Southeast Asia

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 |

Daniel Altman

The Great Asian Sell-Off

Why are investors suddenly fleeing markets in South and Southeast Asia?

Daniel Altman |

Argument

Red Tide

Just how strong is China's navy, really?

James Holmes |

Dispatch

Rumble in the Jungle

Can anyone unseat Hun Sen's dictatorship by democracy in Cambodia?

Michael Sainsbury |

Lab Report

The Contenders

In Burma, the struggle for power is entering a risky new phase.

Gwen Robinson |

Lab Report

Reporters with Borders

Burmese journalists are enjoying their newfound freedoms. But there are still plenty of limits to how far they can go.

Francis Wade |

Lab Report

The Military's Still in Charge

Why reform in Burma is only skin-deep.

Bertil Lintner |

Christian Caryl

Blood in the Streets

Massacring unarmed protestors is more common than you might think -- and governments often get away with it.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Has Foggy Bottom Forgotten Asia?

Yes, Mr. Secretary, we get that you want to fix the Middle East. But remember that whole 'pivot' thing?

Ely Ratner |

Daniel Altman

Time for the Little Guys to Bloc Up

When it comes to trade, there's an easy way for small nations to compete.

Daniel Altman |

The List

Myanmar's Moment?

Eight reasons to be optimistic about Southeast Asia's rising tiger. 

Heang Chhor |