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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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Singapore’s Foreign Interference Challenge in the Spotlight
October 01, 2019

Singapore’s Foreign Interference Challenge in the Spotlight

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The country continues to mull ways to counter a challenge that has been receiving wider international attention over the past few years.
Indonesia: Street Protests Resume Over New Law
September 30, 2019

Indonesia: Street Protests Resume Over New Law

By Associated Press
Indonesian students resumed protests against a new law they say has crippled the country's anti-corruption agency

Commissioning Ceremony Highlights Philippine Maritime Capabilities
September 30, 2019

Commissioning Ceremony Highlights Philippine Maritime Capabilities

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The event put into focus some of the developments in the Southeast Asian state’s arsenal.

Is Vietnam’s Trong Still Going Strong?
September 27, 2019

Is Vietnam’s Trong Still Going Strong?

By David Hutt
The state of the president and communist party chief’s health could have major implications for Vietnamese politics.

A New Cambodia-EAEU Trade Deal?
September 27, 2019

A New Cambodia-EAEU Trade Deal?

By Luke Hunt
A closer look at a potential development that has been getting more attention of late.
Safkar Indopura Bilateral Army Exercise Highlights Indonesia-Singapore Military Ties
September 27, 2019

Safkar Indopura Bilateral Army Exercise Highlights Indonesia-Singapore Military Ties

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The drills highlighted some of the ongoing activity in bilateral defense relations.

Death Toll Climbs in Indonesia’s Papua Protests
September 26, 2019

Death Toll Climbs in Indonesia’s Papua Protests

By Associated Press
The death toll from violent protests in Indonesia's restive Papua province has risen yet again.
Introductory Army Chief Trip Puts Brunei-Philippines Military Ties Into Focus
September 24, 2019

Introductory Army Chief Trip Puts Brunei-Philippines Military Ties Into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The development highlighted aspects of security ties between the two Southeast Asian states.

China-Thailand Submarine Deal in the Headlines with Keel-Laying Ceremony
September 23, 2019

China-Thailand Submarine Deal in the Headlines with Keel-Laying Ceremony

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The development marked another incremental inroad in the agreement.

Is Indonesia Losing Its War on Corruption Under Jokowi?
September 20, 2019

Is Indonesia Losing Its War on Corruption Under Jokowi?

By Erin Cook
Recent developments have heightened concerns about the progress on anti-corruption in the country.

Did Cambodia Just Make a U-Turn on Gambling?
September 19, 2019

Did Cambodia Just Make a U-Turn on Gambling?

By David Hutt
A recent move warrants attention given the government’s previous positions.
Can Contested Carbon Offsets Save Southeast Asia’s Forests?
September 18, 2019

Can Contested Carbon Offsets Save Southeast Asia’s Forests?

By Preeti Jha
A closer look at a key component of the region's fight against the climate crisis.

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