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September 15, 2017

Myanmar
Rohingya_9.7.2017 The Rohingya Crisis: What Can be Done?

In recent months, considerable ink and pixels have been spilled chronicling the growing humanitarian crisis in western Myanmar, and castigating the government led by Aung San Suu Kyi and the Myanmar …

September 13, 2017

Rohingya
A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017. The Rohingya Migrant Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a migration crisis in Southeast Asia.

September 11, 2017

Myanmar
Rohingya_9.11.2017 Is the United States Really Going to Expand Military Cooperation With Myanmar Now?

Every day seems to bring worse news about the spiraling conflict in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. A top UN human rights official recently announced that the violence in Rakhine State is a “textbo…

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…

April 19, 2017

Indonesia
RTX2RW7Z.jpg The Role of Religion in Indonesian Democracy

Jakob Tobing, Alwi Shihab, Azyumardi Azra, and Amin Abdullah discuss the role of religion in Indonesian democracy. 

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 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…