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Southeast Asia needs to regain its heritage of openness

Globally exposed region has become too inward-looking

| Southeast Asia
Muslims disperse after they were warned by police officers in Kuala Lumpur in May 2020: Malaysia's delicate racial balance is under stress.   © Reuters

Imran Shamsunahar is a freelance writer focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He has previously written for the South China Morning Post, the National Interest and War is Boring.

The rise and fall of civilizations, posits Swedish historian Johan Norberg in his latest book, Open: The Story of Human Progress, is intimately tied to their degree of openness, whether in the form of open exchange, open doors or open societies.

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