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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 Bigger Problem Behind Cambodia’s Building Collapses
January 09, 2020

The Bigger Problem Behind Cambodia’s Building Collapses

By David Hutt
The recent spate of incidents raises a broader concern about safety standards in the country.
Indonesia President Visits Natuna Amid China Tensions
January 09, 2020

Indonesia President Visits Natuna Amid China Tensions

By Associated Press
The visit comes amid a strong Indonesian reaction to incursions by Chinese vessels.

What Will a New Philippines Military Chief Mean for the Country’s Security?
January 09, 2020

What Will a New Philippines Military Chief Mean for the Country’s Security?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at what the latest in a series of appointments may mean for the defense realm of the Southeast Asian state.  

Philippines Orders Evacuation of Filipinos from Iraq, Iran
January 08, 2020

Philippines Orders Evacuation of Filipinos from Iraq, Iran

By Associated Press
Manila has dispatched a coast guard vessel to the Middle East to evacuate Philippine citizens.

Deterrence and South China Sea Strategy: What Do the Latest China-Indonesia Natuna Tensions Tell Us?
January 08, 2020

Deterrence and South China Sea Strategy: What Do the Latest China-Indonesia Natuna Tensions Tell Us?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A look at the broader implications of a recent episode for deterrence and the strategies of countries confronting China’s growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.  
Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown in the Headlines with Australian Sentencing
January 08, 2020

Indonesia’s Drug Crackdown in the Headlines with Australian Sentencing

By Associated Press
Two Australian men were sentenced this week for possessing cocaine in Indonesia. The decision has spotlighted the ongoing crackdown on drugs under the Jokowi government.

Strained Myanmar-Bangladesh Security Ties in Focus With Border Conference
January 07, 2020

Strained Myanmar-Bangladesh Security Ties in Focus With Border Conference

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The engagement spotlighted ongoing efforts by both countries to continue to manage a contentious aspect of their relations.
Duterte’s Drug War a Failure, Says Philippines Vice President
January 07, 2020

Duterte’s Drug War a Failure, Says Philippines Vice President

By Associated Press
Leni Robredo issued a scathing critique of the one of the president's most controversial policies.

What’s Behind Malaysia’s North Korea Embassy Reopening Announcement?
January 07, 2020

What’s Behind Malaysia’s North Korea Embassy Reopening Announcement?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the context behind the move as well as its potential significance.

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region
January 04, 2020

Xi’s Upcoming Visit to Myanmar Could Reshape the Indian Ocean Region

By Amara Thiha
With Xi Jinping's visit, China is on the verge of realizing a 10-year plan: gaining a back door to the Indian Ocean.

Malaysia-Iran Relations: Rising Middle East Tensions Risk Complicating Pakatan Harapan’s Foreign Policy Balancing Act
January 04, 2020

Malaysia-Iran Relations: Rising Middle East Tensions Risk Complicating Pakatan Harapan’s Foreign Policy Balancing Act

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The killing of Qassem Soleimani is yet another reminder of the risks of Malaysia playing a more active role in the Middle East.
Thailand Braces for Coming Water Shortages
January 04, 2020

Thailand Braces for Coming Water Shortages

By Associated Press
A top official has warned about serious shortages when the hot season begins in March 2020.

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