Thai Politics Has a Princess but No Storybook Endings
With elections coming, the junta still fears the specter of Thaksin Shinawatra.
The Belt and Road Initiative Is a Corruption Bonanza
Despots and crooks are using China’s infrastructure project to stay in power—with Beijing's help.
Asia Needs Pence’s Reassurance
He should confront Trump’s mistakes and put forward a positive agenda.
Vietnam’s Quiet New Autocrat Is Consolidating Power
President Nguyen Phu Trong is drawing from Xi Jinping's playbook.
It’s Time to Hold Myanmar Accountable
A year after the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya began, the United States is still dragging its feet.
Malaysia Can’t Decide if Zakir Naik Is a Preacher or a Terrorist
The fiery Muslim teacher is wanted back home in India, but Malaysia won’t give him up.
Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians
Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.
Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election
Dubious electoral endorsements are becoming normal for dictators worldwide.
Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals
Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.
Closing the Factory Doors
For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?
Myanmar’s Atrocities Demand New Sanctions
Rep. Eliot Engel’s sanctions legislation offers the right response to the Myanmar military’s campaign of murder and displacement.
Sexpat Journalists Are Ruining Asia Coverage
Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories.
Aung San Suu Kyi Is A Politician, Not A Monster
Western liberals projected their own hopes onto "the Lady" — and then blamed her for not living up to them.
A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima
The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."
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.
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.
If Trump Forgets About Human Rights in Asia, the World Will Suffer
The United States ignores massive abuses at its own peril.
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.
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 Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya Could Be the New Myanmar’s Original Sin
Any future success will be built on the blood of the Rohingya.