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February 1, 2009

South Korea
A Comprehensive Vision for the U.S.-ROK Alliance

The U.S.-ROK security alliance has been one of the key components of U.S. policy in Asia for over five decades, but the alliance has traditionally been premised on the narrow coldwar task of guarante…

Support for KORUS FTA

August 14, 2008

Monetary Policy
The changing balance of global financial power

Not only do we live in a new "age of authoritarianism," but we live in a world where autocratic governments increasingly finance democratic governments. Consider a chart that shows the increase in…


February 8, 2010

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 24, 2010

Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jason Lee I have a Ph.D. in Chinese politics—which means I have an abiding faith in the idea that, yes, China actually does have politics. That’s always been true, even in…

Chinese Politics -- Not an Oxymoron!

June 21, 2010

The New Normal

Sukree Sukplang/courtesy Reuters Now that Thailand has resolved the short term crisis of the red short protestors occupying – and often destroying – parts of central Bangkok, the Thai government has…

An anti-government

July 1, 2010

A Response to “Asia Alone”

Jim Young/courtesy Reuters In Liz Economy’s assessment of Simon Tay’s new book Asia Alone, she writes that Tay argues that the United States should accept ASEAN as a full partner in a more multilate…

U.S. President Obama shakes hands with Thailand’s PM Abhisit after  the ASEAN-US Leaders Meeting at the APEC Summit in Singapore

August 19, 2010

Web 0.2

In an increasingly competitive region, and a world where a prolonged economic slowdown looks more than likely, the countries of Southeast Asia, constantly worried about competing with China and Ind…

Mas Ayu Adnan, a student, checks her assignment at a cybercafe in Kuala Lumpur August 11, 2009.

October 18, 2010

Politics and Government
Truthiness in Cairo

Cairo - It used to be that Egypt did big things based on big ideas. The Aswan High Dam, unity with Syria, Nasserism, the Crossing (of the Suez Canal), infitah, and peace with Israel, to name just …

Truthiness in Cairo

October 6, 2010

Quiet Bombs

On Tuesday, a bombing at an apartment building in Bangkok killed three people and wounded four others. This attack got only minimal coverage in the international media – largely because, over the p…

A local resident watches from inside his damaged house as investigators inspect the site of a bombing in the suburbs of Bangkok

October 8, 2010

What Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Means for the Rest of China

All the political swirl surrounding Liu Xiaobo and his Nobel Peace Prize will soon die down, returning again no doubt when the prizes are actually awarded in December. For me, as I have written in pr…

A policeman stands guard as reporters wait at the entrance of a residential compound where Liu Xia, the wife of Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, lives in Beijing October 8, 2010. Imprisoned Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, an announcement that Beijing had anticipated and bitterly criticised. Reuters/Petar Kujundzic