Southeast Asia

Letters

What's Chinese for 'Irrational Exuberance'?

China's explosive urban growth may not be sustainable.

Lois Farrow Parshley |

Argument

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 |

Slide Show

An Aircraft Carrier of One's Own

After much struggle, China finally has the massive naval vessel it always wanted.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Why We Give the Lady a Hard Time

An open letter to the critics of our criticism.

Christian Caryl |

The List

5 Reasons to Believe in the Indonesian Miracle

Why this amazing archipelago is on track to be the world's seventh largest economy.

Richard Dobbs |

Slide Show

The Battle for Burma

Photos from the frontlines of Myanmar's forgotten rebellion. 

Slide Show |

Dispatch

Commandos for Jesus

Meet the former Green Berets delivering aid to some of the most blighted corners of Burma, and saving souls along the way.

Daniel Lovering |

Argument

The Fifty-Megaton Elephant in the Room

Why aren't America and China talking about their nukes?

Jeffrey Lewis |

Argument

The Lady and the Tweet

Can there be an Aung San Suu Kyi in the Twitter era?

Suzanne Nossel |

Think Again

Think Again: Burma’s Economy

Burma is open for business, and foreign investors are champing at the bit. Time for a reality check.

Jared Bissinger |

Argument

Aung San Suu Kyi’s Buddhism Problem

Why isn't Burma's democracy icon speaking up for minorities -- and against her country's nationalistic, racist, xenophobic, and occasionally violent Buddhist majority?

William McGowan |

Argument

Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

The boys in saffron are marching again. But this time there’s nothing that's noble about it.

Francis Wade |

Argument

A Glitch in the Matrix

Why the pivot to Asia has no clothes.

Barry C. Lynn |

Case Studies

The City with a Short Fuse

How a shrewd politician defused ethnic tension and improved public services in one of Indonesia’s most dysfunctional cities.

Rushda Majeed |

Argument

Out of the Nuclear Closet

Why it's time for environmentalists to stop worrying and love the atom.

Jessica Lovering |

Argument

Burma's President Shakes Up the Chessboard

Why the president's cabinet reshuffle portends a new move toward reform.

Larry Jagan |

Argument

Freeing the Press

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?

Min Zin |

Argument

The Souls of Chinese Cities

Letters from Guangzhou, Urumqi, and Shenyang.

Christina Larson |

Argument

Building a Better China

The world's cities will experience massive growth over the next decade. But are they ready to handle it?

Richard Dobbs |

Argument

Burma's Lost Boys

The government in Burma is promising to clean up its act. But the army is still recruiting child soldiers.

Patrick Bodenham |

Slide Show

China's Champion Children

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.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Local Bloodshed, Global Headache

Sectarian conflict in Burma is once again spurring talk of a “global war against Islam.”

Christian Caryl |

Argument

In Beijing, a Flood of Complaints

As the Chinese capital cleans up from deadly floods, the country's netizens take to social media to blame officials.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

No Refuge

Sectarian conflict in Burma leaves refugees in limbo, while an inefficient military dictatorship is unable to stabilize the situation.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Talking a Great Game

So far, Washington's pivot to Asia has included a lot of work on security and trade. Democracy, not so much.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Burma's Misled Righteous

How Burma’s pro-democracy movement betrayed its own ideals and rehabilitated the military

Francis Wade |

Rebuttal

Bangkok Blues Rebuttal

The Royal Thai Embassy responds to Joshua Kurlantzick's piece on Thailand's controversial lèse-majesté law.

Arjaree Sriratanaban and Joshua Kurlantzick |

Argument

Fish Story

The risk of conflict in the South China Sea is real. But not for the reasons you might think.

Stephanie Kleine-Ahlbrandt |

Argument

Build Burma from the Ground Up

Relying only on the state to implement democratic reforms in Burma is a fool’s errand. But there’s a better way.

Elliott Prasse-Freeman |