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Indonesia-Middle East Relations Set to Bloom Under Prabowo

Indonesia-Middle East Relations Set to Bloom Under Prabowo

By Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat
The former general, who spent time in voluntary exile in Jordan, is poised to build on the progress made by President Joko Widodo.

Thailand to Ban Recreational Marijuana Use By Year’s End, Minister Says

Thailand to Ban Recreational Marijuana Use By Year’s End, Minister Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The move comes less than two years after the Thai government became the first Southeast Asian country to legalize the cultivation and consumption of marijuana.
What to Expect From the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

What to Expect From the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit

By Sebastian Strangio
The March 4-6 summit seeks to build on the progress that has taken place in ASEAN-Australia relations under Prime Minister Albanese's Labor government.

Is China Committing Environmental Crimes in the South China Sea?

Is China Committing Environmental Crimes in the South China Sea?

John McManus, a professor at the Rosenstiel School of the University of Miami, discusses the environmental damage to the South China Sea, China's role, and the chances for an ecological recovery.

Australia-Philippines Strategic Partnership in the Spotlight as Marcos Addresses Australian Parliament

Australia-Philippines Strategic Partnership in the Spotlight as Marcos Addresses Australian Parliament

By Grant Wyeth
Central to Marcos’ speech – and to growing Australia-Philippines ties – are concerns about China’s behavior in the South China Sea. 

Watching Human Rights in Southeast Asia

Watching Human Rights in Southeast Asia

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch ahead of the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit.

Indonesia’s Jokowi Confers Honorary Promotion On Likely Successor

Indonesia’s Jokowi Confers Honorary Promotion On Likely Successor

By Sebastian Strangio
The promotion of Prabowo Subianto to the rank of four-star general has drawn further attention to his controversial military career under Suharto's New Order regime.
Philippine Lawmaker Demands Answers From Singapore Over Reported Taylor Swift Deal

Philippine Lawmaker Demands Answers From Singapore Over Reported Taylor Swift Deal

By Sebastian Strangio
Rep. Joey Salceda claims that Singapore's alleged exclusivity arrangement with the pop icon's promoter "runs contrary" to ASEAN's consensus-based relations.

The Case For Greater ASEAN Defense Industry Collaborations

The Case For Greater ASEAN Defense Industry Collaborations

By Muhammad Fauzan Malufti
Southeast Asian governments can no longer rely on their traditional arms suppliers. It's time for them to take matters into their own hands.

Where Have All the Mekong River’s Fish Gone?

Where Have All the Mekong River’s Fish Gone?

By Tom Fawthrop
Policymakers have clung to the fiction that damage to fish populations from hydropower projects can be avoided – with devastating consequences.

Malaysia to Sign Free Trade Pact with UAE in June, Official Says

Malaysia to Sign Free Trade Pact with UAE in June, Official Says

By Sebastian Strangio
The country is on track to becoming the fifth nation, and the third in Southeast Asia, to sign a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Abu Dhabi.
Indonesia’s Long and Winding Road to OECD Membership

Indonesia’s Long and Winding Road to OECD Membership

By Sebastian Strangio
The 38-nation grouping has agreed to begin accession talks with Jakarta. Now comes the hard part.

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