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.
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.
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.
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.
Vietnam Steps Up to Take ASEAN Leadership Role
Hanoi’s strong position on China and COVID-19 success bolster its status.
Malaysia’s Coronavirus Scapegoats
Undocumented migrants and refugees are caught in the crossfire of Malaysia’s coronavirus response and a xenophobic backlash.
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.
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 ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.
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.
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.
China’s Neighbors Face a Belligerent Post-Pandemic Beijing
Experts discuss the regional fallout of the coronavirus crisis.
In the Mekong, a Confluence of Calamities
Drought coupled with the coronavirus pandemic spells danger for food security.
Hun Sen’s Coronavirus Crackdown
The Cambodian prime minister is using the pandemic as cover to silence his remaining critics.
Science Shows Chinese Dams Are Devastating the Mekong
New data demonstrates a devastating effect on downstream water supplies that feed millions of people.
Malaysia’s Preventable Coronavirus Disaster
The country’s newest leaders should have jumped into action immediately. Instead, they wasted precious weeks jockeying over cabinet positions.
Claims of a Coronavirus-Free Laos Are Probably Fiction
China’s poor rural neighbor says it has no cases. That’s unlikely to be true.
Xi’s Fake History Lesson for Hun Sen
Eager to appease his benefactor in Beijing, the Cambodian leader is excluding China’s role from the Khmer Rouge narrative.
China’s Military Can’t Deliver on Humanitarian Promises
Amid the coronavirus crisis, the PLA has been missing in action.