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December 29, 2009

Thailand
Thailand and Cambodia Compete to Throw Out Refugees

News this week that the Thai government would begin forcibly repatriating some 4,000 Hmong back to Laos was greeted by condemnations from the UN, the United States, and various human rights organizat…

August 16, 2012

Rohingya women and children hide in a house in Teknaf No Country for Fifteen Million: The Plight of the World’s Stateless

Coauthored with Isabella Bennett, program coordinator in the International Institutions and Global Governance program. Guor Marial, a cross-country All-American athlete at Iowa State, ran two marath…

September 28, 2012

Asia
U.S. secretary of state Clinton poses with ASEAN leaders during a meeting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta September 4, 2012. Does the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration Even Matter?

Elizabeth Leader is a Research Associate for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. The author’s views on ASEAN’s human rights progress do not necessarily reflect those of Joshua Kurlant…

October 12, 2012

Diplomacy and International Institutions
European Commission President Barroso receives flowers from Leikvoll, Norway's Ambassador to the European Union, at the EC headquarters in Brussels Europe’s Lifetime Achievement Award: The Nobel Prize

Friday’s announcement that the European Union (EU) had won the Nobel Peace Prize elicited widespread surprise and mirth. Had the committee actually awarded the prize to the world’s reigning economic …

June 12, 2012

Asia
An ethnic Rakhine man holds homemade weapons as he stands in front of a house that was burnt during  fighting between Buddhist Rakhine and Muslim Rohingya communities in Sittwe. Myanmar’s Ethnic Violence

In a recent blog post for Asia Unbound, I noted that among Myanmar’s many challenges in the reform process, the country faced the possibility that political opening would unleash ethnic and religious…

November 15, 2012

Thailand
President Barack Obama waves at the door of Air Force One; The U.S. president will travel to Southeast Asia November 16-21, 2012. Obama Heads to Southeast Asia Amid Regional Tensions

As President Barack Obama sets off this weekend for a historic trip to Southeast Asia, he arrives at a high point for himself —and a low point for the region. Obama, making his first trip since winni…

June 29, 2012

Asia
Rohingya Muslims carry their belongings as they move after recent violence in Sittwe June 16, 2012. Myanmar’s Ethnic Strife and Media Coverage

Over at Bangkok Pundit, BP has a fine summary of complaints by some Burmese bloggers and writers that the foreign media has covered the ethnic strife in western Myanmar poorly and, in some cases, all…

January 22, 2013

Thailand
President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as President of the United States in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington, DC January 20, 2013. Presidential Inbox: Balancing the Pivot with Supporting Human Rights

Mr. President, as you start your second term, you have made clear that you will continue the “pivot” to Asia, which includes moving military assets to the Asian theater, bolstering relations with Asi…

March 29, 2013

China
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un presides over an urgent operation meeting on the Korean People's Army Strategic Rocket Force's performance of duty for firepower strike at the Supreme Command in Pyongyang on March 29, 2013. (Courtesy Reuters/KCNA) Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of March 29, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. North Korean belligerence: Kim Jong-un and his militaristic regime have ratcheted up tensions on the Korean peninsul…

April 26, 2013

China
A woman sits with her head down next to a damaged house after Saturday's earthquake hit Lushan county, Ya'an, Sichuan province, on April 22, 2013. Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of April 26, 2013

Sharone Tobias and Will Piekos look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Earthquake kills scores, injures thousands in China. A massive earthquake in Ya’an, Sichuan, on Saturday left at lea…