The Myanmar government has shut down internet access in Rakhine State for over a week. Critics say the military may be using the blackout as cover to commit atrocities and warn of new authoritarian tactics and abuse of power.
At a time of heightened nationalism, Thailand needs to double down on promoting harmony between religions.
As the two global superpowers go head-to-head over trade, the two leaders’ rhetoric reveals underlying currents at play.
Responses to the US-China trade war were front and centre at the three-day meeting in Bangkok. Contentious issues such as the South China Sea dispute and the Rohingya crisis also received attention, but longstanding policies of non-interference limit regional action.
ASEAN governments know they have a plastic problem. At this week’s ASEAN summit, environmental groups are calling for a commitment to stop importing plastic waste and limit production of single-use plastics.
Since the 2014 coup, female political representation in Thailand has suffered. Why are women underrepresented in Thai politics? And can Thailand increase its female participation without comprising the quality of its democracy?
In 1967, few expected ASEAN to succeed. The bloc’s ability to put aside the differences of member states has been its greatest asset. It needs to remember this when addressing new challenges.
Laos borrowed heavily from China to finance key infrastructure and development projects. Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith claims the debts are manageable. Is he right?
A leaked ASEAN report ignores risks to Rohingya and violence in Rakhine, showing that plans for repatriation will need to be driven by refugees themselves.
Prayut Chan-o-cha gets the official nod as Prime Minister for another four years. The military’s proxy party will likely finish its term, but the opposition has a responsibility to lay the groundwork for true democracy.