Southeast Asia


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 |


The Loneliest Superpower

How did China end up with only rogue states as its real friends?

Minxin Pei |


A Shot Across the Bo

The Chinese Communist Party's takedown of party boss Bo Xilai shows just exactly how much talk about "democracy" it's willing to listen to.

A. McLaren |


Fire on the Mountain

How many Tibetans have to burn themselves before the Chinese care?

Tsering Woeser |

David Rothkopf

The Iceman Leadeth

The cool diplomacy of Barack Obama.

David Rothkopf |

Terms of Engagement

Will the Good BRICS Please Stand Up?

You can call them respectable democracies, but India, Brazil, and South Africa will be judged by how they act abroad. And on the Syria question, it's been shameful.

James Traub |

The List

Six International Newspaper Columnists Who Actually Like Mitt Romney

The Republican candidate has boosters in unlikely places -- from Canada to the Congo.

Uri Friedman |

Slide Show

The World in Photos This Week

Mr. Netanyahu goes to Washington, Vladimir Putin's tearful election, and Prince Harry wins a race.

Slide Show |

Christian Caryl

The Personality Problem

In an age of globalization and revolutionary upheaval, grand impersonal forces might appear to be winning out. But don't discount the human factor.

Christian Caryl |


Onward and Upward

Why economics -- the dismal science -- is far too pessimistic when it comes to analyzing the amazing gains in poverty eradication.

Charles Kenny |

David Rothkopf

Iran Is the Great Distraction

Why Obama and Netanyahu are having the wrong conversation this week.

David Rothkopf |


Stuck in a Rut

If the Republicans really want to attack President Obama on foreign policy, they’re going to have to do a lot better than just recycling tired, old ideas.

Michael A. Cohen |


Mind the Gap

Inequality is an increasing problem around the world. But there are cures.

Peter Passell |

Behind the Numbers

A Threat We Can Live With

Most Americans really don’t like North Korea, but few say it’s worth going to war to make them get rid of their nuclear weapons.

Scott Clement |


Leap Day in North Korea

Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Pyongyang is a modest success. But let's not get carried away.

Mark Fitzpatrick |


Above the Law

Pakistan's activist lawyers and judges may have thrown out Pervez Musharraf, but they're no democrats. In fact, they're a grave and growing threat to Pakistan's future.

Anatol Lieven |

The List

The New Asian Tiger?

Ten things you didn't know about Vietnam's rise. 

Marco Breu |


China Goes Linsane

The phenomenal rise of NBA wunderkind Jeremy Lin is sweeping mainland China -- even though he's Taiwanese.

David Yang |


Off the Beaten Path

Some of the best economic innovations come from places you wouldn't expect.

Jeffrey Frankel |


Separated at Birth

Indonesia's transition to democracy can tell us a lot about the likely course of Egypt's revolution. There's good news and there's bad news.

John T. Sidel |

Slide Show

Pews, Priests, and Praying in the PRC

Christianity is having its moment in China.

Slide Show |


Bull in the China Shop

The Obama administration is welcoming China's presumptive next leader, Xi Jinping. But how can it make good policy when the strategy is a mess?

Daniel Blumenthal |

Slide Show

Holey Days

Photos of piercing and prayer during the Tamil holiday of Thaipusam.

Lois Parshley |