Southeast Asia

Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancellation Is About Politics, Not Health

The Australian government attempts to hide its COVID-19 mismanagement.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

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.

A protester in a helmet and breathing apparatus holds a poster in front of barricades.

Myanmar’s Tumultuous Year

A stunning military coup in early 2021 kicked off a year of unprecedented change.

Antony Blinken delivers remarks in Indonesia.

Biden Needs a Southeast Asia Policy to Counter China’s Pull

Despite a welcome flurry of diplomacy, Washington still has no clear strategy for the region.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game

Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.

Ressa holds up the Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal.

How Biden Can Aid Maria Ressa’s Fight for Justice

The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s cause is about more than just press freedom.

Protesters in Myanmar

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.

Maori, one wearing European garb, paddle a canoe in an engraving from 1826.

How New Zealand Recognizes the People There First

The Maori term “tangata whenua” conveys a powerful relationship with the land.

Myanmar armed forces chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing waves during the inauguration of a new military coast guard in Yangon, Myanmar, on Oct. 6.

China Warms Up to Myanmar’s Generals

Months after the coup, Beijing seeks stability—and protections for its investments—above all.

Thai protesters in front of the German Embassy in Bangkok

Reform Is Becoming Treason in Thailand

Government courts accuse students of attempting to overthrow the monarchy.

Scott Morrison and Xi Jinping

Australia Shows the World What Decoupling From China Looks Like

The bottom line: Beijing’s attempt to bully Canberra has been a spectacular failure.

Philippine anti-China potesters

Duterte’s Dalliance With China Is Over

The mercurial leader has realigned Manila with Washington as tensions rise in Asia.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shakes hands with a nurse.

Nurses Aren’t Like iPhones

Why Western countries can’t rely on imported labor in key professions.

HMAS Farncomb Collins class submarine

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.

Staff at the KL Fertility Centre demonstrate the egg freezing procedure for members of the media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 11. A growing number of women in Singapore are traveling overseas to clinics such as this one to freeze their eggs.

Why Does the Singaporean Government Care About Egg Freezing?

The city-state’s ban on the procedure is making its demographic problems worse.

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