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September 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Man of Contradictions: Joko Widodo and the Struggle to Remake Indonesia” by Ben Bland

Thomas Pepinsky is Tisch University Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is the author, most recently, of …

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures as he delivers a speech ahead of the 75th Independence Day, at the parliament building in Jakarta, Indonesia, on August, 14, 2020.

August 5, 2020

China
China's Retrograde Rural Land Policies

Despite rhetoric to the contrary, rural land reform is a perennial problem for the Chinese government.

A man rides past houses at Furong village, Hunan province, China, May 10, 2018.

September 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge” by Murray Hiebert

Hunter Marston is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on great power competition in Southeast Asia. According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is …

A train runs through, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

June 18, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, June 2020: Cases in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Spike

COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in South Asia. For months, South Asia was spared the worst of the pandemic.

A man in PPE standing in front of a fire

September 10, 2020

Southeast Asia
Explaining Thailand's Growing Protests

In recent months, Thai students and other activists have staged a series of escalating protests. The demonstrations initially focused on demands for constitutional change and new elections, after las…

Anti-government protesters and students welcome Thailand's Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan with a three-fingers salute during a demonstration demanding the government to resign in Bangkok, Thailand on September 5, 2020.

July 29, 2020

Coronavirus
Coronavirus in South Asia, July 2020: No End in Sight for India

Experts continue to be concerned about low levels of COVID-19 testing across South Asia.

Children on makeshift rafts in a flooded area of Jamalpur, Bangladesh.

August 18, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand Protests Increasingly Challenge the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. A coalition of Thai youths, students and political activists has launched a series of protes…

Pro-democracy protesters raise their hands in a three-fingered salute during a rally to demand the government to resign, to dissolve the parliament and to hold new elections under a revised constitution, near the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand on August 16, 2020.

August 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Response to the United States’ Changing Approach to the South China Sea

Huong Le Thu is a senior analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. July 2020 marked a significant shift in developments regarding the South China Sea. The Trump administration announce…

The Royal Australian Navy guided-missile frigate HMAS Parramatta (L) is underway with the U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS America, the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill, and the Arleigh-Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Barry in the South China Sea on April 18, 2020.

July 15, 2020

South Korea
Remembering General Paik Sun-yup

Without Paik’s herculean effort, South Korea as we know it today—a vibrant, capitalist, and liberal democracy—wouldn’t exist.

General Paik Sun-yup, 1950

July 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Elections Have Consequences in Singapore Too

Meredith Weiss is professor and chair of political science in the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy of the University at Albany, SUNY. As anticipated, the incumbent People’s Action …

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong waves as he arrives at a People's Action Party branch office, as ballots are being counted during the general election, in Singapore on July 11, 2020.