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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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The Mekong Dimension of South Korea’s New Southern Policy with ASEAN
September 11, 2019

The Mekong Dimension of South Korea’s New Southern Policy with ASEAN

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The Moon administration is upping its focus on Mekong countries as part of its wider approach to Southeast Asia.
Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Cambodia Return Bring People Power Or Something Else?
September 11, 2019

Will Sam Rainsy’s Promised Cambodia Return Bring People Power Or Something Else?

By David Hutt
Despite the opposition figure’s optimistic assessment, the outlook following his possible return to Cambodia remains unclear.

What Lies Ahead for Philippines-Turkey Defense Relations?
September 10, 2019

What Lies Ahead for Philippines-Turkey Defense Relations?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Both sides continue to highlight the promise for this aspect of bilateral ties in spite of the limitations that remain.

What Did the 2019 ASEAN Air Force Chiefs Conference Achieve?
September 09, 2019

What Did the 2019 ASEAN Air Force Chiefs Conference Achieve?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The meeting spotlighted one aspect of ongoing efforts to advance defense collaboration in this realm.

What Does Thailand’s New Defense Budget Say About its Future Military Outlook?
September 07, 2019

What Does Thailand’s New Defense Budget Say About its Future Military Outlook?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of the new budget numbers for the country.
Timor-Leste: Between Dreadful Past and Hopeful Future
September 06, 2019

Timor-Leste: Between Dreadful Past and Hopeful Future

By Luke Hunt
20 years after the holding of a UN-backed referendum, there remains much work to do in Timor-Leste.

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?
September 06, 2019

Are Laos’ Land-Linking Dreams a Risky Bet?

By Fabio Figiaconi
The Lao government aspires to gain centrality in the Greater Mekong Subregion via new infrastructure; but at what price?
Duterte’s Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results
September 05, 2019

Duterte’s Fifth China Visit: Heavy on Promise, Light on Results

By Erin Cook
Duterte’s latest trip to China did little to ease concerns about his approach to Beijing.

Duterte Fires Philippines Prison Chief
September 05, 2019

Duterte Fires Philippines Prison Chief

By Jim Gomez
The president fired the government’s top prison official amid outcry over a mass prisoner release.

What’s Next for Kem Sokha and Cambodia’s Opposition?
September 04, 2019

What’s Next for Kem Sokha and Cambodia’s Opposition?

By David Hutt
The anniversary of the Cambodian opposition leader’s detention this week raises questions about his future.

Tracing Indonesia’s Counterterrorism Measures Since the 2002 Bali Bombings
September 04, 2019

Tracing Indonesia’s Counterterrorism Measures Since the 2002 Bali Bombings

By Kathrin Rucktäschel and Christoph Schuck
Indonesia’s current focus on reactive, and in a narrow sense preventive, measures for fighting terrorism can only offer short-term success.
What’s Next for Russia-Malaysia Security Collaboration?
September 03, 2019

What’s Next for Russia-Malaysia Security Collaboration?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A look at ongoing efforts by both sides to make inroads in the defense realm despite the challenges that remain.

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