Southeast Asia

Christian Caryl

Weren't Buddhists Supposed to Be Pacifists?

Their religion may stress peace, but some Buddhists are showing that they’re entirely capable of violence in the name of faith.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Monks Who Hate Muslims

Buddhist monks have been major instigators of the recent violence against Muslims in Burma.

Francis Wade |

Argument

Why I'm Flying Back to Malaysia to Vote

When absentee voting just isn’t good enough.

Hui Mei Liew Kaiser |

Dispatch

Cramming for That Next Big Test in Democracy

In Burma, members of the pro-democracy opposition are struggling to school themselves in the ins and outs of a liberal society. But so far it's an uphill battle.

Eric Randolph |

Argument

The Enabler

The only way to stop Pyongyang's cycle of brinkmanship and extortion is to address the real problem -- South Korea.

Edward Luttwak |

Argument

Peas in a Rotting Pod

How Kim Jong Un is like Bashar al-Assad, and why being in way over his head could lead to war.

Jack Goldstone |

Profile

The Princess of Reform

Why the daughter of Malaysia’s opposition leader embodies the hopes of the democratic reform movement.

Deborah Loh |

Christian Caryl

The Tip of the Democracy Spear

The U.S. military doesn’t exactly have an unblemished record when it comes to promoting democracy. Is there a way to change that?

Christian Caryl |

Christian Caryl

The Tangled Tale of Malaysia's Dirty Battleground State

How an ex-British prime minister’s sister-in-law, a headhunter’s grandson, dodgy PR firms, and a Malaysian kingpin are colliding in a fight over the future of democracy.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Democracy is in retreat. And there's a surprising culprit.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

There is no Indonesia Model for the Arab Spring

Yes, Muslim-majority Indonesia has made a successful transition to democracy. But no, that doesn’t make it an example for the Arab Spring.

Tom Pepinsky |

Slide Show

Forget the Flowers and Candy

Images from the women's rights rallies that have been taking place around the world this week.

Neha Paliwal |

Argument

Startup Sovereigns

Statehood ain't what it used to be.

Parag Khanna |

Argument

Westward Ho!

As America pivots east, China marches in the other direction.

Yun Sun |

Christian Caryl

The First Lab Results Are In

Democracy Lab is celebrating its first anniversary. Here are some of the things we've learned over the past year -- and where we're headed in year two.

Christian Caryl |

Dispatch

Broken Tooth and New Macau

How China crushed the triad gangs and created the world's new gambling Mecca.

Benjamin Carlson |

Argument

Seizing the Moment

The world’s leading nations are convening a meeting on the fight against corruption. Here’s what they ought to be discussing.

Laurence Cockcroft |

Argument

Has China Lost Myanmar?

As Myanmar’s messy democracy turns to the West, Beijing debates stirring up ethnic tensions to rile the government and maintain its leverage.

Yun Sun |

Argument

Indonesia: Stop Chopping, Start Learning

Indonesia has been coasting on its natural wealth for too long. Now it's time to start investing in the country's people.

Jonathan Pincus |

Christian Caryl

The Year in Unfreedom

An encouraging number of the world's people voted in 2012. But voting does not a democracy make.

Christian Caryl |

The List

Four Surprises That Could Rock Asia in 2013

Are we paying attention to the wrong crises?

Michael Mazza |

The List

Babies Wanted

A look at the 10 countries with the lowest fertility rates in the world.

Elizabeth F. Ralph |

Argument

Dynasty

Why are so many Asian countries run by families?

Isaac Stone Fish |

Argument

Ripe for Rivalry

Has Asia's moment of reckoning finally arrived?

Victor D. Cha |

Argument

India's Ocean

Could New Delhi's growing naval force change the balance of power in the Pacific? 

Dhruva Jaishankar |

Argument

We Were Pirates, Too

Why America was the China of the 19th century. 

Charles R. Morris |

Argument

The Migrant Money Machine

The developed world could make a big difference to the global economy simply by helping migrants to do what comes naturally: send money home.

Peter Passell |

Christian Caryl

Heroes of Retreat, Revisited

We love to celebrate heroic crusaders for human rights. But what about the dictator who decides to surrender his powers?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

The Tale of the Kidnapped Princeling

How critical can the powerful be of the truly powerful in modern China?

John Garnaut |

Argument

Continental Drift

Is Australia breaking with the United States over the pivot to Asia?

Bates Gill |