Southeast Asia

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 |

Argument

Asia's Next Tiger

President Aquino's anti-corruption program is just what the Philippines economy needs.

Greg Rushford |

The List

8 Geographical Pivot Points

From Angola to Yemen, eight countries whose futures are tied up in the land they occupy.

Margaret Slattery |

The List

The Dictator Hunter's Wanted List

9 former autocrats and bad guys that should be made to pay for their crimes.

Reed Brody |

Argument

The Freedom to Hate

As sectarian violence lashes Burma, the media are using their newfound freedom for destructive ends.

Hanna Hindstrom |

Argument

Ruling Facebookistan

The world's largest social networking site has a population nearly as large as China or India's. And the natives are getting restless.

Rebecca MacKinnon |

Argument

Party Like It's 1989

Why China's post-Tiananmen political model is running out of steam.

Perry Link |

Argument

Is America Pivoting to Asia Fast Enough?

Defense Secretary Panetta has put some muscle behind the Obama administration's Pacific ambitions. But will a few more ships really be enough to stare down China?

James Holmes |

The List

Good Foreigner, Bad Foreigner

China's love-hate relationship with expats.

Anne Henochowicz |

Argument

Betting on a Cambodian Spring

Why Cambodia’s opposition faces a steep uphill battle in its effort to oust Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Thomas Mann Miller |

Argument

Google Confronts the Great Firewall

In the second clash between the Internet search giant and the Chinese government, will freedom of speech win?

Rebecca MacKinnon |

Christian Caryl

The Dictators Are Smarter Than You Think

Don't count the tyrants out. They've still got plenty of tricks up their sleeves.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Red Flag and the Silver Screen

Why is China buying America's movie theaters?

Shaun Rein |

Christian Caryl

In the Crosshairs

Why controlling the international arms trade can help to build stable societies.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Bangkok Blues

How did the one functional democracy in Southeast Asia get so screwed up?

Joshua Kurlantzick |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

France fetes a new president, Spanish activists take to the streets, and Ratko Mladic finally goes to trial.

Slide Show |

Argument

Meet the GUTS

The West isn't declining. Here are four world powers enjoying an astonishing renaissance.

Bruce Jones and Thomas Wright |

The List

Comrade Locke

Why is China so obsessed with America's backpack-wearing, coupon-clipping ambassador?

Anne Henochowicz |

Argument

Welcome to the New World Disorder

The G-8 is not about to save the world. It's time the United States started planning for the G-Zero.

Ian Bremmer |

Argument

Burma Can Bring It

It’s true: Burma faces an uphill climb in its transition to democracy. But the odds may be better than you think.

Michael Albertus |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

France gets a new president, neo-Nazis make gains in Greece, and Putin hits the ice.

Slide Show |

Argument

Uh-Oh. Pakistan Can't Pay Its Electric Bills.

How an energy crisis became an economic and political crisis too.

Colin Cookman |