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October 31, 2014

Cambodia
hun sen Hun Sen’s Cambodia: A Review

Although the Vietnam War, including the “sideshow” war in Cambodia, has been the subject of thousands of books, post-war Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos have gotten relatively little treatment from Weste…

December 1, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_11.9.2017 Cambodia’s Crackdown and U.S. Policy

Over the last year, Cambodia’s ruling party, the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP), has dramatically increased its pressure on its political opponents and civil society. Democracy in Cambodia has always…

November 13, 2017

Philippines
Trump-Duterte_11.12.2017 Trump's Visit to the Philippines: A Budding Bromance but Few Positive Outcomes

Part One The meeting between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte was highly anticipated, and—for theater—the two leaders did not disappoint. The two leaders hav…

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Trump-Prayuth-10.2.2017 Southeast Asia’s Democratic Backsliding in the Age of “America First”

Southeast Asia’s democratic regression has taken a dramatic turn for the worse in the past few years. In Thailand, the military junta, which seized power in 2014 from an elected government, oversaw t…

October 27, 2017

Southeast Asia
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha shakes hands with U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Washington, D.C., October 2, 2017. Southeast Asia’s Democratic Decline in the America First Era

President Trump appears little troubled by the sharp democratic decline in Southeast Asia, but the rise of authoritarianism could hurt U.S. interests in the region.

October 10, 2017

Cambodia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism

For decades, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the longest-serving nonroyal ruler in Asia, has played a delicate political game. While using a wide range of tactics—co-option of opposition party lead…

October 8, 2017

Israel
The Coming Confrontation Between Israel and Iran

In the United States, discussions of Iran have for the last few years been mostly about the JCPOA—the nuclear deal negotiated by President Obama. In the Middle East, things are different. This is …

September 26, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_6.28.2017 2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia continues, extending a trend that has been at work in the region for more than a decade.

September 5, 2017

Southeast Asia
Hun Sen_campaign_6.2.2017 Just When You Thought Southeast Asia’s Democratic Regression Couldn’t Get Any Worse …

Part Two Read Part One here.  Could the situation for democracy in Southeast Asia, which had seemed on the verge of having multiple consolidated democracies in the 2000s, get worse these days? …

September 14, 2017

Gender
Akilah Connecting Women’s Education to the Workforce in Africa

Voices from the Field features contributions from scholars and practitioners highlighting new research, thinking, and approaches to development challenges. This article is authored by Karen Sherman, …