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Entitled “Voices from the Region”, ISIS Focus 13 examines the experiences of ASEAN in its fight against COVID-19. This includes the re-evaluation of existing systems, the ensuing policy responses to the pandemic and their implications, as well as the challenges that still remain in Vietnam as ASEAN Chair, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. Two articles, in particular, comment on possible post-pandemic trends within the realms of domestic and regional security, and education. While the previous Special Editions delved into the Malaysian experience, this issue concludes with a previously published Quicktake, an infographic on steps towards the easing of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and its transition strategy.


A New Abnormal: Rethinking Security amid COVID-19 

Three trajectories require our attention as countries across the globe grapple with the coronavirus, writes Elina Noor 

Repairing Fault Lines Revealed by COVID-19 

This pandemic is an opportunity for ASEAN to make significant changes. Jessica Wau highlights 

Has the Pandemic Disrupted Vietnam’s Chairmanship of ASEAN? 

As ASEAN Chair, Vietnam has shown a high level of responsiveness to lead the Association in these trying times. Nguyen Vu Tung states 

Navigating Through the Storm: What Does COVID-19 Mean for Indonesia’s Regional Agenda? 

Andrew W Mantong considers how Indonesia’s regional and global position could be affected by the pandemic 

The Philippines and the “New Normal” 

The “new normal” demands fundamental changes from the Philippines, remarks Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby 

Thailand’s COVID-19 Crisis and Prospects 

The coronavirus is more likely to be a crisis within various crises that beset Thailand, according to Thitinan Pongsudhirak 

Cambodia’s COVID-19 Responses: Preventive and Responsive Measures 

Charadine Pich looks at Cambodia’s national policies and regional efforts to curb the spread of the virus 

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Laos 

The measures put in place by the Lao Government to tackle the coronavirus have resulted in positive and negative impacts. Ekto Vongphakdy explains 

Myanmar: The COVID-19 Situation Report 

How effective is the Naypyitaw in managing the COVID-19 crisis? By Shwe Yee Oo 

Teaching in the Age of the “New Normal” 

Conventional methods of teaching and learning are shifting and may transform entirely in a post-pandemic world. Farish Noor illustrates 

Steps Towards Easing of MCO 

Zarina Zainuddin, Puteri Nor Ariane Yasmin and Muhammad Sinatra assess how Malaysia should transition from its Movement Control Order (MCO) period 

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