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Can China’s Belt and Road Open Up Landlocked Laos?

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As a 420 km high-speed railway nears completion, two Chinese-built highways have been given the green light. Will these projects open up Laos, or make it a crossing point on China’s Belt and Road?

Winds of Change: Vietnam’s Transition from Fossil Fuels to Renewables

Overall view of Dau Tieng Solar Power Project, Vietnam, cc WikiCommons TammyLe, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DAU_TIENG_PROJECT_BIRDSIGHT.jpg

Vietnam is harnessing a grassroots desire for green energy to enact a slow but steady transition away from coal-based electricity generation.

Jettisoning Aung San Suu Kyi Will Be a Mistake for India

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New Delhi risks sacrificing long-term democratic stability in the northeast with its short-sighted appeasement of Myanmar’s Tatmadaw.

The KRI Nanggala Submarine Incident Is a Wakeup Call to Modernize Indonesia’s Navy

150808-N-UN259-193 JAVA SEA (Aug. 8, 2015) The Indonesian submarine KRI Nanggala (402) participates in a photo exercise during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Indonesia 2015. In it’s 21st year, CARAT is an annual, bilateral exercise series with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations including Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Timor-Leste. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alonzo M. Archer/Released), cc Naval Surface Warriors, flickr, modified

The tragedy underscores how the Indonesian Navy is struggling to cover the vast expanses of maritime territory it’s tasked with defending.

New Party, Old Hurdles: Cambodian Opposition Struggles to Bounce Back

Opposition supporters wave national flags of some Western countries who were signatory parties to the 22 year old Paris Peace Agreement, Phnom Penh, Oct 24, 2013. (Heng Reaksmey/VOA Khmer), cc Heng Reaksmey, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&redirs=0&search=cambodia%20CNRP&fulltext=Search&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&title=Special:Search&advanced=1&fulltext=Advanced%20search#/media/File:CNRP_protesters_raise_flags.jpg

Several senior ex-officials of the dissolved CNRP have joined a new party. Yet given Prime Minister Hun Sen’s record of stifling opponents, their chances of electoral success are slim.

Vaccine Shortages in Focus as COVID-19 Surges in Southeast Asia

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Tried and tested containment methods are failing against new COVID variants in Southeast Asia. It’s time for ASEAN to step in and overhaul the regional response.

G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

From Bangkok to Nong Khai: China’s Thai Railway Vision Edges Forward

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Plans for a high-speed rail line from Bangkok to the Laotian border are moving forward after Thailand signed construction contracts for phase one of the project with Chinese state-owned firms.

Will the Makassar Suicide Bombing Spark a New Wave of Terror in Indonesia?

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After a married couple linked to Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD) bombed a Catholic church in Sulawesi, Indonesia is on high alert to prevent repeat attacks by Islamist militants.

Revisiting Washington’s Cold War Victory in Indonesia

President Sukarno, the first leader of Indonesia after it became a republic in 1945, inspects his troops.. cc Flickr Tullio Saba, modiifed, public domain, https://flickr.com/photos/97453745@N02/9324143543/in/photolist-9hk3RZ-dZZMRX-e1ePJa-e16XMA-uWAhSp-7GnjcS-GP6dtR-2er4gbn-e1eKF6-fv6AWQ-e16Szy-e1ySDj-2fQ1UAt-2fQ1Sxk-2fKqbf9-2eChx2N-2fKpZqd-2fKqcMC-2er4g2V-TFLgMj-2h9LUEQ-2h9NDuJ-e172D5-Rp9a8s-TFLj3S-25drPZn-25drV26-TFLgy3-25drU5r-2eChcNs-2fKpPzG-2eChjM7-2eChmpW-25drC2z-2fKpHuA-2fKpYPd-2eChi9N-TFL7Ts-2fKpX1d-25drGya-TFL5Rw-2eChocd-9iBDqK-H3JcYt-cfynYL-2fQ1Gmi-HiFb2u-f8y76x-87LZDR-fcWF2z

Indonesia was “won” by the US bloc during the Cold War, albeit at terrible human cost. Will history repeat itself?

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