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December 8, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_11.8.2017 The Trump Administration Takes Action Against the Hun Sen Government

Over the past year, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and his ruling party have gone from simply repressing civil society and opposition parties to taking steps that are creating a fully authoritarian…

June 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_3.31.2018 Cambodia’s Election is Pre-Determined, but What Happens Afterward?

In the run-up to Cambodia’s national elections, due in July, Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken no chances of an upset, of a political shocker similar to the opposition win in Malaysia in early May. Ju…

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Kim Jong Un Cyber Whether The Kim-Trump Summit in Singapore Succeeds or Fails, North Korean Cyberattacks Likely to Continue

Getting Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons will be hard. Getting him to give up North Korea's formidable offensive cyber capability will be even harder. 

May 4, 2018

Southeast Asia
ASEAN Singapore Summit_4.28.2018 ASEAN Meets, But Remains Mostly Silent on Major Regional Issues

ASEAN’s latest summit in Singapore produced little of substance on important issues like the ongoing crisis in Myanmar or the South China Sea.

April 17, 2018

Europe
Good Friday Agreement negotiators stand for a group photograph at an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Peace Talks. Belfast, April 10, 2018. Women's Participation in Peace Negotiations in Northern Ireland Made Them Less Likely to Fail

Twenty years ago, the landmark Good Friday Agreement ended 30 years of violence (known as the Troubles) between British Protestant unionists and the Irish Catholic nationalists. A critical factor tha…

February 29, 2016

United States
Cruz Feb 2016 Sen. Ted Cruz and the Myth of Carpet Bombing

On December 5, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while speaking at the FreedomWorks “Rising Tide” Summit in Des Moines, Iowa, made the alarming pledge, “If I am elected president, we will utterly destroy ISIS…We …

January 16, 2018

Southeast Asia
Prayuth cutout_1.9.2018 Southeast Asia’s Press Freedoms Collapse: 2018 Could Be Worse for Southeast Asian Democracy Than 2017

As I noted late last year, 2017 was a disastrous year for democracy in Southeast Asia. Democratic rights and freedoms already have been in decline in Southeast Asia for more than a decade, but 2017 w…

October 31, 2014

Cambodia
hun sen Hun Sen’s Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the “sideshow” war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from Weste…

December 28, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_12.3.2017 Events in Southeast Asia to Watch in 2018

Part One Southeast Asia, like many parts of the world, had a turbulent 2017, with many of the biggest challenges related to a rollback in rights and democracy, and the strength of populism in the …

December 8, 2017

Elections and Voting
Elections 2018 Ten Elections to Watch in 2018

Millions of people around the world voted in elections this year. The French elected Emmanuel Macron president, while South Koreans elected Moon Jae-in president. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani won …