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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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Inside China’s Belt and Road Tangle
September 01, 2020

Inside China’s Belt and Road Tangle

By Sebastian Strangio
Far from being a strategic masterplan, the BRI is a chaotic enterprise that contains the seeds of its own negation.
Has Thailand’s Monarchy Got What it Takes to Endure?
September 01, 2020

Has Thailand’s Monarchy Got What it Takes to Endure?

By Sebastian Strangio
The throne’s sacred aura has faded under the reign of the vain and unstable King Vajiralongkorn.

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines
August 31, 2020

Duterte’s Rejection of Calls for ‘Revolutionary Government’ Met With Doubt in the Philippines

By Nick Aspinwall
The president said he was unfamiliar with a group calling to install him as head of a new government, despite video showing him at the group’s convention in 2018.

Evolution of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Control Over the Military
August 29, 2020

Evolution of the Communist Party of Vietnam’s Control Over the Military

By Bich T. Tran
Over the last three decades, the CPV has gradually institutionalized its control over the armed forces.

The Future of Myanmar’s Peace Process: Same Old Challenges or New Progress?
August 28, 2020

The Future of Myanmar’s Peace Process: Same Old Challenges or New Progress?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the deeper dynamics in one of Asia’s most protracted conflicts and what lies ahead.
Pandemics, Politics, and Principles: Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia in a Time of Crisis
August 27, 2020

Pandemics, Politics, and Principles: Business and Human Rights in Southeast Asia in a Time of Crisis

By Andrew Rosser, Kate Macdonald and Ken Setiawan
Despite obstacles, the business and human rights agenda has gained some traction in the region.

COVID-19 and Terrorism in the Southern Philippines: More Trouble Ahead
August 26, 2020

COVID-19 and Terrorism in the Southern Philippines: More Trouble Ahead

By Jasminder Singh and Muhammad Haziq Jani
The Jolo city bombing is just the latest evidence that the Philippines needs a new approach to its terrorism problem.
How Facebook Is Complicit in Myanmar’s Attacks on Minorities
August 25, 2020

How Facebook Is Complicit in Myanmar’s Attacks on Minorities

By Angshuman Choudhury
Facebook faces accusations of favoring a majoritarian regime in Myanmar.

To Avoid Overdependence on China, Cambodia Needs to Build Its Relations With India
August 21, 2020

To Avoid Overdependence on China, Cambodia Needs to Build Its Relations With India

By Bunna Vann and Kimkong Heng
Cambodia has to bring in the Indian card to balance China’s economic and geopolitical influence in Cambodia as well as in Southeast Asia.

What Does the Israel-UAE Agreement Mean for Indonesia?
August 20, 2020

What Does the Israel-UAE Agreement Mean for Indonesia?

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat and Mohamad Rezky Utama
The world’s most populous Muslim-majority state will have watched the “Abraham Accords” closely.

Indigenous Activists in Myanmar Clash With UN Over Proposed Park
August 19, 2020

Indigenous Activists in Myanmar Clash With UN Over Proposed Park

By Associated Press
The proposed park, intended for conservation, could displace residents of 225 villages and disrupt their largely agrarian lifestyle.
The Dark Memory of 1976 Hangs Over Thailand’s Student Activists
August 19, 2020

The Dark Memory of 1976 Hangs Over Thailand’s Student Activists

By Jake Black
The 1976 Thammasat massacre serves as a horrific reminder of what can happen to those who criticize Thailand’s monarchy.

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