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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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Malaysian Ex-PM Najib Ordered to Enter Defense in 1MDB Case
November 11, 2019

Malaysian Ex-PM Najib Ordered to Enter Defense in 1MDB Case

By Associated Press
Defense lawyers said Najib was shocked he wasn’t acquitted.
People’s Power: Anti-Dam Movements in Southeast Asia
November 08, 2019

People’s Power: Anti-Dam Movements in Southeast Asia

By Wora Suk
Communities in Thailand and beyond are learning to organize to demand that dam construction consider their rights.

How Will Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Play Out?
November 08, 2019

How Will Vietnam’s 2020 ASEAN Chairmanship Play Out?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Vietnam faces a full plate of opportunities and challenges during its chairmanship of the regional grouping.

Sam Rainsy Return Hype Ripples Across ASEAN
November 07, 2019

Sam Rainsy Return Hype Ripples Across ASEAN

By Luke Hunt
Even though the opposition leader’s return to Cambodia itself may be unlikely, his loudly trumpeted voyage has sparked headlines across the region.

Cambodia Opposition Return Hits New Thailand Roadblock
November 06, 2019

Cambodia Opposition Return Hits New Thailand Roadblock

By Associated Press
Plans by self-exiled leaders took a hit this week with an announcement by Thailand’s premier.
Thailand Defense Industry Ambition in the Headlines With Technology Transfer Prioritization
November 06, 2019

Thailand Defense Industry Ambition in the Headlines With Technology Transfer Prioritization

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The development reinforces the government’s determination to make inroads despite the challenges that confront it.

Drug Czar Post Offer the Latest Test for Duterte-Robredo Ties in the Philippines
November 05, 2019

Drug Czar Post Offer the Latest Test for Duterte-Robredo Ties in the Philippines

By Erin Cook
The long-brewing war between the president and the vice-president continues to play out within Philippine politics.
Is This the Twilight of Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum?
November 04, 2019

Is This the Twilight of Indonesia’s Global Maritime Fulcrum?

By Muhammad Habib Abiyan Dzakwan
The widespread pessimism that Jokowi has lost his maritime focus is overblown.

Defense Policy Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-Australia Security Ties
November 04, 2019

Defense Policy Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-Australia Security Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The engagement highlighted the ongoing collaboration between them in the security realm.

Singapore Maritime Security Response in Focus with Exercise Highcrest  
November 01, 2019

Singapore Maritime Security Response in Focus with Exercise Highcrest  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The latest iteration of the interagency exercise spotlighted the Southeast Asian state’s ongoing attention to the issue and its evolving approach.

What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?
October 31, 2019

What Happens After a Cambodia Opposition Party Comeback?

By David Hutt
A look at a range of scenarios that could follow a significant potential development.
Myanmar Court Gives Actors 1-Year Jail Term for Satire
October 31, 2019

Myanmar Court Gives Actors 1-Year Jail Term for Satire

By Associated Press
Myanmar's troubled record on free speech continues.

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