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September 7, 2017

Southeast Asia
Suu Kyi_9.6.2017 Myanmar, Cambodia, and the Opportunity for the U.S. Congress

In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, Robert Kagan suggested that, in this period of uncertain governance by the White House, Congress should take a much more forceful approach to governing, as i…

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_campaign_6.2.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part Two Read Part One here.  Could the situation for democracy in Southeast Asia, which had seemed on the verge of having multiple consolidated democracies in the 2000s, get worse these days? …

April 28, 2017

Asia
aung-san-suu-kyi-one-year-the-national Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Rule,” One Year In

Roughly one year after Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party took control of Myanmar’s parliament, and Suu Kyi became de facto head of state (Myanmar has a president, but…

March 21, 2017

Asia
congress-southeast asia What Happens to Congressional Southeast Asia Policy Under a New U.S. Administration?

Unlike many regions of the world, where U.S. foreign policy has in recent decades been dominated by the executive branch, since the end of the Cold War Congress has played a major role in policy towa…

December 16, 2016

Asia
rakhine-rohingya Is Rakhine State Home to a Growing Insurgency?

Rakhine State, where violence has been escalating for two months after Rohingya militants allegedly attacked a border guard post on October 9, is spiraling into chaos. As I noted in a recent post, th…

December 9, 2016

Asia
myanmar-rakhine What Does the Bloodshed in Rakhine State Tell Us?

The ongoing bloodshed in Rakhine State, where security forces reportedly are engaging in a rising pattern of abuses against Rohingya, seems to be worsening. International human rights groups have war…

December 13, 2016

United States
pps-pic What Conflicts Should the Trump Administration Watch in 2017?

Helia Ighani is the assistant director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Center for Preventive Action. Today President-elect Donald J. Trump announced his nomination for secretary of state, Rex…

December 9, 2016

Russia
park-impeachment-protest Park’s Impeachment, Duterte’s Drug War in Photos, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, David O’Connor, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. South Korea’s National Assembly votes to impeach Park Geun-hye. On Friday…

November 14, 2016

Asia
western-myanmar-rohingya What is Happening in Western Myanmar?

Over the past month, the situation in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, which has been extremely volatile since an eruption of violence in the early 2010s, has deteriorated once again. Following an at…

November 18, 2016

China
rohingya-children Rakhine Lockdown, Hong Kong Disqualifications, Choigate, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Rohingyas suffer under Rakhine lockdown. Myanmar’s Rakhine State, home to roughly 1.1 mil…