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Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?
July 02, 2022

Can India and ASEAN Lean on Each Other Amid ‘Systemic’ China-US Competition?

By Shruti Pandalai
New Delhi, viewed by ASEAN as independent from both the U.S. and China, could help build this strategic trust.

Myanmar Apologizes After Jet Fighter Violated Thai Airspace
July 01, 2022

Myanmar Apologizes After Jet Fighter Violated Thai Airspace

By Sebastian Strangio
The aircraft strayed into Thai airspace on the same day as a Thai military delegation traveled to Naypyidaw for border talks.
What the G-7 Infrastructure Initiative Can Offer Southeast Asia
July 01, 2022

What the G-7 Infrastructure Initiative Can Offer Southeast Asia

By Fikry A. Rahman and Dr. Abdul Razak Ahmad
The Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment will find a receptive audience in the region, but the full scope of the new initiative remains unclear.

Jokowi Says Russia Agrees to Permit Vital Exports From Ukraine
July 01, 2022

Jokowi Says Russia Agrees to Permit Vital Exports From Ukraine

By Sebastian Strangio
According to the Indonesian leader, Vladimir Putin has promised to open a sea route to allow exports of food and fertilizer from Ukraine.

Indonesia Shuts Down Bar Chain Following Blasphemy Controversy
June 30, 2022

Indonesia Shuts Down Bar Chain Following Blasphemy Controversy

By Sebastian Strangio
Blasphemy prosecutions have become more common over the past two decades, undermining Indonesia's reputation as a moderate Islamic state.

Dictator’s Son Marcos Jr. Takes Oath as Philippine President
June 30, 2022

Dictator’s Son Marcos Jr. Takes Oath as Philippine President

By Jim Gomez
The inauguration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. caps off a remarkable 36-year comeback for his controversial family.

As Cyber Threats Grow, Indonesia’s Data Protection Efforts Are Falling Short
June 30, 2022

As Cyber Threats Grow, Indonesia’s Data Protection Efforts Are Falling Short

By Estey Chen
Bureaucratic rivalry and overlapping mandates have prevented the country from pushing ahead with a planned data protection bill.
ASEAN Special Envoy Begins Second Official Mission to Myanmar
June 30, 2022

ASEAN Special Envoy Begins Second Official Mission to Myanmar

By Sebastian Strangio
Prak Sokhonn's five-day visit will involve meetings with regime figures and members of select ethnic armed groups, but significant progress is unlikely.

Marcos Jr. is Steering the Philippines Towards a Foreign Policy Reset
June 29, 2022

Marcos Jr. is Steering the Philippines Towards a Foreign Policy Reset

By Richard Javad Heydarian
The president-elect has sent clear signals that he doesn’t want to be too dependent on the U.S. – nor wind up too cozy with China.

Philippine Authorities Order News Site Rappler to Shut Down
June 29, 2022

Philippine Authorities Order News Site Rappler to Shut Down

By Sebastian Strangio
The news site has published numerous exposes of the Duterte administration's "drug war" and other government abuses.

Report Reveals Inhumane Conditions in Malaysia’s Immigration Detention Centers
June 28, 2022

Report Reveals Inhumane Conditions in Malaysia’s Immigration Detention Centers

By Sebastian Strangio
The Indonesia-based Coalition of Sovereign Migrant Workers claims that 149 people have died in detention facilities over the past 18 months.
ASEAN Envoy Calls for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Solitary Confinement
June 28, 2022

ASEAN Envoy Calls for Release of Aung San Suu Kyi from Solitary Confinement

By Sebastian Strangio
This week, Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn will begin his second official mission to the country as the bloc's special envoy.

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