Southeast Asia

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Singaporean, Chinese, and French naval vessels sail near Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 15, 2017.

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.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses counterparts at the ASEAN-U.S. summit, held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic, from Hanoi on Nov. 14, 2020.

Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia

The United States needs to act fast to strengthen ties and reassure partners.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

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.

Arakan protesters hold banners and flags during an anti-coup protest in Yangon, Myanmar.

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.

Filipinos protest China in the South China Sea.

A Confused Biden Team Risks Losing Southeast Asia

If the region continues to drift toward China, Washington has only itself to blame.

Anthony Fauci briefs the press on COVID-19.

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.

Protests against the coup in Myanmar

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.

Protesters take part in a demonstration against the military coup in Myanmar.

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.

Woman receives Sinovac vaccine in Indonesia

Indonesia Is Quietly Warming Up to China

Once inching toward war, the Asian giants are getting closer—while Washington seems unserious and disengaged.

Myanmar nationals hold a vigil in Thailand

Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations

The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.

Filipinos protest against China's incursions into Philippine territorial waters, in Manila on June 21, 2019.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrives at Osan Air Base.

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.

A Thai Buddhist monk gets a shot of Sinovac vaccine

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.

Soldiers and police gather during protests in Yangon, Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Opposition Wants U.S. Intervention. Here Are Some Options.

Washington has choices, from imposing no-fly zones to tightening sanctions.

The Sydney Opera House at dawn.

Australia Is the New Hermit Kingdom

Closed borders have shut out a diverse citizenry.