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‘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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Myanmar Junta Releases Infamous Ultranationalist Monk From Prison
September 07, 2021

Myanmar Junta Releases Infamous Ultranationalist Monk From Prison

By Sebastian Strangio
Wirathu is one of several right-wing fringe agitators to have been released since February's coup.
ASEAN’s Myanmar Envoy Negotiating With Junta Over First Country Mission
September 06, 2021

ASEAN’s Myanmar Envoy Negotiating With Junta Over First Country Mission

By Sebastian Strangio
Erywan Yusof is hoping to visit the country before the next ASEAN Summit in late October.

Thai Leader Survives No-Confidence Motion, but Political Liabilities Remain
September 06, 2021

Thai Leader Survives No-Confidence Motion, but Political Liabilities Remain

By Sebastian Strangio
The result was expected, but the former Thai general continues to struggle with a steep legitimacy deficit.

Myanmar’s Opposition Shadow Government to Unveil $700m Budget
September 03, 2021

Myanmar’s Opposition Shadow Government to Unveil $700m Budget

By Sebastian Strangio
Outright victory might be difficult, but anti-coup opposition has enough resources to make life difficult for Myanmar's military junta.

Myanmar’s Coup Has Put Women in Harm’s Way
September 03, 2021

Myanmar’s Coup Has Put Women in Harm’s Way

By Maggi Quadrini
Seven months after the military’s seizure of power, women in Myanmar are facing a rise in threats to their livelihoods and health.
Indonesian Soldiers Killed During Papuan Separatist Raid
September 03, 2021

Indonesian Soldiers Killed During Papuan Separatist Raid

By Sebastian Strangio
The attack, which claimed the lives of four soldiers, was the deadliest to have taken place in the region this year.

Report Illustrates Snap-Freezing of Cambodia’s Online Space
September 02, 2021

Report Illustrates Snap-Freezing of Cambodia’s Online Space

By Sebastian Strangio
Since nearly losing an election in 2013, Prime Minister Hun Sen’s government has taken a range of steps to establish a firm grip on digital communications technologies.
The Curious Case of the New Chinese Ambassador to Thailand
September 02, 2021

The Curious Case of the New Chinese Ambassador to Thailand

By Tita Sanglee
The new envoy's appointment comes amid increased U.S. efforts to contain Chinese influence in mainland Southeast Asia.

Months After Coup, Myanmar Accelerates Toward Surveillance State
September 02, 2021

Months After Coup, Myanmar Accelerates Toward Surveillance State

By Estey Chen
Since the February coup, the country's military government has clamped down on communications technologies.

Vietnam Lost Public Buy-in. Its COVID-19 Struggles Followed.
September 01, 2021

Vietnam Lost Public Buy-in. Its COVID-19 Struggles Followed.

By Le Vinh Trien and Kris Hartley
Collaborative governance and facilitative leadership will help Vietnam win its battle against COVID-19.

Chinese High-Speed Rail Network Reaches Myanmar’s Border
September 01, 2021

Chinese High-Speed Rail Network Reaches Myanmar’s Border

By Sebastian Strangio
The opening of the Chengdu-Lincang line will further mainland Southeast Asia's historic reorientation toward the north.
An Italian Job in Myanmar
September 01, 2021

An Italian Job in Myanmar

By Luke Hunt
The EIA report finds Italian companies continue illicit teak trade with Myanmar

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