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ASEAN Must Get Its Act Together on Myanmar

As its international prestige and diplomatic relevance are thrown into question, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) must show the world it can rein in the rogue member state in its pack.

When the Armed Forces of Myanmar (or Burma, depending on where you stand) staged a coup d’état against the country’s freshly elected government in February last year, the initial response from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was muted.

  • Le Dong Hai Nguyen
  • The National Interest

While the West quickly condemned the junta, most Southeast Asian nations described this as an “internal affair” and embraced a hands-off approach.

This was not unexpected, given that…

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