How the U.S. Learned to Stop Worrying About the Pacific and Love the ‘Indo-Pacific’
The United States has a new lens for its rivalry with China.
In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang
A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.
Chinese-U.S. Split Is Forcing Singapore to Choose Sides
There is no sweet spot to keep both Beijing and Washington happy, but that hasn’t kept Singapore from trying.
Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19
Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.
Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia
The United States needs to act fast to strengthen ties and reassure partners.
Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific
Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.
As China Rises, Britain and Australia Need Closer Security Ties
Drinking more shiraz isn’t enough to counter Beijing.
Will More Ethnic Minority Organizations Join Myanmar’s Revolution?
The deposed civilian government’s bad relations with some groups undermine the unity of the anti-coup movement.
A Famous Buddhist Teacher Is Under Fire for Backing Myanmar’s Junta
Sitagu Sayadaw once protested for democracy but now preaches nationalism.
A Confused Biden Team Risks Losing Southeast Asia
If the region continues to drift toward China, Washington has only itself to blame.
The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us
Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts.
ASEAN’s Future Will Be Decided in Myanmar
The prospect of an open-ended mission to restore democracy in Myanmar is making the Southeast Asian bloc’s leaders uneasy.
Myanmar’s Military Is a Force of Chaos, Not Stability
The junta says it is keeping the country together. Governments must stop buying its brutal excuses.
Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China
Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.
Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations
The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.
Can Biden Keep the Peace in Southeast Asia?
The region has complex relations with both Beijing and Washington. It does not want a new conflict.
The Glitch That Ruined Blinken’s ASEAN Debut
The top U.S. diplomat’s first meeting with Southeast Asian ministers was thwarted for a very relatable reason.
Southeast Asia Had COVID-19 Under Control. What Went Wrong?
Mutant viruses, rich Chinese tourists, and a military government no one trusts are among the reasons cases are surging.
Myanmar’s Opposition Wants U.S. Intervention. Here Are Some Options.
Washington has choices, from imposing no-fly zones to tightening sanctions.