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March 20, 2024

CFR Welcomes Sue Mi Terry and Rush Doshi as Asia Fellows

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) welcomes Sue Mi Terry and Rush Doshi to the David Rockefeller Studies Program. Terry will be joining CFR on March 25 as a senior fellow for Korea studies bas…


Asia's Challenge to the Global Economy

Amid the talk of deglobalization, China’s goods trade surplus has increased in size relative to China’s economy since 2019 and its manufactured surplus is now at all time high relative to the GDP of …

March 20, 2024

South Korea
The U.S. Election and South Korean Anxieties

Today is my last day at CFR, which marks the conclusion of over fifteen years of contributions to Asia Unbound. My publications and contributions to CFR remain in archives on the website. 

Military personnel carry U.S. and South Korean flags as people wait for an official state arrival ceremony for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and First Lady Kim Keon Hee on the South Lawn of the White House on April 26, 2023.

January 10, 2024

Bangladesh’s Sham Election and the Regression of Democracy in South and Southeast Asia

Bangladesh’s unfree election is part of a larger trend of democratic regression in South and Southeast Asia.

Woman in a light green wrap sits at an ornate wooden desk outside in front of two red and green flags.

January 22, 2024

Pakistan’s Lukewarm February Election—Just Another Sign of South and Southeast Asia’s Democratic Failure

Ruling elites in South and Southeast Asia have stacked the electoral deck in their favor, hindering the chances of opposition parties.

A group of protestors stand on an elevated surface holding their hands in the air in front of building.

October 30, 2023

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Has Become a Hotbed of Transnational Repression

Whatever taboo existed against extraterritorial renditions and executions in other places around the world never really existed in mainland Southeast Asia.

Protestors stand in front of a red brick wall of the Cambodian Embassy in Bangkok while holding paper posters of the face of the abducted Thai dissident, Wanchalearm Satsaksit.

September 25, 2023

Russia’s Influence in Southeast Asia Is Fading

Russia saw its full-spectrum engagement with Southeast Asia pay dividends following its all-out invasion of Ukraine. But its brief interlude of greater influence in the region is now waning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stand next to each other in front of the flags of ASEAN countries.

September 21, 2023

Moscow’s Influence Wanes in Southeast Asia

Moscow's influence in Southeast Asia is drastically waning.

President Vladimir Putin sits at a desk with a flag behind him.

November 20, 2023

The Future of the IMEC Hinges on a Stable West Asia

This multi-state project could establish India, instead of China, as the Asian authority on trade. However, Delhi’s track record on economic corridors is mixed.

Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, walks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official visit to Abu Dhabi on July 15, 2023.

October 24, 2023

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Becomes a Hotbed For Extraterritorial Renditions and Assassinations

Prime Minister Trudeau’s accusation that the Indian government killed a Sikh leader in Canada highlights the growing prevalence of extraterritorial renditions in Southeast Asia.

Protestors stand outside while holding up white paper signs in Thai script.