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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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Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens
May 11, 2022

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens

By Sebastian Strangio
A plummeting currency, dwindling foreign reserves, and a spike in global oil prices have led to shortages across the country.
No Honeymoon for the Marcos Presidency?
May 11, 2022

No Honeymoon for the Marcos Presidency?

By Mong Palatino
Despite his platform of national "unity," Ferdinand Jr.'s presidency will likely further polarize an already divided society.

Marcos Presidency Complicates US Efforts to Counter China
May 10, 2022

Marcos Presidency Complicates US Efforts to Counter China

By David Rising and Jim Gomez
Marcos has been short on specifics about foreign policy, but in interviews he said he wanted to pursue closer ties with China,

Cambodia Polls Unlikely to be Credible and Transparent, Says Watchdog
May 10, 2022

Cambodia Polls Unlikely to be Credible and Transparent, Says Watchdog

By Sebastian Strangio
The June 5 commune and sangkat elections have been largely pre-scripted by the ruling CPP, but the international response could be something to watch.

Provisional Results Show Landslide Marcos Victory in Philippine Election
May 10, 2022

Provisional Results Show Landslide Marcos Victory in Philippine Election

By Sebastian Strangio
Filipinos have decisively elected another Marcos and another Duterte to the nation’s two highest offices.
Marcos on the Brink of Victory as Filipinos Vote in Presidential Election
May 09, 2022

Marcos on the Brink of Victory as Filipinos Vote in Presidential Election

By Sebastian Strangio
As polling stations open across the country, the dictator's son seems set to be elected the country's 17th president.

Why ASEAN’s ‘Travel Corridor’ Falls Short for the Region’s Migrant Workers
May 06, 2022

Why ASEAN’s ‘Travel Corridor’ Falls Short for the Region’s Migrant Workers

By Thong Sariputta
As the case of Cambodia shows, the bloc’s new framework agreement fails to address the factors driving undocumented migration in Southeast Asia.
Vietnam Protests China’s Imposition of Annual South China Sea Fishing Ban
May 06, 2022

Vietnam Protests China’s Imposition of Annual South China Sea Fishing Ban

By Sebastian Strangio
Hanoi's Foreign Ministry described the May-August moratorium as "a violation of Vietnam’s sovereignty and territorial jurisdiction."

Global NATO Takes Shape Ahead of US-ASEAN Meet
May 05, 2022

Global NATO Takes Shape Ahead of US-ASEAN Meet

By Luke Hunt
Democracies on the edge in Southeast Asia likely face difficult choices in the years to come.

The Tangled Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Post-Coup Myanmar
May 05, 2022

The Tangled Politics of Humanitarian Aid in Post-Coup Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
ASEAN has come under fire over a plan to channel its humanitarian assistance via the country's military junta.

The Significance of the Long-Awaited Bangkok Gubernatorial Election
May 05, 2022

The Significance of the Long-Awaited Bangkok Gubernatorial Election

By Tita Sanglee
The outcome of the May 22 election will offer clues as to how Thais might vote in the next national polls.
World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses
May 05, 2022

World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
Two Cambodian civil society groups claim that "reckless" micro-lending has contributed to a brewing rural debt crisis.

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