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By Prashanth Parameswaran
October 06, 2016

As ASEAN approaches the commemoration of its 50th anniversary next year, one of the key things to watch will be the organization’s progress in admitting an eleventh member: Timor-Leste. With Dili’s admission gaining traction over the past few years, it is worth looking more closely at the dynamics at play.

Expansion in ASEAN

Endy Bayuni
The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, October 7 2016 | 11:29 am

By Roger Mitton   |   Thursday, 06 October 2016

But many people missed it because they were distracted by more outlandish comments from President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who hogged the headlines by saying he wanted to copy Adolf Hitler.


Jakarta | Sat, September 17 2016 | 04:24 pm

Indonesia has expressed its commitment to staying in ASEAN and contributing more to Southeast Asia’s growth and unity amid current regional challenges and concerns about Indonesia's focus on other international cooperation.


Senate Undercuts Effort to Stop ‘Drug War’ Killing Spree


Jakarta | Mon, September 19 2016 | 09:01 pm

Liza Yosephine

Indonesia is experiencing major challenges in consolidating national plans at provincial and regional levels in order to achieve the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the ASEAN Vision 2025, an official has said.


The 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been hosting a gathering of world leaders this week as the region faces a raft of democratic, human rights and good governance challenges.

Here are the leaders of ASEAN nations and issues surrounding their rule:


Devina Heriyanto | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Mon, September 5 2016 | 09:31 am
Marguerite Afra Sapiie | The Jakarta Post
Jakarta | Fri, September 2 2016 | 10:21 am

4 September 2016 | Author: Mathew Davies, ANU

Vientiane will host the 28th ASEAN Summit this week, with the summit documents rotating around the same themes that ASEAN has been promoting for decades: unity and centrality. The worry, both at the upcoming summit and beyond, is that there is little effort to put substance into these goals.


Friday, 02 September, 2016 | 15:26 WIB

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said the Indonesian government will always support East Timor to become a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).


Paterno Esmaquel II | @paterno_ii
Published 4:11 PM, September 02, 2016
Updated 4:12 PM, September 02, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will explain his controversial war on drugs when he attends his first international summit from September 6 to 8, a Philippine foreign affairs official said.


Jakarta | Mon, August 29 2016 | 08:51 am

The ASEAN human rights commission found serious lack of goodwill to restore the minimum rights of religious freedom in the case of the Indonesian Christian Church (GKI) Yasmin dispute.


By Shalini Bhutani on 30/08/2016

The founders of the Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) – foreign ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, had in 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand created an organisation meant for peace, freedom and prosperity of the region’s people.


Natashya Gutierrez
Published 11:09 AM, August 30, 2016
Updated 1:18 PM, August 30, 2016

MANILA, Philippines – In a gathering in Manila of Southeast Asian journalists, many expressed concern and worry for the growing number of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines since President Rodrigo Duterte came into power.


Nurkholis Hidayat | Jakarta
Tue, August 30 2016 | 07:20 am

Today, we see more enthusiasm for tax reform in Indonesia. Although opposed by some civil society groups, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration continues to push its fiscal framework reform — which includes a tax amnesty and more incentives for taxpayers.

August 29, 2016 8:30PM EDT
Fulfill Pledge to Criminalize Enforced Disappearance

29 Aug 2016
The relatives of former political prisoners who died in custody want recognition for their suffering but the government does not appear to be listening.


ON MAY 1, 2005, U Aung Hlaing Win disappeared from a Chinese restaurant on Yangon’s Insein Road. For more than a week, his family had no idea what had happened to him.

Charles Santiago | Malaysian politician
27 Aug 2016 at 04:00

How did Southeast Asian identities originate? The  legacy of the 19th century continues to shape us more than we think, writes Dr Farish A Noor, host of the new series Inventing Southeast Asia.