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January 13, 2010

China
Reading Asia’s Rise

In recent months, as Asia has weathered the financial crisis better than the West, and the Obama administration has taken a deferential approach toward China, numerous new books have declared that, f…

February 1, 2010

China
The China Factor in Southeast Asia’s Arms Spree

On the surface, Southeast Asia in 2010 appears relatively peaceful. The saber-rattling between Thailand and Cambodia over a disputed border temple appears to be dying down, and internal conflicts in …

February 26, 2010

Thailand
Report from Thailand: Thaksin’s Return?

As a stay this week in Chiang Mai has shown me, Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Thai prime minister forced out by a coup in 2006, isn’t going away as a political force. Chiang Mai and the North are Th…

March 9, 2010

Thailand
What’s Rallying Thaksin’s Supporters?

In the wake of the February 26 court decision seizing the majority of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra’s assets, the whole Thai political class is wondering what happens next, and Thaksi…

December 10, 2010

Congresses and Parliaments
Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

Above the fold. The White House is wrapping up its year-end Afghanistan strategy review.  Its conclusion, perhaps not surprisingly, looks to be that the surge strategy President Obama announced a …

Friday File: Afghanistan Strategy Review

March 14, 2011

United States
Yudhoyono and Wikileaks

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrives at the Noi Bai airport for his return home in Hanoi on October 27, 2010. (Nguyen Huy Kham/Courtesy Reuters) On Friday, Asia Sentinel and the Au…

Indonesia’s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrives at the Noi Bai airport for his return home in Hanoi on October 27, 2010.

April 27, 2011

Thailand
Thailand and Cambodia: The Endgame?

Thai soldiers are seen during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, following armed clashes on a disputed border area between Cambodia and Thailand, at a makeshift camp in Surin province,…

Thai soldiers are seen during a visit by Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, following armed clashes on a disputed border area between Cambodia and Thailand, at a makeshift camp in Surin province, 30 km (19 miles) from the Thai-Cambodia border, April 27, 2011.

February 9, 2011

Thailand
Are Thailand and Cambodia Heading to War?

A Cambodian soldier smokes a cigarette at the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia February 9, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) Over the past week, fight…

A Cambodian soldier smokes a cigarette at the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia

April 29, 2011

Thailand
Can Thailand and Cambodia Step Back from the Brink?

Thai army tanks travel on a road near the Thai-Cambodia border in Surin province April 28, 2011. (Sukree Sukplang/Courtesy Reuters) A temporary ceasefire in the fighting over the disputed Preah Vihe…

Thai army tanks travel on a road near the Thai-Cambodia border in Surin province April 28, 2011.

April 26, 2011

Thailand
Thailand and Cambodia Fighting Again Over Preah Vihear

Cambodian soldiers walk at the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia February 9, 2011. (Damir Sagolj/Courtesy Reuters) Over the past week, fighting has flared …

Cambodian soldiers walk at the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple on the border between Thailand and Cambodia February 9, 2011.