Southeast Asia

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

The Caliphate Is Destroyed, But the Islamic State Lives On

Why the United States can’t be complacent about undermining the remnants of the terrorist group.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.

TO GO WITH Thailand-SEAsia-environment-dam,FEATURE by Amelie Bottollier-Depois
This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

Fireworks light the night sky after the lighting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmark lantern marking the 50th anniversary of the organisation at the entrance to the venue of the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 8, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8 took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a regional forum this week in criticising rising protectionism / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ASEAN’s Golden Moment in a Time of Crisis

If Trump wants to put pressure on North Korea or China, he's going to need to have good friends in Asia.

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017.
Tuk-tuks blaring pop music and flag-waving party faithful on Saturday led a rally by Cambodia's embattled opposition for upcoming commune elections, a bellwether for efforts to end the three-decade rule of strongman Hun Sen in next year's national polls. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.

US President Donald Trump (R) welcomes Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) to the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Is Losing Asia to China

Don't be fooled by the Trump administration's trade deal with Beijing. America is losing out badly on the bigger game.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27:  (AFP OUT) US President Donald Trump speaks as Vice President Mike Pence looks on at  the Department of Veterans Affairs before signing an Executive Order on Improving Accountability and Whistleblower Protection on April 27, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Olivier Douliery - Pool/Getty Images)

After 100 Days, the Trump White House Still Lacks a Sound Policy Process

It is unclear what U.S. policy or strategy is, even on the most pressing issues.

US Vice President Mike Pence (L) is accompanied by Elizabeth Buensuceso, the Philippine permanent representative for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), during a meting at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta on April 20, 2017.
Pence is currently on a tour of South Korea, Japan, Indonesia and Australia that is aimed at smoothing some of the rougher edges of Trump's rhetoric. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / MAST IRHAM        (Photo credit should read MAST IRHAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How Trump Can Succeed in Southeast Asia

The president needs to learn of the benefits and necessity of multilateralism.

This picture taken on April 3, 2017 shows female farmers looking after their families' cows along the Duong river in the northern province of Bac Ninh.  / AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH Nam        (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

This Village In Vietnam Is Holding A Dozen Police Officers Hostage

It’s a rare sign of resistance against property seizure in the Communist-controlled country.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA - FEBRUARY 04: Protesters hold a symbol during a rally against President Donald Trump on February 4, 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. U.S. President Trump signed an executive order last week banning immigration to the USA from seven Muslim countries which led to protests across America, Europe and Asia, to denounce the travel ban. (Photo by Oscar Siagian/Getty Images)

America Is Injuring Itself by Discouraging Foreign Visitors and Giving Up on Global Leadership

The Trump administration’s current approach will make the United States less rich, less safe, and less informed.

CORRECTING NATIONALITY OF SOLDIER A Thai soldier gestures from his position securing a road lined with the flags of member countries of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and regional dialogue partner countries at the conference venue in the Thai resort island of Phuket on July 21, 2009. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived July 21 to Thailand where she will be meeting with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva before heading to the island of Phuket on July 22 to attend a regional security meeting with her ASEAN counterparts. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s How the U.S. Can Retain Leadership in Asia

Secretary of State Rex Tilerson appears to have clarified the puzzling statements on the South China Sea that he made at his confirmation hearing. This is encouraging.

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