Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard
Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.
In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang
A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.
Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19
Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.
Southeast Asia Had COVID-19 Under Control. What Went Wrong?
Mutant viruses, rich Chinese tourists, and a military government no one trusts are among the reasons cases are surging.
Flying Home During the Pandemic: Expensive, Demanding, and Dangerous
Our author braves closing borders and airport chaos to catch one of the few planes still flying.
Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction
China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.
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.
The Unfinished Legacy of Obama’s Pivot to Asia
The gridlocked TPP trade deal. Reclaimed islands in the South China Sea. North Korean nukes. How will history judge President Obama’s rebalance to Asia?
From a Swift Boat to a Sustainable Mekong
One of the world’s most important waterways -- and one I spent some time on -- is in grave danger. We need to make sure its ecological and economic vitality is preserved for future generations.