Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
28 June-4 July 2020

Last week in Southeast Asia, state forces clashed with rebel groups in Myanmar and Thailand. Additionally, the highly controversial Anti-Terrorism Act was signed into law in the Philippines. Protests against the Pancasila Ideology Guidelines persisted in Indonesia. Lastly, coronavirus-related disorder was reported in Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.  While the Myanmar government has announced plans…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
21-27 June 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: intensified fighting in Rakhine state in Myanmar; pro-democracy protests in Thailand; demonstrations by Islamist groups in Indonesia over a proposed bill regarding pancasila guidelines; and ongoing drug-violence in the Philippines. In Myanmar, the first anniversary of the internet shutdown in several townships in Rakhine state and Paletwa…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
14-20 June 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: clashes between the military and Kachin rebels in Myanmar; renewed separatist violence in Thailand; deadly fighting between state forces and communist rebels in the Philippines; demonstrations in Indonesia in response to the sentencing of Papuan activists under treason laws; and a rare protest in Cambodia over the…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
7-13 June 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: ongoing fighting in Myanmar; growing demonstrations over the anti-terrorism bill in the Philippines; increased protests in Thailand over the abduction of an exiled activist; demonstrations in Indonesia ahead of a verdict for detained Papuan activists; and coronavirus-related disorder in several countries. In Myanmar, fighting continued between the…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
17-30 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments over the past two weeks include: clashes in Rakhine and Shan states in Myanmar; ongoing fighting between state forces and communist, as well as Islamist, rebels in the Philippines; separatist violence against civilians in Indonesia; and coronavirus-related demonstrations in the region amid the financial fallout from the pandemic. In Myanmar,…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
10-16 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: a clash in Myanmar in an area covered by the military’s recent unilateral ceasefire announcement; deadly fighting in the Philippines between state forces and communist rebels; and coronavirus related disorder in Indonesia, Thailand, and Cambodia. The conflict between the military and United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA)…

Regional Overview: Southeast Asia
3-9 May 2020

In Southeast Asia, key developments last week include: clashes in Myanmar after rebel-run coronavirus efforts were threatened by the military; a retaliatory attack by separatists against state forces in Thailand; violence in the Bangsamoro region of the Philippines; and coronavirus related events in Thailand and Indonesia. In Myanmar, clashes continued between the Myanmar military and…

Call Unanswered: A Review of Responses to the UN Appeal for a Global Ceasefire

On 23 March, UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for a global coronavirus ceasefire (UN News, 23 March 2019). The truce would allow pandemic responses to be carried out in areas that are usually too dangerous for medical personnel to access due to ongoing conflict, and could also create opportunities for negotiations between belligerents.  Unfortunately, the…

Coronavirus Cover: Myanmar Civilians Under Fire

On the same day the United Nations Secretary-General called for a global ceasefire amid the coronavirus pandemic, the Myanmar military designated the United League of Arakan/Arakan Army (ULA/AA) — an ethnic Rakhine armed group fighting for greater autonomy in Rakhine state — as a “terrorist” group. Authorities then set about detaining journalists and blocking online…