_Ashley S. Westerman

Southeast Asia Stories

_Reporting On Southeast Asia


Myanmar's Coup Will Be 'Painful' For Already Struggling Economy, Analysts Say

Myanmar Election: Suu Kyi's Party Poised For 2nd Term

Bangladesh Sends 28 Rohingya Refugees To Cyclone-Prone Island Over COVID-19 Fears

Amid Renewed Violence In Myanmar's Rakhine State, Arakan Army Returns To Spotlight

Insurgents Kill 7 Myanmar Security Forces In Independence Day Attack

U.S. Won't Label Atrocities Against Rohingya 'Genocide'

BOOKS: The 'Shadowlands' Of Southeast Asia's Illicit Networks: Meth, Dancing Queens And More

U.N., Myanmar Sign Framework For 'Voluntary, Safe' Return Of Rohingya Refugees

U.S. Holocaust Museum Rescinds Human Rights Award From Aung San Suu Kyi

Bill Richardson: 'Aung San Suu Kyi Needs To Start Listening'

Breakdown Of Talks In Myanmar Prompts High-Profile Negotiator's Resignation

Rohingya Activist: 'Rohingya Are Not Safe Anywhere'

OPINION/COMMENTARY: Can You Still Have Hope When Life Seems Hopeless?

Long-Persecuted Rohingya Find Refuge, But Not Acceptance, In Bangladesh

Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Describe Military Tactic Of Systematic Rape

Rohingya Families Flee Persecution And Suffering In Myanmar For Bangladesh


Last living member of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge remine tries to overturn genocide, war crimes charges

'He Will Be A Happier Elephant': Vet Describes What It Was Like To Rescue Kaavan

Cambodian Oppositions Leaders Say Their Efforts To Return Have Been Thwarted

U.S. Deports Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants, Some For Decades-Old Crimes

'Democracy For Cambodia Is At Stake' As Country Heads Into Elections

'Fear Is Something Constant,' Says Daughter Of Jailed Cambodian Opposition Leader

Cambodia Daily Newspaper To Close After 24 Years

In Cambodia, A Crackdown On Independent Media Threatens A Respected Daily

U.S. Deports The Latest Group Of Cambodian Immigrants (Editor)


Indonesia bans coal exports for first few weeks of 2022

Indonesia struggles as it becomes the world's largest COVID hot spot

Indonesia Now Has The Most Confirmed COVID-19 Cases In Southeast Asia

Monsoon Rains Hit Indonesia Causing Massive Flooding In Jakarta

Violence Follows Pro-Independence Protests In Indonesia's Papua Region

Meet Voice Of Baceprot, The All-Girl Metal Band Making Waves In Indonesia


With 19 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths, Laos To Loosen Lockdown

'A Million Elephants' No More: Conservationists In Laos Rush To Save An Icon

In Laos, A Chinese-Funded Railway Sparks Hope For Growth — And Fears Of Debt

What China's Belt And Road Means For Elephants In Laos


New prime mininster takes office in Malaysia as COVID rages

This teen's TikTok video takes on Malaysia's toxic culture of misogyny

2 Goldman Sachs Bankers Charged In Malaysian Financial Scandal

Pompeo Arrives In Malaysia After A Former Ruler Makes A Surprising Comeback

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Charged In Corruption Scandal

In Election Upset, Malaysia's Mahathir Returns To Power After 15 Years


Political dynasties at place in 2022 Philippines presidential election

A star-studded list of candidates files for president in the Philippines

The Philippine president announces he's retiring, but is he?

Philippine president reverses threat to void long-standing defense deal with the US

The Homesick EMTs Of Manila Say A Patient's Smile Makes It All Worthwhile

To Build Up Tourism, Philippines Loosens Pandemic Restrictions For Filipinos

In The Philippines, Keeping Non-Coronavirus Patients Out Of Hospitals May Be Crucial

Human rights activists hope international court will help end Duterte's deadly war on drugs in the Philippines

Thousands In The Philippines Have Died In War On Drugs -- Body Cams May Change Things

Filipinos hesitant about getting COVID jab after dengue fever vaccine debacle

Do People Need To Know Which COVID-19 Vaccine They're Getting? One Country Says No

Over 120,00 People Remain Displaced 3 Years After Philippines' Marawi Battle

Philippines Journalist Maria Ressa: 'Journalism Is Activism'

Journalist's Arrest In Philippines Sparks Demonstrations, Fears Of Wider Crackdown

A Push To Modernize Philippine Transport Threatens The Beloved Jeepney

Martial Law Extended For Another Year In Southern Philippines

Philippines' Duterte Is A Divisive Figure, Even Abroad

ANYLYSIS: How Big A Threat Is Extremism In Southeast Asia?

Duterte Considers Expanding Martial Law In Fight Against ISIS Allies (Editor)

World Immigration Called 'Win-Win' For Rich Nations, And Poor

To Care For U.S. Kids, Filipinas Leave Their Own Behind


What The Ouster Of The Royal Consort May Say About Where Thailand Is Heading


'Fake News' Law Goes Into Effect In Singapore, Worrying Free Speech Advocates


To The Dismay Of Free Speech Advocates, Vietnam Rolls Out Controversial Cyber Law