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Can Japan Be a Bridge Between AUKUS and ASEAN?
October 26, 2021

Can Japan Be a Bridge Between AUKUS and ASEAN?

By Rafyoga Jehan Pratama Irsadanar
Positioned on the outside of AUKUS, but with friendly ties will all countries involved, Japan can reassure ASEAN about the new pact.

ASEAN Summit Opens Via Video Link, Minus Myanmar
October 26, 2021

ASEAN Summit Opens Via Video Link, Minus Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Myanmar chose not to send a delegate to the summit after the bloc voted to take coup leader Min Aung Hlaing off the guest list.
Vietnam’s Metro Rail Lines Lumber Toward Completion
October 26, 2021

Vietnam’s Metro Rail Lines Lumber Toward Completion

By James Guild
The travails of the planned metro lines in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City offer useful perspective on the role of Chinese development financing.

Islamic Schools and Girls’ Education in Indonesia: Lessons for the Taliban
October 26, 2021

Islamic Schools and Girls’ Education in Indonesia: Lessons for the Taliban

By M Niaz Asadullah
Indonesia has shown that education based on Islamic precepts is not incompatible with the expansion of education to girls and women.

Cambodia Tweaks Constitution to Block Dual Citizens From Top Posts
October 26, 2021

Cambodia Tweaks Constitution to Block Dual Citizens From Top Posts

By Sebastian Strangio
The move came barely three weeks after an erroneous newspaper report that Prime Minister Hun Sen had purchased Cypriot citizenship.

Myanmar Junta Decries Exclusion of Coup Leader From ASEAN Summit
October 25, 2021

Myanmar Junta Decries Exclusion of Coup Leader From ASEAN Summit

By Sebastian Strangio
After initially appearing to take ASEAN's decision on the chin, the military government has stiffened its position.

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis
October 22, 2021

US Leadership Could Change Course of Myanmar’s Human Rights Crisis

By Carolyn Nash
A U.S.-led coalition that intensifies this pressure could change the course of Myanmar’s protracted human rights disaster. 
Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties
October 22, 2021

Biden’s Nominee for Singapore Ambassador Pledges to Bolster Economic, Security Ties

By Sebastian Strangio
However, tech entrepreneur Jonathan Kaplan's promise to raise press freedom concerns is likely to get a chilly reception.

Malaysian FM Calls for ‘Soul-Searching’ Over ASEAN Non-Interference
October 22, 2021

Malaysian FM Calls for ‘Soul-Searching’ Over ASEAN Non-Interference

By Sebastian Strangio
Saifuddin Abdullah says the Southeast Asian bloc has to fundamentally rethink its approach to the crisis in Myanmar.

Does It Matter If Myanmar’s Junta Leader Is Banned From the ASEAN Summit?
October 22, 2021

Does It Matter If Myanmar’s Junta Leader Is Banned From the ASEAN Summit?

By David Hutt
Despite uninviting Min Aung Hlaing from the summit, it remains unclear whether the Southeast Asian bloc has a longer-term plan.

How Indonesia’s Defense Ministry Has Changed Under Prabowo Subianto
October 22, 2021

How Indonesia’s Defense Ministry Has Changed Under Prabowo Subianto

By Jefferson Ng
Since his appointment in 2019, the former general has strengthened the Ministry's position vis-à-vis the country's powerful military.
Why Cambodia’s Military History Is So Important for National Security
October 22, 2021

Why Cambodia’s Military History Is So Important for National Security

By Youk Chhang
Cambodia’s military history is full of lessons on how (and when) to exercise restraint, patience, and boldness in defending national security.

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