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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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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.

South China Sea: The Disputes and Southeast Asia’s Culture of International Law
October 22, 2019

South China Sea: The Disputes and Southeast Asia’s Culture of International Law

By Pham Ngoc Minh Trang
Disputes in the South China Sea are not as complicated as they may seem.

Terrorism Threat Looms Over Indonesia as Attention Shifts to Jokowi’s Second Term
October 18, 2019

Terrorism Threat Looms Over Indonesia as Attention Shifts to Jokowi’s Second Term

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While the president has a range of priorities for his remaining time in office, terrorism remains a challenge for the country.
Vietnam Bans Animated Movie Over South China Sea Map
October 17, 2019

Vietnam Bans Animated Movie Over South China Sea Map

By Associated Press
The country has pulled the film “Abominable’ from theaters because the movie shows a map supporting China’s South China Sea claims.

What’s Next for ASEAN’s Regional Security Hotline?
October 15, 2019

What’s Next for ASEAN’s Regional Security Hotline?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While challenges remain, Southeast Asian states are continuing to develop the ASEAN Direct Communications Infrastructure both among themselves and with partner countries.
Getting Digital IDs Right in Southeast Asia
October 12, 2019

Getting Digital IDs Right in Southeast Asia

By Nabila Hassan
Countries in Southeast Asia are racing to implement digital IDs, but governments must proceed with caution.

The Young Activists Fighting Southeast Asia’s Climate Crisis
October 11, 2019

The Young Activists Fighting Southeast Asia’s Climate Crisis

By Preeti Jha
From Yangon to Manila, young people are demanding their governments take immediate action on global warming.

Confronting Southeast Asia’s Big Education Challenge
October 10, 2019

Confronting Southeast Asia’s Big Education Challenge

By David Hutt
Regional countries have yet to confront serious remaining problems in their education systems.

The Trouble with the New Anti-Subversion Act Push for the Philippines
October 09, 2019

The Trouble with the New Anti-Subversion Act Push for the Philippines

By Luke Lischin
The push for a new move bears noting within the Duterte administration's broader approach to managing security issues.
What Does Duterte’s Valdai Speech Mean for Philippine Foreign Policy? 
October 09, 2019

What Does Duterte’s Valdai Speech Mean for Philippine Foreign Policy? 

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Duterte is keen on transforming the Philippines’ international relations.

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