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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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New Missile-Armed Attack Craft Puts Philippine Military Modernization Into Focus
October 09, 2019

New Missile-Armed Attack Craft Puts Philippine Military Modernization Into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The Philippine Navy looks to be moving forward with more integration of a new missile system into its capabilities.
Assessing Philippine Foreign Policy Under Duterte: Current Realities and Future Outlook
October 09, 2019

Assessing Philippine Foreign Policy Under Duterte: Current Realities and Future Outlook

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at Duterte’s foreign policy record and how things could play out in the coming months and years.

Burgeoning India-Indonesia Relations: Beyond Historical Nostalgia and Toward Strategic Convergence
October 08, 2019

Burgeoning India-Indonesia Relations: Beyond Historical Nostalgia and Toward Strategic Convergence

By Rajeev Ranjan Chaturvedy and Jefferson Ng
The recent activity in bilateral ties indicates a gradual shift toward greater strategic convergence that could be cemented further in years to come.

Malaysia Fines 80 Entities for Alleged 1MDB Payments
October 07, 2019

Malaysia Fines 80 Entities for Alleged 1MDB Payments

By Associated Press
The country’s anti-graft agency has ordered 80 people and groups to pay fines totaling about $100 million.

Defense Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-India Security Ties
October 07, 2019

Defense Dialogue Highlights Vietnam-India Security Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The interaction spotlighted the ongoing activity in the defense aspect of the broader bilateral relationship.
What’s Behind the New US-ASEAN Cyber Dialogue?
October 04, 2019

What’s Behind the New US-ASEAN Cyber Dialogue?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the significance of the holding of a new engagement between the two sides.

Kidnapping in the Sulu Sea: Implications on Terrorism in the Philippines
October 04, 2019

Kidnapping in the Sulu Sea: Implications on Terrorism in the Philippines

By Kenneth Yeo
In the Sulu Seas, kidnap-for-ransom activities perpetrated by Islamic State-linked terrorist networks are on the rise again.
The Macro Challenges in Cambodia’s Microfinance Sector
October 03, 2019

The Macro Challenges in Cambodia’s Microfinance Sector

By David Hutt
A closer look at an alarming trend.

Philippine Official Tweets Order for New Protest Against China
October 03, 2019

Philippine Official Tweets Order for New Protest Against China

By Associated Press
In response to Chinese encroachment in South China Sea, Philippine foreign secretary tweets in all caps order to file a diplomatic protest.

Can Southeast Asia Ditch Coal?
October 02, 2019

Can Southeast Asia Ditch Coal?

By Preeti Jha
Rising anti-coal movements, shifting finances and the growth of renewable energy could help end the region’s reliance on coal.

What Does Malaysia’s New Foreign Policy Framework Mean for Pakatan Harapan’s Approach to the World?
October 02, 2019

What Does Malaysia’s New Foreign Policy Framework Mean for Pakatan Harapan’s Approach to the World?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at what a significant new document means for the country’s foreign policy in the coming months and years.
UK-Indonesia Military Ties in the Headlines with Minister of State Visit
October 01, 2019

UK-Indonesia Military Ties in the Headlines with Minister of State Visit

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The trip highlighted continuing efforts by both sides to make advances in defense collaboration.

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