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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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Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative
September 10, 2020

Post-EBA, Cambodia Needs to Jettison its ‘Double Standard’ Narrative

By Kimkong Heng
Harping on the EU's 'unfair' withdrawal of trade preferences will do nothing to address the serious challenges facing the country.
Aceh Offers Sanctuary to Rohingya After Grueling Sea Voyage
September 10, 2020

Aceh Offers Sanctuary to Rohingya After Grueling Sea Voyage

By Sebastian Strangio
The gesture of humanity casts into stark relief the challenges facing a resolution to the humanitarian emergency in Rakhine State.

ASEAN Kicks Off Cluster of Virtual Summits
September 09, 2020

ASEAN Kicks Off Cluster of Virtual Summits

By Sebastian Strangio
COVID-19 recovery and escalating US-China tensions are expected to dominate the meetings’ agendas.

Thailand’s Post-Pandemic Dance Between the Major Powers
September 09, 2020

Thailand’s Post-Pandemic Dance Between the Major Powers

By Daniele Carminati
As the threat of COVID-19 fades, Thailand will face tough choices in its regional and international alignments.

Myanmar Soldiers Confess to Rakhine Atrocities
September 09, 2020

Myanmar Soldiers Confess to Rakhine Atrocities

By Sebastian Strangio
The graphic videotaped admissions mark a step towards international accountability – but there is a long way to go.
In the Philippines, a Marine’s Pardon Stirs Anger Over US Privilege
September 08, 2020

In the Philippines, a Marine’s Pardon Stirs Anger Over US Privilege

By Sebastian Strangio
Both the pardon, and the reactions it has engendered, encapsulate the country's conflicted attitude toward its former colonial master.

Myanmar Election Campaign Opens Under the Shadow of COVID-19
September 08, 2020

Myanmar Election Campaign Opens Under the Shadow of COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The virus is likely to have unpredictable impacts on the poll, Myanmar's second free election since its transition from military rule.
Vietnam’s Antigraft Campaign Snares Another High-Ranking Victim
September 07, 2020

Vietnam’s Antigraft Campaign Snares Another High-Ranking Victim

By Sebastian Strangio
But there is more to the country’s long-running anticorruption purge than meets the eye.

The Strategic Significance of Vietnam-US Oil and Gas Cooperation
September 07, 2020

The Strategic Significance of Vietnam-US Oil and Gas Cooperation

By Le Hong Hiep
Partnering with American firms would shrink Vietnam's trade surplus with the US—and help Hanoi hold the line in the South China Sea.

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden
September 07, 2020

Laos Stumbles Under Rising Chinese Debt Burden

By Sebastian Strangio
Its economy battered by COVID-19, the nation's sovereign reserves have fallen to less than $1 billion, putting it on the brink of default.

Duterte Eyes Former Investigation Chief to Lead Embattled Health Insurance Agency
September 05, 2020

Duterte Eyes Former Investigation Chief to Lead Embattled Health Insurance Agency

By Nick Aspinwall
Dante Gierran has been nominated to lead PhilHealth, under fire for numerous corruption allegations, despite having no experience in the public health sector.
Cambodia Succession Plan Hinges on Party Princelings
September 04, 2020

Cambodia Succession Plan Hinges on Party Princelings

By David Hutt
A handover of power from long-serving Hun Sen to his eldest son will require a broader generational transition with the ruling CPP.

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