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As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.
Understanding Vietnam’s Military Modernization Efforts
November 25, 2020

Understanding Vietnam’s Military Modernization Efforts

By Bich Tran
The country's armed forces have come a long way since the years following the Vietnam War.

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty
November 25, 2020

Explaining Southeast Asia’s Addiction to the Death Penalty

By Sebastian Strangio
The region remains a global outlier in terms of the use of capital punishment.

Can COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy in Southeast Asia be Reversed?
November 25, 2020

Can COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy in Southeast Asia be Reversed?

By Joshua Kurlantzick
As authoritarian leaders in many Southeast Asian countries use the pandemic to consolidate their hold, what needs to be done to buck the trend?

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality
November 25, 2020

Trump, Biden, and the Obstacles to ASEAN Neutrality

By Laura Southgate
In an era of growing superpower competition, ASEAN will face stiff challenges to its autonomy and neutrality.
Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone
November 24, 2020

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone

By Sebastian Strangio
The country exceeded 500,000 cases right as international researchers were moving closer to an effective vaccine.

Indonesia’s Sovereign Request Fund
November 24, 2020

Indonesia’s Sovereign Request Fund

By James Guild
Indonesia's ambitious plans for a sovereign wealth fund have raised more questions than they have answered.
Senior US Official Seeks to Shore up Vital Southeast Asian Partnerships
November 24, 2020

Senior US Official Seeks to Shore up Vital Southeast Asian Partnerships

By Sebastian Strangio
Robert O'Brien's visit was intended to send a message of diplomatic continuity during the fraught transition from Trump to Biden.

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force
November 24, 2020

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force

By Sebastian Strangio
"It’s not a matter of whether or not the existing power structures start to give way: it’s just a question of when."

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister
November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.

Malaysia in China’s Belt and Road
November 23, 2020

Malaysia in China’s Belt and Road

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Chow Bing Ngeow.
Philippines Close to Indo-Russian Cruise Missile Purchase: Reports
November 23, 2020

Philippines Close to Indo-Russian Cruise Missile Purchase: Reports

By Sebastian Strangio
The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile would give Manila a potent deterrent to Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.

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