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In Malaysia, a Political Stalwart Bows Out
November 25, 2022

In Malaysia, a Political Stalwart Bows Out

By Sophie Lemière
At last week's election, the extraordinary, six-decade-long political journey of Mahathir Mohamad reached its quiet terminus.

Sworn in, Anwar Gets to Work as Malaysia’s Prime Minister
November 25, 2022

Sworn in, Anwar Gets to Work as Malaysia’s Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
Anwar said he would submit his government to a vote of confidence on December 19.
Can Anwar Ibrahim Bring Stability Back to Malaysian Politics?
November 25, 2022

Can Anwar Ibrahim Bring Stability Back to Malaysian Politics?

By Sebastian Strangio
While the November 19 election resulted in a victory for his multi-ethnic Pakatan Harapan bloc, the forces of conservative Malay nationalism have perhaps never been stronger.

The Reality of Vietnam’s Energy Transition
November 25, 2022

The Reality of Vietnam’s Energy Transition

By Kathryn Neville
The country has emerged as a regional leader in renewables, but some thorny challenges lie ahead.

Why Southeast Asia Needs to Establish an ASEAN Cancer Center
November 25, 2022

Why Southeast Asia Needs to Establish an ASEAN Cancer Center

By Molika Heng
With the disease on the rise in the region, a dedicated transnational institution would reduce the cost of cancer treatments for those most in need.

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris
November 25, 2022

Philippines Seeks Explanation From China Over Seizure of Rocket Debris

By Sebastian Strangio
The incident close to the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island was just the latest between the two nations in the disputed South China Sea.

Reformist Leader Anwar Named Prime Minister of Malaysia
November 24, 2022

Reformist Leader Anwar Named Prime Minister of Malaysia

By Eileen Ng
In naming the longtime opposition figure, the monarch called for an end to the political turmoil that has seen Malaysia led by three prime ministers since 2018.
The Rationale Behind the US-ASEAN Electric Vehicle Initiative
November 24, 2022

The Rationale Behind the US-ASEAN Electric Vehicle Initiative

By Xirui Li
The Biden administration has announced its intention to compete more vigorously with China for Southeast Asia's EV market.

Australia’s ANZ Bank Exits Myanmar Due to Post-Coup Turmoil
November 24, 2022

Australia’s ANZ Bank Exits Myanmar Due to Post-Coup Turmoil

By Sebastian Strangio
The bank, which was awarded a banking license in Myanmar in 2014, said it was withdrawing due to the country's "increasing operational complexity."

Thai Drug Legalization Advocates Fight Growing Marijuana Backlash
November 24, 2022

Thai Drug Legalization Advocates Fight Growing Marijuana Backlash

By Sebastian Strangio
In June, the country became the first in Asia to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes. But a booming recreational market has prompted a sharp backlash.

The Precarious State of the Mekong
November 24, 2022

The Precarious State of the Mekong

By Nicholas Muller
Prolonged stress on the Lower Mekong Basin is reaching an ecological tipping point, threatening millions of livelihoods.
Malaysia’s Democratization Poses New Challenges to China’s BRI Projects
November 23, 2022

Malaysia’s Democratization Poses New Challenges to China’s BRI Projects

By Imran Shamsunahar
Elites' growing need for democratic legitimization is impacting the fate of a slew of large-scale Chinese projects.

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