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June 20, 2019

Southeast Asia
Previewing This Weekend’s ASEAN Summit

The summit this weekend of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), held in Bangkok, will probably be less contentious than some of the ASEAN summits earlier this decade, when t…

ASEAN leaders gather for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore November 13, 2018.

June 25, 2019

Southeast Asia
Making Sense of the ASEAN Summit

Last weekend’s Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held in Bangkok, yielded several notable accomplishments. But several of the announced breakthroughs actually contain less than m…

ASEAN leaders shake hands on stage during the opening ceremony of the 34th ASEAN Summit at the Athenee Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand June 23, 2019

June 14, 2019

Southeast Asia
What is Prayuth’s Agenda?

Earlier this month, the retired general who led a military coup in Thailand five years ago, Prayuth Chan-ocha, was formally confirmed as prime minister by King Vajiralongkorn, after parliament unsurp…

Prayuth Chan-ocha speakers to reporters after royal endorsement ceremony appointing him prime minister

June 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Do the Australian Elections Mean for Canberra’s Policies Toward Indonesia and the Rest of Southeast Asia?

In elections last month, Australia’s Liberal-National coalition won a surprising victory, defying pollsters who had almost uniformly predicted that the Australian Labor Party would triumph. The coali…

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June 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Prayuth Stays on as Prime Minister: What Does That Mean for Thailand?

In March, Thai voters cast their ballots in the country’s first election since a military coup in 2014. After months of waiting, a prime minister was finally chosen on Wednesday—Prayuth Chan-ocha, th…

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May 28, 2019

Southeast Asia
After Jokowi’s Victory

With the final results out of the Indonesian presidential elections, incumbent President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, has won a sizable victory over challenger Prabowo Subianto, with Jokowi taking 55.5 pe…

Jokowi_5.21.2019

May 28, 2019

Southeast Asia
Prem Tinsulanonda’s Legacy—and the Failures of Thai Politics Today

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick General Prem Tinsulanonda, the former army chief, long-time prime minister (1980–1988), and head of the palace’s Privy Council, passed away on May …

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May 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Implications of Duterte’s Midterm Victory

Although in his first three years in office President Rodrigo Duterte has proven divisive internationally, this week’s midterm elections show that he retains enormous power over Philippine politics. …

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April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Anti-junta Coalition Has a Weak Hand—and It’s Going to Get Weaker

Although it has been more than a month since Thailand’s elections, the actual outcome remains uncertain. The final count of seats in the lower house of parliament is still unclear, since the election…

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May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

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