Asia

A U.S. soldier fires a rocket-propelled grenade during a firefight with insurgents in the Pech Valley, Afghanistan, on June 22, 2012.

A Masterful Account of America’s Doomed Afghanistan Mission

Wesley Morgan’s “The Hardest Place” is embedded reporting at its finest.

A snack vendor in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bangladesh’s Long Journey From ‘Basket Case’ to Rising Star

But 50 years after independence, an authoritarian turn casts a shadow over the country’s future.

Xi Jinping with PLA soldiers in Hong Kong

Yes, You Can Use the T-Word to Describe China

China is governed by a totalitarian regime. Why is that so hard to say?

Jake Sullivan speaks alongside President-elect Joe Biden.

The Sullivan Model

Jake Sullivan, Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect,” is facing a once-in-a-generation challenge.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga (right) sits next to a monitor displaying a virtual Quadrilateral Security Dialogue meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden (top left), Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison (bottom left), and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi (bottom right), in Tokyo on March 12.

Japan Toughens on China as Beijing Issues Threats

Pro-engagement politicians are aging out of the Liberal Democratic Party.

Protesters hold homemade weapons during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon's Tamwe township in Myanmar on April 3.

Myanmar Is on the Precipice of Civil War

Existing conflicts with ethnic groups add fuel to the fire.

Soldiers at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

Philippines Leaning Toward Allowing U.S. Troops After All

But the Biden administration still faces an unreliable ally in Duterte.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

People protest against anti-Asian violence.

We Don’t Have the Words to Fight Anti-Asian Racism

Tangled questions of Asian identity need answers that aren’t defined by U.S. terminology alone.

A U.S. aircraft carrier leaves its San Diego port.

Will Americans Die for Freedom of Navigation?

The Navy’s favorite tool in Asia is deeply flawed.

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on Oct. 1, 2019.

China Has an Image Problem—but Knows How to Fix It

Many in Beijing realize a declining international reputation won’t help the country achieve its goals.

Peter Dutton speaks in Australia's parliament.

Will Australia’s New Defense Minister Play Bad Cop to China?

Peter Dutton stopped the refugee boats. His next job is stopping Beijing’s maritime militia.

A woman examines a display of books about Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S.-China Clash Is About Ideology After All

Claims that the rivalry is purely geopolitical don’t hold water.

kabul university attack

How Liberal Values Became a Business in Afghanistan

Washington promised to bring liberal democracy to Kabul. It created a bloated and ineffective sector of artificial NGOs instead.

A sweeper cleans a deserted bus station after the provincial government suspended public transport during a lockdown in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 3.

Pakistan’s Geoeconomic Delusions

The country says it wants to pivot from hard power to economic power, but its economy begs to differ.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes.

The World Needs a Post-Pandemic Health Treaty With Teeth

WHO has no power to demand openness or independently confirm data at present.

Load 10 More Articles