Southeast Asia

Argument

Same As It Ever Was

Once again, Malaysia's ruling party turns to outdated sodomy laws to discredit the opposition.

Graeme Reid |

In Other Words

The Reckoning

After decades of censorship, Burma's filmmakers probe their country's dark past.

Francis Wade |

Situation Report

FP's Situation Report: Chaos in Ukraine

Terrorism theory in Malaysia Airlines crash disintegrates; Rock bottom: the relationship between the CIA and the Senate; Sinclair may now get a plea deal; and a bit more.  

Gordon Lubold |

Christian Caryl

The Streets Ain't What They Used to Be

Back in the days of the Arab Spring, optimists predicted a bright future for democratic upheavals around the world. But the reality in places like Ukraine, Venezuela, Turkey, and Thailand is far messier.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Old Habits Die Hard

A crackdown on the press bodes ill for Burma's reforms.

Hanna Hindstrom |

Argument

The Thai Malaise

The current political standoff in Thailand is a symptom of deeper problems that can't be solved by watering down democratic process.

Duncan McCargo |

Report

Big Brother's Burmese Comeback

Why the country George Orwell once skewered is finally embracing its non-native son.

Catherine A. Traywick |

Dispatch

Whispers from the Throne

In Thailand's restive politics, it's the royals who have the power to soothe the country -- or destabilize it.

Steve Finch |

Dispatch

Cambodia's 'Tahrir Square'

Protests against the authoritarian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen are reaching a boiling point.

Christina Larson |

Argument

The Man to Watch

Is Burma's top general maneuvering for a run at the presidency?

Su Mon Thazin Aung |

Report

Putin's Oil Slick

A possible energy deal between Russia and Iran could torpedo U.S. nuclear talks with Iran

Keith Johnson |

Christian Caryl

In 2014, It's Not Just About the Ballot Box

The year ahead will tell us a lot about the state of democracy around the world. But voting is just one part of the story.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Silver Lining: The Year 2013 in Human Rights

For human rights advocates, 2013 brought many grim setbacks. Yet there were still some important signs of progress.

Ken Roth |

Argument

Burma's Senseless Census

Burma's census disregards the complex ethnic identities of its people. Could this breathe new life into sectarian conflict?

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |

Argument

A Cambodian Awakening

The Cambodian opposition is flooding the streets. But success depends on whether it can play politics.

Ellen Bork |

Argument

The Royal Meddler

Why is Thailand's democracy so dysfunctional? Blame the king.

Paul Handley |

Argument

The Linchpin

Why India needs to be at the center of the U.S. pivot to Asia.

Tim Roemer |

Daniel Altman

Lemon Law

How crappy used cars explain the chaos in Thailand and Egypt.

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Ceasefire Capitalism

Why Burma's rebels have every reason to be suspicious of government emissaries talking peace.

Francis Wade |

Dispatch

Thailand's War of Attrition

As the government and opposition forces take to the streets, an exiled billionaire waits in the wings, and battle lines are drawn.

Steve Finch |

Argument

No More Easy Wars

America is resurrecting the same strategy that failed in Iraq -- and ground troops will pay the price.

Scott Gerber |

Dispatch

The Listener-In-Chief

On the road with Burma's reformist president.

Gwen Robinson |

Argument

Why Is China Giving the Philippines the Cold Shoulder?

Embroiled in a nasty legal fight over the South China Sea, Beijing is putting Manila on notice -- even in the midst of tragedy.

David Bosco |

Argument

Pirate Droves

How to deal with ransom on the high seas.

Adm. James Stavridis, USN (Ret) |

Christian Caryl

Eulogy for a Quiet Revolutionary

What today’s activists can learn from the life and times of the heroic Polish politician who passed away earlier this week.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

Trick or Treat

A look at Indonesia's horrifying masked monkey trade.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Peer Pressure

The British Commonwealth is stirring up unaccustomed controversy -- and that's a good thing.

Christian Caryl |

The List

Tempest in a Teacup

Five reasons why canceling Obama's Asia trip is no big deal.

Michael Auslin |

Christian Caryl

What My Daughter Deserves

The United Nations wants us to make life better for girls. It's a worthy aim. But what does that mean in practice?

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Nonessential

Has Obama given up on the Asia pivot?

Alex N. Wong |