Authoritarian countries don't seem to be doing well at the knowledge business. That's probably no accident.
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.
China's explosive urban growth may not be sustainable.
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.
After much struggle, China finally has the massive naval vessel it always wanted.
Why this amazing archipelago is on track to be the world's seventh largest economy.
Meet the former Green Berets delivering aid to some of the most blighted corners of Burma, and saving souls along the way.
Why aren't America and China talking about their nukes?
Burma is open for business, and foreign investors are champing at the bit. Time for a reality check.
Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?
The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.
How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.
Why it's time for environmentalists to stop worrying and love the atom.
Why the president's cabinet reshuffle portends a new move toward reform.
Will the relaxation of Burma's severe censorship laws usher in the age of a responsible, responsive media -- or are Burmese journalists right to worry that the state is still watching them closely?
The world's cities will experience massive growth over the next decade. But are they ready to handle it?
The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.
As China and the United States compete for gold at the London Games, we take a look at the grueling lives of the People's Republic's next generation of top athletes.
Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”
As the Chinese capital cleans up from deadly floods, the country's netizens take to social media to blame officials.
Sectarian conflict in Burma leaves refugees in limbo, while an inefficient military dictatorship is unable to stabilize the situation.
So far, Washington's pivot to Asia has included a lot of work on security and trade. Democracy, not so much.
How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military