Southeast Asia

Argument

Some of the News That's Fit to Print

Progress on media freedom is backsliding in Myanmar. Will Obama speak up to save his biggest foreign-policy success?

Suzanne Nossel |

Dispatch

Notes From the Ursine Underworld

While wildlife activists focus on rhinos and elephants, Asia’s bears are succumbing to a poaching problem of their own.

Robert Carmichael |

Argument

Chasing Away the Democracy Blues

Why democracy is worth fighting for -- now more than ever.

Larry Diamond |

Case Studies

For the People, By the People in Indonesia

How one of Southeast Asia's most corrupt countries gave power over funding to its poorest citizens.

Rushda Majeed |

Dispatch

'We Cannot Go Back to Myanmar'

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have been living on the Thai border for decades. Now they may be forced to return to the country they once fled.

Henry Zwartz |

Argument

Torpedoes Don't Kill People. Hanoi Kills People.

Why we shouldn't be selling arms to Vietnam.

John Sifton |

Dispatch

'Being an American Is All She Knew'

Minor infractions are sending Cambodian refugees back to a land they hardly recognize -- and once fled in terror.

Katya Cengel |

Argument

Unhappy Ending

The future is not bright for the leader of Thailand's coup.

Duncan McCargo |

Dispatch

'If You Take Away Land, You Take Away Life'

Cambodia's prime minister made a promise to tackle the country's most nagging social problem. Now his compatriots are taking him at his word.

Christina Larson |

Slide Show

Under Siege in Kachin State

Daily life in Myanmar's ongoing civil conflict.

Diana Markosian via Creative Time Reports |

COLUMN

They Shoot Satellites, Don't They?

China is developing sophisticated hit-to-kill missiles, which is exactly why we need to ban the most dangerous tests of this technology.

Jeffrey Lewis |

Dispatch

'Around Here, People Love Him'

In the Cambodian province where Khmer Rouge leaders came to die, people aren’t celebrating a guilty verdict against two top regime officials. After all, they’re neighbors.

Joe Freeman |

Argument

The One Place Where Washington Can Make a Difference

Burma's democratic transition is running off the rails. Obama and Kerry can help to bring it back on track.

Stephen Gray |

Argument

The Xinjiangistan Connection

With terror attacks on the rise, officials in Beijing are increasingly worried that Pakistan is an incubator of Islamic radicalism across China.

Andrew Small |

Dispatch

Dirty Old Town

In eastern Myanmar, just a stone's throw from the Chinese border, lies a den of drug smuggling, gambling, and vice. 

Sebastian Strangio |

Argument

Cambodia's Long March Toward Democracy

Cambodia has just taken a crucial step toward more participatory politics. But further progress toward democracy is likely to be slow and evolutionary rather than sudden and dramatic.

Peter Bartu |

Dispatch

Myanmar's Last Front

As the conflict in Kachin state wages on, civilians remain caught in the crossfire.

Philip Heijmans |

Argument

Pivot vs. Principles

Thailand’s coup gives the United States a chance to show that it actually cares about human rights and democracy.

Suzanne Nossel |

Dispatch

'Worse than Terrorism'

Inside the thug groups, dirty tactics, and the dark arts that will decide Indonesia's election.

Kate Lamb |

Argument

Still in the Closet

Life isn't easy for Malaysian gays. And it may actually be getting worse.

Lim Li Min |

Argument

When Buddhist Monks Wield Kalashnikovs

In Burma, an ultranationalist Buddhist militia is training to "defend the fatherland" against Rohingya Muslims.

David Brenner |

Argument

The Participation Gap

Why the problem of inequality isn’t just about differences in income.

Devin Stewart |

Argument

Rule the Sea, Build Alliances, and Sweat the Small Stuff

Why Tokyo and Beijing are still fighting a war that began in 1894.

Jim Holmes |

Christian Caryl

False Positive

Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.

Christian Caryl |

Report

Cambodia Sleeps With the Fishes

Southeast Asian countries were teaming up against China -- now they're at each other's throats over water, dams, and fish.

Keith Johnson |

Argument

Thailand Needs to Talk

The latest military coup in Thailand won't ensure real stability unless the country's new rulers address the deeper causes of political conflict.

Daniel Lansberg-Rodríguez |

Argument

The Lady Rallies the Masses Once Again

Aung San Suu Kyi wants to change the Burmese constitution. But will the military really go along?

Min Zin |

Argument

After the Putsch Come the Punches

Why Thailand’s coup is destined to fail.

Duncan McCargo |

Report

Obama's EPA Takes Aim at Dirty Power Plants

The new rules would clean up the energy sector by 2030, but have sparked bipartisan outrage already.

Keith Johnson |