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A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Unemployment and Informality in Southeast Asia During COVID
January 19, 2021

A Crisis Waiting to Happen: Unemployment and Informality in Southeast Asia During COVID

By Deepali Khanna, Pitchanuch Supavanich, Nicola Nixon, Geoffrey Ducanes 
The pandemic has laid bare the weak foundations of Southeast Asian labor systems, particularly when it comes to informal workers.
Low Rates Are Pushing US Capital Into Southeast Asia. What Happens When Rates Go Up?
January 19, 2021

Low Rates Are Pushing US Capital Into Southeast Asia. What Happens When Rates Go Up?

By James Guild
For emerging markets, foreign capital inflows can spur growth – but they are also a potential source of volatility.

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Boondoggle
December 14, 2020

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Boondoggle

By David Hutt
The tycoon-funded vaccine drive demonstrates the durability of the patronage state that Hun Sen has built since the 1980s. It also reveals its weaknesses.

Manila Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, but Leaves Many Filipinos Out
November 26, 2020

Manila Announces COVID-19 Vaccination Plan, but Leaves Many Filipinos Out

By Nick Aspinwall
The Philippines aims vaccinate 60 to 70 million people over the next few years, falling short of an earlier promise made by President Duterte.

COVID-19 Recovery Dominates Weekend of Asian Summits
November 16, 2020

COVID-19 Recovery Dominates Weekend of Asian Summits

By Sebastian Strangio
Recovery from the pandemic and its economic effects has become an arena for strategic competition in Southeast Asia.
Southeast Asian Nations Mull ASEAN-Wide Travel Bubble
November 13, 2020

Southeast Asian Nations Mull ASEAN-Wide Travel Bubble

By Sebastian Strangio
The plan marks an important first step back toward normalcy, but the timeline might be overly ambitious.

In Southeast Asia, COVID-19 Speeds Transition to Digital Technologies
November 11, 2020

In Southeast Asia, COVID-19 Speeds Transition to Digital Technologies

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report into the region's digital economy shows the dramatic effects that the pandemic has had on daily life.
Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers
October 30, 2020

Laos Opens Fast-Track Service for Chinese Travelers

By Sebastian Strangio
The announcement is a sign that China will play a central role in Southeast Asia's recovery from the economic downturn of COVID-19.

COVID-19 and the Perils of International Tourism
October 27, 2020

COVID-19 and the Perils of International Tourism

By James Guild
Tourism has been a boon for Southeast Asia, but the pandemic has exposed the region's unhealthy dependence on foreign visitors.

Public Shaming is Terrible, But So Is Poor Journalism
October 19, 2020

Public Shaming is Terrible, But So Is Poor Journalism

By Vu Lam
The online attacks on Vietnam's "Patient 17" were disgraceful, but there is no evidence that her identity was leaked by the Vietnamese government.

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19
October 06, 2020

Amid Political Crisis, Malaysia Braces for Second Wave of COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
As Prime Minister Muhyiddin enters self-quarantine, his nation grapples with a sudden rise in coronavirus infections.
Southeast Asia is Rushing Headlong Toward an ‘Asian Fall’
October 01, 2020

Southeast Asia is Rushing Headlong Toward an ‘Asian Fall’

By Daniel P. Grant
The U.S. government needs to prepare for a rash of political crises, as COVID-19 exposes the region's endemic governance failures.

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