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"Takeaways from the Inaugural ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX)" by Tang Siew Mun and Glenn Ong

2019/80, 1 October 2019 In the first two years of the Trump administration, the US Department of Defense has been the torchbearer for maintaining America’s presence and profile in Southeast Asia, compensating for the less visible aspects of US diplomacy. One of the manifestations of the US military – in…
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"Students Protest Against the Weakening of Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)" by Max Lane

2019/79, 24 September 2019On 23 September, large student demonstrations took place in cities and towns in Indonesia. In some cities, including Jakarta, more demonstrations were planned for 24 September. In most cases, the demonstrations were orderly, with clashes resulting in injuries only in Bandung. (In Papua on the same day,…
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“The Myanmar Military’s Latest Attack on Foreign Minister Daw Aung San Suu Kyi?” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/78, 23 September 2019 On 17 September 2019, 144 military members of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw, the Union Parliament of Myanmar, submitted a bill on constitutional amendment calculated to disqualify Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from continuing to hold the post of foreign minister. More importantly, the bill aims to produce…
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"Forest Fire and Haze Problems Return: Government Needs to Reform its Approach" by Aninda Dewayanti and Siwage Dharma Negara

2019/77, 20 September 2019 Once more Indonesia and its neighbouring countries in Southeast Asia are suffering from haze, stemming from peatland forest fires in Sumatra and Kalimantan islands. For Indonesia, this is a problem that repeats annually. This year's haze may have been the worst since 2015; in this instance,…
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“More Serious Drama outside the Thai Parliament on 18 September” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/76, 13 September 2019 Thailand’s House of Representatives is likely to witness commotion and the release of a considerable volume of hot air on 18 September. Its members will on that date hold a general debate on Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s omission of a required sentence pledging to uphold…
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“All Eyes on the Thai Parliamentary Debate: A Road to Nowhere” by Sihasak Phuangketkeow

2019/75, 12 September 2019After just two months in office, the government of Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha faces its first major political challenge. Parliament will convene next week, on Wednesday 18 September, for a general debate. The date itself has been arrived at only after much tussling between the…
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"ASEAN-US Naval Manoeuvers all About Geopolitical Manoeuvring" by Ian Storey

2019/74, 11 September 2019 The ASEAN-US Maritime Exercise (AUMX) from the 2nd to the 6th September was designed to hone the seaborne interdiction skills of participating navies. It also presented an opportunity for the US, China and Southeast Asia to advance their geopolitical agendas. AUMX took place 11 months after…
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"Southeast Asia’s Growing US Market" by Malcolm Cook

2019/73, 4 September 2019 The reality of Southeast Asia’s trade relations with the US is much better than the dour conventional wisdom and Trump-inspired headlines portray. The prevailing conventional wisdom, often presented as truth, is that the US, the world’s largest market, is a declining trade partner for most Southeast…
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“Changing Separatist Struggle in Thailand’s Deep South?” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/72, 29 August 2019 The robbery of a gold shop in Na Thawi District of the Southern Thai province of Songkhla on 24 August 2019 looked like a well-planned heist, carried out by professionals.
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“Even Facebook Gears Up for the 2020 General Elections in Myanmar” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/70, 23 August 2019 On 21 August 2019, social media giant Facebook claimed that it was ‘preparing for the 2020 General Election’ in Myanmar. For Facebook users and groups in Myanmar, this message had great significance. As the most popular social media platform in the country, Facebook is essentially the…
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