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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to the media on April 24 in Auckland.

A Global Call to End Online Extremism

Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela’s opposition continues.

Thailand’s “Red Shirts,” a group that began in support of Thaksin Shinawatra and against the military government, protest in Bangkok on March 31. (Lauren DeCicca/Getty Images)

Thailand’s Groundhog Day

The recent election replayed a similar vote from 1992. And if the historical precedent is any guide, Thai politics are about to get even messier.

Princess Ubolratana of Thailand at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, in 2008. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai Politics Has a Princess but No Storybook Endings

With elections coming, the junta still fears the specter of Thaksin Shinawatra.

Hakeem al-Araibi, a former Bahrain national team soccer player with refugee status in Australia, is escorted by immigration police to a court in Bangkok on Dec. 11, 2018.

FIFA Cares About Cash, Not Players

By allowing a refugee soccer player to remain stranded in Thailand, soccer’s governing body is scoring another own goal.

CIA Director nominee Gina Haspel waits for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 9. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA

Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in 2014.

America’s Biggest Southeast Asian Ally Is Drifting Toward China

Thailand has been slipping into Beijing's orbit for decades. It's time for Trump to make a counter-offer.

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This picture taken on May 29, 2013 shows a fisherman sitting on his boat as he pulls his net from the Mekong river in Wiang Kaen, a district in the northern Thai province of Chiang Rai bordering Laos.  The waters of the mighty Mekong have sustained generations of families but nowadays its fishermen often find their nets empty and fear hydropower mega-dams will destroy their livelihoods.     AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Mekong Plans Threaten Disaster for Countries Downstream

Beijing is building hydroelectric dams and dredging to allow bigger boats as worries of environmental devastation grow.

(L to R) Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Indonesia's President Joko Widodo, Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte link hands during the 12th Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) Summit, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit, in Manila on April 29, 2017.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned Southeast Asian leaders on April 29 they were facing a "massive" illegal drug menace that could destroy their societies, as he called for a united response. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Noel CELIS        (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

How Not to Lose Asia to China

There's a hunger in the Pacific for U.S. involvement. And it's good for America, too.

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How to Get Tough on China, in Six Easy Steps

Trump promises to stand up to Beijing, but if he gets it wrong, the blowback could haunt his presidency.

SANTIAGO, CHILE - FEBRUARY 03:  Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones performs live on stage during the America Latina Ole Tour 2016 at Estadio Nacional on February 03, 2016 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Carlos Muller/Getty Images for TDF Productions)

The Foreign Policy Wonk’s Best Songs of 2016

From Filipino folk to Ukrainian pop to the Rolling Stones, it was a turbulent political year, with a soundtrack to match.

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Thailand Crowns a New King

But the monarch has big shoes to fill — at a time when Thailand needs steady leadership most.

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A Chance for Change in the New Thailand

Now that the king is gone, can Thailand’s opposition come together to challenge the ruling military junta?

Women hold portraits of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as they pray for his health at Siriraj Hospital, where the king is being treated, in Bangkok on October 12, 2016.
Thailand's junta chief said he planned to hold talks with the Crown Prince following days of unprecedented concern over the health of ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej. / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN        (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Thailand’s Junta (Respectfully) Wants the Monarchy To Know Who’s Boss

The military cooperated with the royal family for decades – but now it wants a subordinate, not a partner.

Bangkok, THAILAND:  Ten thousands of Thais gather to take part in a candle-lighting ceremony of the celebrates 79th birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej near Grand palace in Bangkok, 05 December 2006. Bangkok was awash with royal yellow and the streets flickered with candlelight as tens of thousands of Thais paid tribute to their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej on his 79th birthday.  AFP PHOTO/STR  (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Thai Mourners Are Leaving Hundreds of Thousands of Pounds of Trash Outside the Royal Palace

Thai mourners are gathering to say goodbye to their king. But they're also leaving behind piles of trash.

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Heavy Lies the Crown

The long career of Thailand’s king offers a study in the virtues of constitutional monarchy — and in the immense challenges of royal rule.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - NOVEMBER 7: Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits on a wheelchair as he leaves the Siriraj hospital on November 7, 2007, in Bangkok, Thailand. The 79 year-old King is the world's longest reigning monarch and had been recovering in hospital since October 13 after suffering a blood clot in his brian.  (Photo by Chumsak Kanoknan/ Getty Images)

The King Is Dead. Is Thailand’s Monarchy Next?

Thailand’s revered king held the country together for more than 70 years. But his son’s succession could threaten everything he built.

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