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Why Vietnam’s Escalating Anti-Corruption Campaign Might Backfire

Why Vietnam’s Escalating Anti-Corruption Campaign Might Backfire

By Mai Truong
By drawing public attention to high-level graft, the "blazing furnace" campaign could inadvertently prompt more searching questions about the nature of communist rule.

Cambodia’s CPP Claims Lopsided Victory in Senate Elections

Cambodia’s CPP Claims Lopsided Victory in Senate Elections

By Sebastian Strangio
The foreordained result is the latest development in the generational transition that peaked with last year's handover of power from Hun Sen to his son Hun Manet.
Controversial Billionaire and Malaysian State Leader Is Laid to Rest

Controversial Billionaire and Malaysian State Leader Is Laid to Rest

By Luke Hunt
The Bruno Manser Fund wants Taib Mahmud's assets and bank accounts frozen.

Indonesia and Australia Move Toward ‘Significant’ Security Agreement

Indonesia and Australia Move Toward ‘Significant’ Security Agreement

By Andi Jatmiko and Niniek Karmini
The announcement followed talks between Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles and his Indonesian counterpart Prabowo Subianto.

Malaysia, Indonesia Denounce Israeli Occupation During ICJ Proceedings

Malaysia, Indonesia Denounce Israeli Occupation During ICJ Proceedings

By Sebastian Strangio
The two nations' foreign ministers addressed the body during an advisory proceeding examining Israel's post-1967 occupation of Palestinian territories.

Thaksin and Move Forward: Downplaying Their Problems?

Thaksin and Move Forward: Downplaying Their Problems?

By Tita Sanglee
The controversial release of the former prime minister has presented the progressive MFP with a political opportunity.

The Philippines’ Transparency Over the South China Sea: Quo Vadis?

The Philippines’ Transparency Over the South China Sea: Quo Vadis?

By Huynh Tam Sang
Manila's transparency strategy needs to go beyond “name and shame” campaigns.
Malaysia’s Court System Struggles With the Rise of State-Level Theocracy

Malaysia’s Court System Struggles With the Rise of State-Level Theocracy

By Aizat Shamsuddin
A recent Federal Court ruling has highlighted the tension between the Federal Constitution and Sharia laws passed by conservative state legislatures.

Indonesia to Require Digital Platforms to Pay for Media Content, President Says

Indonesia to Require Digital Platforms to Pay for Media Content, President Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The policy is the latest instance in which Jakarta has flexed its regulatory muscles against the big foreign tech firms.

Cambodia Gears Up For Low-Stakes Senate Election

Cambodia Gears Up For Low-Stakes Senate Election

By Sebastian Strangio
The ruling CPP is set to sweep most of the seats, after which it is expected to appoint former Prime Minister Hun Sen as the body's president.

Indonesia Announces New Tax Incentives to Encourage EV Sales

Indonesia Announces New Tax Incentives to Encourage EV Sales

By Sebastian Strangio
The latest announcement reflects the Indonesian government’s desire to stay at the forefront of the region's EV production race.
Corruption in Malaysia: The No Shame Game

Corruption in Malaysia: The No Shame Game

By Sophie Lemière
From prison, disgraced former Prime Minister Najib Razak is plotting an unlikely political comeback. Don't rule it out.

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