Southeast Asia

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the ASEAN summit in Singapore on Nov. 15. (Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Asia Needs Pence’s Reassurance

He should confront Trump’s mistakes and put forward a positive agenda.

Vietnam communist party chief Nguyen Phu Trong takes the presidential oath at the National Assembly hall in Hanoi on October 23, 2018.(/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam’s Quiet New Autocrat Is Consolidating Power

President Nguyen Phu Trong is drawing from Xi Jinping's playbook.

A man stands under an umbrella as monsoon rains arrive in Balukhali refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on Aug. 28. More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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.

Islamic Research Foundation President Zakir Naik delivers a speech at a conference in Istanbul on March 23, 2017. (Salih Zeki Fazlioglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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.

Lim Zheng Jie Wo, 76, scavenges in a back lane of the financial district in Singapore on January 5, 2009. (ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood Has No Time for Crazy Poor Asians

Asian-American politics don't translate on screen into sensitivity to Singapore's real issues.

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen (C) casts his vote during the general elections as his wife Bun Rany (centre L) looks on in Phnom Penh on July 29, 2018. (MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

Fake Monitors Endorse Cambodia’s Sham Election

Dubious electoral endorsements are becoming normal for dictators worldwide.

A supporter of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shouts slogans during a demonstration in Phnom Penh on December 17, 2013. (Tang Cchin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals

Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.

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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 State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyidaw, Myanmar's capital, on May 22. (That Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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Sexpat Journalists Are Ruining Asia Coverage

Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories.

Volunteers take down posters of Aung San Suu Kyi at the National League for Democracy Party head office on November 6, 2015 in Kaw Hmu, Myanmar.

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.

Philippine Senator Leila de Lima waves to supporters after appearing in court outside Manila on Feb. 24. (Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images)

A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima

The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."

Iraqi fighters of the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) stand next to a wall bearing the Islamic State (IS) flag as they enter the city of al-Qaim, in Iraq's western Anbar province near the Syrian border on Nov. 3.  (Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

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This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

Fireworks light the night sky after the lighting of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) landmark lantern marking the 50th anniversary of the organisation at the entrance to the venue of the 50th ASEAN regional security forum in Manila on August 8, 2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on August 8 took a swipe at the Trump administration's retreat from a major free trade deal, joining Asian nations at a regional forum this week in criticising rising protectionism / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN        (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

ASEAN’s Golden Moment in a Time of Crisis

If Trump wants to put pressure on North Korea or China, he's going to need to have good friends in Asia.

Supporter of Cambodian People Party (CPP) ride their motorbikes during the Commune Election Campaign in Phnom Penh on May 21, 2017.
Tuk-tuks blaring pop music and flag-waving party faithful on Saturday led a rally by Cambodia's embattled opposition for upcoming commune elections, a bellwether for efforts to end the three-decade rule of strongman Hun Sen in next year's national polls. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SOTHY        (Photo credit should read TANG CHHIN SOTHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Cambodian Democracy Makes Its Last Gasps

An indifferent United States and assertive China have emboldened one of Asia’s longest-serving leaders to embrace outright authoritarianism.

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