Southeast Asia

A protest leader shouts slogans through a megaphone on Feb. 9 in Yangon, Myanmar.

Can Myanmar’s Protesters Succeed?

Led by student activists, the new civil-disobedience movement draws on the experience of older generations—but its methods and demands are a radical break with the past.

Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam’s newly reelected Communist Party secretary-general, stands at the party’s 13th National Party Congress in Hanoi, on Feb. 1.

Vietnam Picks Control Over Reform at 13th National Party Congress

Conservative decisions and an aging leadership don’t bode well.

People eat lunch in front of a billboard along a street in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on Aug. 6, 2019.

Cambodia’s Post-Pandemic Law and Order

Amid economic crisis, sweeping new legislation on “public order” would stifle dissent—and effectively criminalize people for being poor.

Myanmar migrants hold up portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s de facto leader who was recently detained by the military in a coup, as they take part in a demonstration outside the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok on Feb. 1.

Is Beijing Backing the Myanmar Coup?

The Biden administration needs clarity from China as the new U.S. president acts on his first major crisis.

A soldier walks in the City Hall compound in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 1.

What’s Next for Myanmar

State leader Min Aung Hlaing, who was due to retire as commander in chief when he turns 65 in July, could now extend his hold on power.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit in Bangkok on Nov. 4, 2019.

Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal

The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.

Supporters of the National League for Democracy party in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Elections Won’t Be Free or Fair

Five years after the National League for Democracy won in a landslide, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party fails to live up to its name.

People prepare dinner at the Shitthaung camp for displaced people in Mrauk U, myanmar,

To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine

With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.

Protesters march on the street chanting and carrying anti-China slogans on Nov. 20, 2018 in Makati, Philippines.

Southeast Asia is Ground Zero in the New U.S.-China Conflict—and Beijing Is Winning

‘Under Beijing’s Shadow’ lays out in compelling detail how China is working to dominate the region.

A recent landslide at Gwi Hka jade mining site in Myanmar.

After Another Mining Disaster, Ethnic Minorities Lose Patience With Myanmar’s Leadership

For those in the borderlands, the recent landslide in Kachin state is a symptom of the government’s empty promises.

Artists perform on stage at the end of the opening ceremony of the 36th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Hanoi on June 26.

Vietnam Steps Up to Take ASEAN Leadership Role

Hanoi’s strong position on China and COVID-19 success bolster its status.

Coronavirus Health Checks Malaysia

Malaysia’s Coronavirus Scapegoats

Undocumented migrants and refugees are caught in the crossfire of Malaysia’s coronavirus response and a xenophobic backlash.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

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.

Scarecrows known as ting mong stand guard in front of homes in Takeo, Kandal, and Kampong Speu provinces in Cambodia to ward off the coronavirus in May.

In Cambodia, a Spiritual Army Battles an Earthly Pandemic

With little faith in the government’s coronavirus response, many rural Cambodians are turning to the divine.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Bangladeshi security personnel attend to emaciated Rohingya refugees following their arrival by boat in Teknaf on April 16, after nearly two months at sea.

As Rohingya Boats Keep Sailing, Southeast Asia Turns a Blind Eye

With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.

Firefighters spray disinfectant in Yangon, Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Coronavirus Gives Nationalists an Opening

In its delayed response to the pandemic, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government prioritizes the country’s ethnic majority.

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