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COVID-19 outbreaks: the challenge facing the fight against poverty
The COVID-19 pandemic has had manifold impacts on the poor in ASEAN member states. Upping vaccination rates will go a long way, writes Phi Minh Hong.
US challenges in Southeast Asia under Biden
The Biden Administration has reinvigorated its approach towards Southeast Asia. This, however, will be limited by important US priorities and Southeast Asian reluctance to irk Beijing, writes Robert Sutter.
The slow decay of the Malay political establishment
As Malaysia stumbles through another political crisis that could bring down the government any day, Professor James Chin argues the country faces a deeper challenge – the decay of the Malay political establishment. The only way out is power sharing that recognises Malaysia’s reality as a multi-racial, multi-religious society.
Thailand's COVID crisis
At the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Thailand won global praise for the quality of its response. It has since watched a rising caseload overwhelm world-class public health defences. Craig Keating argues that government complacency left the country unprepared for the influx of new, highly-transmissible, virus strains.
Coronavirus compounds Myanmar's coup crisis
Having suffered the depredations of a violent military takeover and a collapse in medical care, the people of Myanmar are now confronted with one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the region. Former ambassador Nicholas Coppel argues that the past record suggests little action can be expected from a military regime that is likely to “callously welcome” the impact of the disease on dampening civil unrest.