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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 …

January 9, 2012

Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (C) talks to his supporters while flanked by his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail after the verdict of his sodomy trial was announced in Kuala Lumpur January 9, 2012. Anwar Ibrahim Acquitted

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was acquitted Monday morning in Kuala Lumpur on sodomy charges -- the second time he has faced such charges in two decades. The decision was frankly a surpri…

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Duterte speech_8.9.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part One Over the past five years, as I have documented in a number of books, articles, and policy papers, Southeast Asia, once seen as a potential model of democratic transition, has regressed ba…

August 28, 2017

Egypt
EgyptNasser The Tragic Tale of Egypt’s Decline: Is It Also the Story of America’s Future?

Once a diverse, cosmopolitan society, Egypt has descended into corruption, inequality, and bigotry. Sound familiar?

February 8, 2010

Malaysia
Anwar and Malaysia’s Unfortunate Downturn

When has any potential success story fallen as far and as fast in recent years as Malaysia? Sure, Iceland’s economy has collapsed, after its banks made such risky loans they made American financial i…

June 2, 2017

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Israeli soldiers in front of the Dome of the Rock. How Six Days in 1967 Shaped the Modern Middle East

On the war’s fiftieth anniversary, five scholars discuss how Israel, the Palestinian territories, and the Arab world were remade.

February 19, 2015

Malaysia
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks at a rally on the eve of the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy in Kuala Lumpur, February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Olivia Harris (MALAYSIA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW) Can Malaysia’s Opposition Survive Anwar’s Jail Term?

Last week, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to jail for the second time in his life on charges of sodomy. Anwar’s jail term was set by Malaysia’s highest court at five years, a…

October 7, 2013

Egypt
HeroOfTheCrossing_CROPPED Hero of the Crossing? Anwar Sadat Reconsidered

At 2pm on October 6, 1973, operation codename “Badr” began when two hundred Egyptian aircraft—under the command of General Hosni Mubarak—screamed low over the Suez Canal on their way to Israeli airba…

December 29, 2016

Heads of State and Government
Ten World Figures Who Died in 2016

I wrote yesterday about ten Americans who died in 2016 who helped shape U.S. foreign policy during their lifetimes. But Americans are not the only ones who influence world affairs. Below are ten worl…

April 24, 2014

Malaysia
anwar-ibrahim Obama Won’t Meet Anwar, But Susan Rice Will

After sustained pressure from human rights groups, democracy advocates in Congress, and some within the Obama administration who were worried (rightly) that Obama touting Malaysia as a model democrac…