sides to continue to advance the defense aspect of collaboration amid wider challenges.
Vietnam Battles Its Coronavirus Challenge
February 11, 2020

Vietnam Battles Its Coronavirus Challenge

By Thoi Nguyen
While the government has taken significant measures to limit the impacts of the coronavirus on the country, it is also operating within limits and realities.

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