Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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Demonstrators rally to protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on February 22, 2021. Stringer/Reuters

Myanmar: Optimism and Fear

Over the weekend, and into Monday Myanmar time, the situation in the country continues to disintegrate. Although the civil disobedience movement continues to show its strength, with large demonstrations over the weekend and on Monday, the armed forces have begun to crack down with deadly force in Mandalay and other parts of the country; police killed two protestors in Mandalay on Saturday, and injured at least twenty others. Read More

Reimagining China-Brazil Relations Under the BRI: The Climate Imperative
At this moment of profound global uncertainty and unprecedented socioeconomic crisis in Brazil, it is difficult to speculate about the future direction of the China-Brazil relationship. The two countries would have much to gain by adopting a shared commitment to social and environmental sustainability.
The Extension of the Digital Silk Road to Latin America: Advantages and Potential Risks
The Digital Silk Road's extension to Latin America has had both advantages and potential risks for states in Latin America and the Caribbean.
China’s Growing Trade and Investment in Latin America Outpaces Its Influence in the Region’s Media and Civil Society
The dramatic growth in trade and investment relations between China and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) has not yet translated into a significant expansion of Beijing’s influence over the region’s media and civil society.
  • Southeast Asia
    COVID-19 Batters Asia’s Already-Struggling Democracies
    Over the past fifteen years, democracy across Asia has regressed. Although the region still has strong democracies like South Korea, Japan and Taiwan, many other leading Asian democracies and countri…
  • Southeast Asia
    Thailand’s Dangerous Political Interregnum
    Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center of Southeast Asian Studies. King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended the throne in October 2016, ending the authoritative and l…
  • Southeast Asia
    Cambodia Begins Oil Production, But Who Will Benefit?
    Late last year, Cambodia finally began oil production, from offshore fields in the Gulf of Thailand. A joint venture between the Cambodian government and Singaporean company KrisEnergy Ltd started pr…
  • South Korea
    U.S.-South Korea Alliance: A New Vision For The Global Challenges Ahead
    This article is co-authored with Chaesung Chun, Patrick Cronin and Sang-hyun Lee. The U.S.-South Korea alliance has survived for almost seven decades, and has sustained peace on the Korean peninsu…
  • China
    "Road Kill in a Game of Chicken": China, Canada, and the United States
    It has been over two years since Chinese officials detained Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. How the next U.S. administration handles this issue could foreshadow the future of U.S.-Canada relations.
  • Southeast Asia
    Southeast Asia Events to Watch: Part 2
    The effects of COVID-19 on Southeast Asia’s health, economies, and political systems will not be the only stories to watch in the region in 2021, although they will surely be among the most important…
  • Southeast Asia
    Southeast Asia Events to Watch in 2021: Part 1
    The past year was a highly eventful one in Southeast Asia. The region suffered significantly from the global pandemic, and yet it also contained some of the states with the best records on COVID-19 i…