10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022
Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.
Myanmar’s Tumultuous Year
A stunning military coup in early 2021 kicked off a year of unprecedented change.
Myanmar’s Military Must Be Shown It Can’t Win
Negotiations are far off, but they are the only way out of a catastrophic conflict.
China Warms Up to Myanmar’s Generals
Months after the coup, Beijing seeks stability—and protections for its investments—above all.
Why AUKUS Alarms ASEAN
The bloc is struggling to preserve unity—and can’t decide what to do about the new U.S.-China rivalry.
U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.
The informal deal offers common ground with Beijing and a blow to Myanmar’s hopes of legitimacy.
Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles
The U.S. democracy agenda can’t focus simply on supporting democratic governments.
U.S. Congress Weighs Sanctions on Myanmar’s Oil and Gas
The legislation could also force a ruling on whether the military junta committed genocide against the Rohingya.
Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups
The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.
Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19
Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.
Will More Ethnic Minority Organizations Join Myanmar’s Revolution?
The deposed civilian government’s bad relations with some groups undermine the unity of the anti-coup movement.
A Famous Buddhist Teacher Is Under Fire for Backing Myanmar’s Junta
Sitagu Sayadaw once protested for democracy but now preaches nationalism.
ASEAN’s Future Will Be Decided in Myanmar
The prospect of an open-ended mission to restore democracy in Myanmar is making the Southeast Asian bloc’s leaders uneasy.
Myanmar’s Military Is a Force of Chaos, Not Stability
The junta says it is keeping the country together. Governments must stop buying its brutal excuses.
Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations
The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.
The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut
The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason.
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.
Myanmar’s Opposition Wants U.S. Intervention. Here Are Some Options.
Washington has choices, from imposing no-fly zones to tightening sanctions.