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Myanmar Central Bank Orders Government Agencies to Stop Using Foreign Currencies
May 27, 2022

Myanmar Central Bank Orders Government Agencies to Stop Using Foreign Currencies

By Sebastian Strangio
The move is designed to strengthen further the junta's control of foreign currency flows, amid Myanmar's full-spectrum economic crisis.

In the Philippines, Civil Society Grows Amid Democratic Backsliding
May 27, 2022

In the Philippines, Civil Society Grows Amid Democratic Backsliding

By Ronald Castillo
The vibrant and volunteer election campaign of Vice President Leni Robredo offered some glimmers of hope for the country's democracy.
Philippines’ Marcos Pledges to Uphold Landmark South China Sea Ruling
May 27, 2022

Philippines’ Marcos Pledges to Uphold Landmark South China Sea Ruling

By Sebastian Strangio
The promise came following campaign trail comments advocating a bilateral deal with Beijing over outstanding maritime and territorial disputes.

Thai Mekong Campaigner Awarded Prominent Environmental Prize
May 26, 2022

Thai Mekong Campaigner Awarded Prominent Environmental Prize

By Sebastian Strangio
The efforts of Niwat Roykaew, known commonly as “Khru Ti,” were instrumental in halting a China-led channel deepening project.

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Malaysia’s Domestic Political Turbulence Threatens to Derail its Foreign Policy

By Fikry A. Rahman
Foreign policy begins at home, and the country has experienced nearly unprecedented political instability over the past two years.

Philippines Congress Officially Proclaims Marcos the Country’s Next President
May 26, 2022

Philippines Congress Officially Proclaims Marcos the Country’s Next President

By Sebastian Strangio
The proclamation finalizes the return of the divisive Marcos clan to the heights of Philippine politics.

Marcos Considering Extension of Key US-Philippines Security Pact
May 25, 2022

Marcos Considering Extension of Key US-Philippines Security Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The Philippine President-elect has indicated that he wants good relations with both the United States and China. Whether he can achieve it is another question.
US-ASEAN Special Summit Spotlights Coming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership
May 25, 2022

US-ASEAN Special Summit Spotlights Coming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The pursuit of an elevated partnership provides a valuable opportunity for both sides to shape an updated, shared agenda.

Japan-Trained Myanmar Air Force Officer Took Part in Bombing Raids: Activists
May 25, 2022

Japan-Trained Myanmar Air Force Officer Took Part in Bombing Raids: Activists

By Sebastian Strangio
According to Human Rights Watch and Justice for Myanmar, Lt. Col. Hlwan Moe was hosted by Tokyo's Air Command and Staff College in 2016-17.

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?
May 25, 2022

What are the Implications of the US-ASEAN Summit for Cambodia-US Relations?

By Sokvy Rim
In recent weeks, the Cambodian government has given hints that it is open to an improvement in relations with Washington.

Southeast Asian Nations Roll the Dice on Biden’s Indo-Pacific Framework
May 24, 2022

Southeast Asian Nations Roll the Dice on Biden’s Indo-Pacific Framework

By Sebastian Strangio
The region has thrown its support behind Washington's long-awaited economic engagement plan, even as the specifics remain vague.
At Least 17 Perish as Refugee Boat Capsizes Off Myanmar Coast
May 24, 2022

At Least 17 Perish as Refugee Boat Capsizes Off Myanmar Coast

By Sebastian Strangio
The tragedy is a reminder of the unresolved Rohingya refugee crisis that has been largely eclipsed by the country's post-coup conflict.

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