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May 7, 2018

Southeast Asia
Najib_4.7.2018 Would a Victorious Najib Remake Malaysia into Turkey?

On May 9, Malaysians will go to the polls in the first national elections since 2013. Prime Minister Najib tun Razak and his allies appear poised for victory on May 9, though the race is close. And i…

June 19, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathir_6.11.2018 After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality

Following the surprise victory by Malaysia’s (former) opposition coalition in national elections in May, a spirit of jubilation erupted in much of the country, at least in regions not won by UMNO, th…

June 15, 2018

Southeast Asia
Thailand train_12.17.2017 In Southeast Asia, Belt and Road Attracts Takers, But Skepticism is Rising

Since China’s Belt and Road Initiative was formally launched in 2013, Southeast Asia has been one of the major priorities of the infrastructure investment project. Beijing launched a new high-speed r…

June 4, 2018

Bangladesh
Lawyers supporting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) shout slogans as they sit on a street during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh February 8, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammad Ponir Hossain Bangladesh’s Democratic Erosion: How Democracy Assistance Can Help

Steve Cima is resident program director for Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and Geoffrey Macdonald is principal researcher for democracy and governance at the International Republican Institute. Banglade…

May 31, 2018

Digital Policy
Pompeo Cyber Week in Review: June 1, 2018

This week: the State Department releases long awaited cyber strategies, Apple gets sucked into the Russia-Telegram fight, and Papua New Guinea bans Facebook. 

May 25, 2018

India
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Trump hold a joint news conferences at the White House. The U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy Needs More Indian Ocean

Washington will need to identify and commit to specific goals in the Indo-Pacific if this geographic and strategic approach is to be successful.

May 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
Anwar Ibrahim_10.12.2016 Malaysia’s Stunning Election Creates More Questions Rather Than Answers

In a result few pollsters and analysts (including myself) predicted, last week the Malaysian opposition coalition, led by nonagenarian former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, defeated the ruling coal…

May 16, 2018

Malaysia
Mahathir_5.12.2018 The Strategic Implications of Malaysia’s Election Stunner

By Richard Javad Heydarian Malaysia’s recent national election was a stunner for many reasons. Not only did the election return a nonagenarian to power, but it also ended the six-decades-long on…

May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Mahathri_5.9.2018 Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

May 8, 2018

Rohingya
Hannah McKay/Reuters The Rohingya Crisis and the Meaning of Genocide

Despite evidence of systematic violence against the Rohingya, countries remain reluctant to classify the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine State as genocide.