Southeast Asia

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 |

Argument

An Ambiguous Anniversary in Cambodia

So whatever happened to the most ambitious peacekeeping operation in history?

Karen J. Coates |

Argument

Too Fast, Too Soon

Why Obama's embrace of Myanmar is putting the cart before the horse.

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Dispatch

J-School in the Land of the Junta

Can Burma build a free media or will the government’s new soft-sell propaganda win out?

Dustin Roasa |

Argument

It's Time for Burma's President to Act

The civil war in Burma goes on. But the government seems powerless to stop it.

David Scott Mathieson |

Argument

Send the Nukes Back to South Korea

At the stroke of a pen, President Obama could reassure a key ally and put Pyongyang back in its box. Here’s how.

Bennett Ramberg |

Argument

Ghostbusters

Malaysia’s pro-democracy activists might not win Sunday’s election. But they could win the battle against electoral fraud.

Deborah Loh |

In Box

You Can't Go Home Again

An exiled journalist returns to a changed Burma.

Min Zin |

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 |