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"What does Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo’s Release Mean for Myanmar?" by Moe Thuzar

2019/40, 8 May 2019 Recent developments in Myanmar continue to attract international attention. The latest is the release of two Reuters journalists – Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo – who had been arrested in December 2017 and sentenced to seven years in prison under the 1923 Official Secrets Act.…
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"Philippines-China Déjà Vu" by Malcolm Cook

2019/39, 3 May 2019 Current Philippine-China relations have a strong sense of deja vu. The trajectory of Philippine-China relations to the mid-point of the Duterte administration is similar to that from 2000 to the 2007 mid-term elections under the Macapagal Arroyo administration. If the trajectory of Philippine-China relations in the…
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"Why does Vietnam Shy Away from Huawei’s 5G Technologies?" by Le Hong Hiep

2019/38, 2 May 2019 On 25 April 2019, Viettel – Vietnam’s largest mobile carrier – announced that it had successfully completed the trial of a fifth-generation (5G) broadcast station in Hanoi with the speed of 600 – 700Mbps, reportedly on par with the speed of Verizon’s 5G network in the…
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“Change Awaits Vietnam’s Leadership” by Ha Hoang Hop and Lye Liang Fook

2019/37, 29 April 2019 Vietnam’s Secretary General and President Nguyen Phu Trong did not meet visiting US Senator Patrick Leahy in Hanoi in April 2019 (which he had met on previous occasions) and skipped his participation at the 2019 Belt and Road Forum in Beijing (instead Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan…
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"The Final Presidential Debate: Will Jokowi Win the Economic Referendum?" by Siwage Dharma Negara

2019/36, 15 April 2019On Saturday, 13 April 2019, the Indonesian presidential and vice-presidential candidates, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo-Ma’ruf Amin and Prabowo Subianto-Sandiaga Uno, engaged in a final televised debate on the themes of economics and social welfare, finance and investment, and trade and industry. Arguably, this debate demonstrated a more substantive…
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"The Fourth Debate for Indonesia’s Presidential Election 2019: Who’s a True Defender of the Nation?" by Budi Irawanto

2019/35, 3 April 2019 The incumbent president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo and challenger Prabowo Subianto re-matched in the fourth televised presidential debate on 30 March 2019. Tackling the highly political issues of ideology, governance, national defence and security, and foreign affairs, the televised debate was expected to show the candidates’ vision…
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“Religious Outbidding in Elections in Myanmar and in Indonesia” by Nyi Nyi Kyaw

2019/34, 3 April 2019 Religion as a potent identity marker is increasingly prone to use, misuse or abuse in elections in Southeast Asia — as witnessed in the legislative elections in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar in November 2015 and now in the campaign for the presidential elections in predominantly Muslim Indonesia…
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“It’s a Political Marathon, not a 100-metre Dash” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/33, 29 March 2019 The Phuea Thai Party’s 27 March announcement that it will form a seven-party coalition with at least 255 seats in the lower house of the Thai parliament, the House of Representatives, is at best a small moral victory for the so-called “democratic alliance” that the party…
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“Coalition Scenarios in Thailand after the Polls” by Termsak Chalermpalanupap

2019/32, 22 March 2019 None of the three strongest parties contesting Sunday’s general elections in Thailand will be able to win a majority of the seats in the 500-member House of Representatives. And yet, because the premiership is at stake, none of them wants to play second fiddle to either…
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“Thailand’s 2019 Elections: Regime Change or Prolonging Junta Rule?” by Prajak Kongkirati

2019/31, 20 March 2019 On 24 March 2019, Thailand will hold its first national elections in eight years. These polls come half a decade after the 2014 military coup that ushered in the longest period of Army rule in Bangkok since the 1970s. The elections are taking place against the…
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