Southeast Asia


The Dicey Democrat

How a pillar of the old regime in Burma is working to prove his democratic credentials.

William Lloyd-George |


Beware of Mirages

The Obama Administration is pursuing closer ties with the military in Burma -- a policy that could undermine efforts to build democracy.

Ellen Bork |


Can You Save Diplomacy From Itself?

Carne Ross's quixotic crusade to help emerging nations get their seat at the table.

Cristina Odone |

Slide Show

The FP Survey: The Wisdom of the Smart Crowd

FP's Global Thinkers weigh in on the year gone by and what's on the horizon for 2013.

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The Lady and the General

Meet the political odd couple driving democratic reform in Burma.

Kurt M. Campbell |

The List

The New Breakout Nations

Forget the BRICs. Meet seven unheralded countries to watch.

Ruchir Sharma |


Southeast Asia's Economic Poster Child Is Stalling

How the Communist Party is fiddling while Vietnam burns.

Ben Bland |


Getting Rebalancing Right

Four key issues that will define President Obama's second-term pivot to Asia.

Michele A. Flournoy |


Dreams of Their Fathers

Cambodia's people want freedom. Can Obama deliver?

Karen J. Coates |


China's Soft Power Surge

The People's Republic is no longer content with economic hegemony -- it's making a play for the hearts and minds of Southeast Asia.

Dustin Roasa |

Slide Show

Back in the Light

The year Burma turned upside down. 

Sulome Anderson |


Head Over Heels

Why Washington's love affair with Myanmar might be too much, too soon.

Joshua Kurlantzick |


You Can't Go Home Again

Soldiers aren’t the only veterans of war.

Phil Zabriskie |


Coming Apart at the Seams

Burma’s ruling party is under stress. Democrats should be careful what they wish for.

Larry Jagan |


The Children Devour the Revolution

A rare inside look at what one of China's most influential generals really fears most.

John Garnaut |

Christian Caryl

The Corruption Pandemic

Why corruption is set to become one of the defining political issues of the 21st century.

Christian Caryl |


Prosperity Isn't Just a Matter of Wealth

Man does not live by GDP alone. An introduction to the Legatum Institute's latest Prosperity Index.

Peter Passell |


Littoral Combat Clip

The U.S. military needs to prepare for more operations along the world's coastlines.

Lt. Gen. Richard Mills |

Slide Show

One Storm Away

10 major world cities that could end up underwater.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


A Tale of Two Asias

In the battle for Asia's soul, which side will win -- security or economics?

Evan A. Feigenbaum |


The Cyber Trade War

The showdown between China and the United States over telecommunications technology is about much more than just security.

Adam Segal |

Slide Show

When Xi Smiles

Is China's leader-in-waiting the jolliest functionary in the People's Republic?

Slide Show |

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The Death of a King

A nation says farewell to its controversial monarch.

Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer |


The Quiet Man of Chinese Letters

Should we condemn Mo Yan for failing to speak out?

Isaac Stone Fish |


Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Pick

China's most famous dissident never wanted the honor.

Yu Jie |

Christian Caryl

The Big Bang Theory of Education

Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.

Christian Caryl |


These 7 Countries

The rise of China and India has long since become a cliche. In fact, neither country has done all that well since the crash of 2008 -- but these emerging powerhouses have cleaned up.

Joshua E. Keating |


What's Chinese for 'Irrational Exuberance'?

China's explosive urban growth may not be sustainable.

Lois Farrow Parshley |


Unsung Heroes

Some of the world's bravest dissidents are pursuing their fight against injustice with little attention from the outside world. But that doesn't mean they aren't worth knowing about. Here's a list of remarkable people who rarely make it into the headlines.

Tom Malinowski |