The 21st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit was hosted in Phnom Penh from November 15 to 20. 17 world leaders attended, including US President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, and Indian PM Manmohan Singh.
For journalists, covering the Summit was a nightmare—access to meetings was extremely limited and official reports were frustratingly sanitized. Whenever delegates deigned to speak to the press, violent scrums ensued. My report on ASEAN’s mad media circus will be featured in December’s Southeast Asia Globe. In the meantime, enjoy these glimpses of pomp and circumstance: