Southeast Asia


China's Left Behind Children

Breakneck growth has made China an economic miracle. But will the destruction of families prove to be too high a cost?

Deborah Jian Lee |


Tobacco's War on Women

The global tobacco industry is targeting women in emerging markets. Can public policy rise to the challenge?

Brad Edmondson |


Why America Must Save Chen Guangcheng

Now is one of those times when the United States must live up to its ideals.

Frank Wolf |


State of Injustice

What the bizarre cases of Bo Xilai and Chen Guangcheng can tell us about China.

Sophie Richardson |


Away From the Handouts

The argument for a new approach to development aid.

Peter Passell |


Financial (Secret) Services

A conversation with the mysterious Anonymous analysts who are exposing fraud and corruption in Chinese companies -- and taking them down.

Isaac Stone Fish |

Slide Show

Japan's Enviable Decline

Recently, most of the news coming out of Japan is gloomy -- but the country has more going for it than you'd think.

Slide Show |


The Most Powerful Women You've Never Heard Of

The Angela Merkels and Dilma Rousseffs get all the attention. But they're not the only female leaders running the world.

FP Staff |


Mad Libs: Women in Politics

FP asked top female politicians around the world to fill in the blanks on sexism, women leaders, and breaking the glass ceiling.

Alessandra N Ram |

The Optimist

Get an MBA, Save the World

If you want to work in international development, go work for a big, bad multinational company.

Charles Kenny |


Occupy This!

An Occupy Wall Street leader highlights the global reach of his movement.

Allison Good |


April Is the Cruelest Month … for China

Beijing's leaders are finding out the hard way that being a superpower isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Sophie Richardson |


The Terrible Tiger

Vietnam may look like a success story, but with Burma's recent thaw, it's now the most repressive country in Southeast Asia.

Dustin Roasa |


The New Islamists

How the most extreme adherents of radical Islam are getting with the times.

Olivier Roy |



Why the Obama Administration is targeting Malaysia and Vietnam in the trans-Pacific trade talks.

Greg Rushford |


Drama on the High Seas

The ongoing showdown between China and the Philippines is an opportunity for the United States to strengthen the Asian pivot.

Sheena Chestnut Greitens |


The Rocket in Kim Jong Un's Pocket

The missile we should be worried about isn't the one North Korea is about to launch, it's the much bigger one that's hiding in plain sight.

Nick Hansen |

The Optimist

Sharing the Burden

Why Africa doesn't need your white guilt anymore.

Charles Kenny |


16 Ways to Fix Burma

On the eve of the country's historic elections, 16 experts give us their prescriptions for the future.

Arianne Swieca |

Christian Caryl

The Lady's Leap of Faith

Why Aung San Suu Kyi's decision to participate in a flawed election could be the biggest gamble of her career.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The Land of Lady Liberty

A photographer returns to Burma to find a nation transformed.

Geoffrey Hiller |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

The Pope dons a sombrero, French police hunt suspected Islamists, and a Tongan king is laid to rest.

Slide Show |


Letting Burma Back In

Experts debate whether the role of sanctions was successful in opening up Burma. But with the up-coming by-elections and the release of political prisoners, the greater challenge may be how to lift them.

tom Malinowski |


The Land of Lesser Evils

North Korea's planned missile launch isn't reason enough to walk away from the negotiating table. It's all about politics in Pyongyang -- and in fact, it's an opening for Obama.

John Delury and Chung-in Moon |

Christian Caryl

The Thieves of Burma

Hello from the third-most corrupt place on Earth.

Christian Caryl |

Micah Zenko

We Can't Drone Our Way to Victory in Afghanistan

It’s time for the United States to think of new ways to combat terrorism in Southwest Asia.

Micah Zenko |


Why Burma Shouldn't Listen to the IMF

If Burma's leaders really want to revive their economy, they can start by giving a cold shoulder to the Washington Consensus.

Rick Rowden |


The Lady and the Peacock

An exclusive excerpt from the new biography on Burma's democratic opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

Peter Popham |

Slide Show

Combat Camera

The year's best military photography.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

Lessons for America from the Global War on Sleaze

When it comes to fighting corruption, it turns out there’s a lot that the U.S. can learn from developing countries.

Christian Caryl |