Southeast Asia


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 |

Slide Show

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 |

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 |


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 |


The Fifty-Megaton Elephant in the Room

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

Jeffrey Lewis |


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 |


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 |


Buddhist Monks Behaving Badly

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

Francis Wade |


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 |


Out of the Nuclear Closet

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

Jessica Lovering |


Burma's President Shakes Up the Chessboard

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

Larry Jagan |


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 |