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Thailand Prepares to Strike Back Against COVID-19. Will It Be Enough?
June 22, 2021

Thailand Prepares to Strike Back Against COVID-19. Will It Be Enough?

By James Guild
Thailand's ambitious plans for economic reopening are being undermined by the country's sluggish COVID-19 vaccine campaign.

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail
June 22, 2021

Duterte Gives the Philippines a Choice: COVID-19 Jabs or Jail

By Sebastian Strangio
Duterte's threat speaks to the concerns that the country may fail to achieve the widespread coverage required to halt transmission of the virus.
British Foreign Minister Begins 3-Nation Southeast Asian Trip
June 22, 2021

British Foreign Minister Begins 3-Nation Southeast Asian Trip

By Sebastian Strangio
As part of the U.K.’s increasing focus “east of Suez,” Dominic Raab will make stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore.

Life in Hiding: Myanmar’s Civil Disobedience Movement
June 22, 2021

Life in Hiding: Myanmar’s Civil Disobedience Movement

By Robert Bociaga
Despite dwindling funds and constant fear of arrest, most members of the CDM remain adamant that they won't return to work until democracy is restored.

Myanmar Junta Chief Arrives in Russia for Security Conference
June 21, 2021

Myanmar Junta Chief Arrives in Russia for Security Conference

By Sebastian Strangio
The trip came just days after the U.N. called on member states "to prevent the flow of arms into Myanmar.”

Southeast Asia’s Difficult Road Ahead
June 21, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Difficult Road Ahead

By Luke Hunt
A conversation with veteran foreign correspondent Lindsay Murdoch.

Vietnam Formulates Nationwide Code of Conduct for Social Media
June 21, 2021

Vietnam Formulates Nationwide Code of Conduct for Social Media

By Sebastian Strangio
Whether or not it is enforceable, the move hints at Hanoi’s desire for tight control over what its citizens say and do online.
Assessing Prabowo Subianto’s Defense Diplomacy
June 18, 2021

Assessing Prabowo Subianto’s Defense Diplomacy

By Noto Suoneto and Ananta Evander
Nearly two years on from his surprise appointment, how do the efforts of the Indonesian Defense Minister hold up?

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia
June 18, 2021

USAID Cuts Support to Flagship Forest Protection Project in Cambodia

By Sebastian Strangio
The Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary has lost 9 percent of its forest to logging operations since 2016.

The Tatmadaw’s Assault on Healthcare Reform in Myanmar
June 17, 2021

The Tatmadaw’s Assault on Healthcare Reform in Myanmar

By Eustace Jones
“Healthcare is in an immediate crisis. If the coup continues we are heading towards becoming a failed state.”

Why Indonesia Should Abandon its Natural Gas Pricing Regulation
June 17, 2021

Why Indonesia Should Abandon its Natural Gas Pricing Regulation

By Massita Ayu Cindy and Inka B. Yusgiantoro
The costs required to keep domestic natural gas prices low could outweigh the long-term benefits.
Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia
June 17, 2021

Japan Steps Up Its ‘Vaccine Diplomacy’ in Southeast Asia

By Sebastian Strangio
A donation of 1 million jabs to Vietnam could be followed by shipments to Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand.

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