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Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.

Myanmar’s Junta Is Weak but Dangerous

The West shouldn’t let up pressure after Myanmar’s recent prisoner releases.

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Biking Through the Pain of War

After 1,200 miles on their bikes, two strangers became sisters.

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim greets supporters.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim greets supporters.

There Are No Easy Choices for Malaysians at the Ballot Box

A messy array of politicians and parties are competing to win the election—and avoid jail.

A U.S. submarine and aircraft carrier join South Korean and Japanese warships during naval exercises in the Sea of Japan on Sept. 30.
A U.S. submarine and aircraft carrier join South Korean and Japanese warships during naval exercises in the Sea of Japan on Sept. 30.

Why Japan Should Join AUKUS

Tokyo has become an indispensable security actor in the Indo-Pacific.

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Using Soccer to Spread the Word About the Plight of the Rohingya

A team of Rohingya refugees forms a soccer club in Australia and becomes a beacon of hope.

People look up at a large, beautiful memorial monument.
People look up at a large, beautiful memorial monument.

20 Years After the Bali Bombings, What Have We Learned?

For an attack with such a high casualty count, it remains underanalyzed in the West.

Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.

Negotiating an American Journalist’s Freedom From Myanmar, Part 2

Negotiator Mickey Bergman tells the harrowing story of how he and his boss Bill Richardson got an imprisoned journalist out of Myanmar.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.

Penny Wong Wants Australia to Be More Than a Supporting Player

Can the new foreign minister escape the slipstream of the superpowers?

Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.
Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.

What a 19th-Century Shearer Can Teach Us About Korean-Australian Relations

People-to-people interactions are longer and deeper than the pair’s state relations.

Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.
Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Tatmadaw’s Frustration Fuels a Cycle of Violence

The junta’s tactics have grown more brutal in the face of resistance. The international community doesn’t have an answer.

A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.
A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.

Companies Quitting Myanmar Provide Hollow Victories Against Junta

The departures of France’s TotalEnergies and Norway’s Telenor have left the military regime with more money and control.

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Negotiating an American Journalist’s Freedom From Myanmar, Part 1

Season 2 of "The Negotiators" starts with the dramatic negotiations that took place to free Danny Fenster, an American journalist imprisoned in Myanmar.

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Is Italy on the Verge of Returning to Fascism?

Plus: The economic history of Australia.

Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan
Two people on a makeshift raft during flooding in Pakistan

Extreme Weather Is Brutalizing Asia

Floods, droughts, tropical storms, and heat waves are severely testing the resilience of a region with a lot of vulnerable people.

An illustration of the Thai word kuan teen
An illustration of the Thai word kuan teen

How Thai Activists Troll the Monarchy

Protesters have adopted humor and wit to critique the country’s politics.

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Myanmar security forces

Engagement With Myanmar’s Junta Has Failed

Accelerating atrocities show there’s no point in talking to a desperate regime.

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

The Built-In Brutality of Myanmar’s Military

Ignoring what everyone else thinks is part of the junta’s mindset.

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