How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression
A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.
Pompeo Draws a Line Against Beijing in the South China Sea
The United States has aligned itself on the side of international law, but backing up a tough statement will be hard.
The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?
The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.
After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets
A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”
Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide
As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.
The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost
In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.
Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea
Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.
What Democracy Will Fall Next?
Hungary was the first democratic victim of the coronavirus. It may not be the last.
There’s Still Life in the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement
Duterte is trying to kill a critical deal, but his compatriots aren’t happy.
Duterte’s Response to the Coronavirus: ‘Shoot Them Dead’
The Philippines president’s order to kill quarantine violators amid coronavirus chaos tests democracy yet again in his country.
Coronavirus Lockdown Launches Manila Into Pandemonium
Duterte announced unprecedented measures, but nobody knows what they mean.
Duterte Terminates U.S. Defense Pact, Pleasing Trump but Few Others
Ending the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States is a deeply unpopular move.
Filipinos Turn on Duterte as Coronavirus Fears Spread
Anti-Chinese and anti-American conspiracy theories have followed the first death.
Hollywood Is Paying an ‘Abominable’ Price for China Access
A kid’s movie has turned into a geopolitical nightmare for DreamWorks.
China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked
Artificial islands are becoming more trouble than they’re worth.
Is Duterte Really Asking for U.S. Aid Against China?
The volatile Philippine leader is trying to fend off accusations of being soft on Beijing.