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October 15, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand Spiraling Toward Outright Conflict

In recent days, protests and counterprotests in Thailand have pushed the country closer to dangerous conflict between pro-democracy demonstrators, who also increasingly have called for monarchical re…

Pro-democracy demonstrators flash a three-finger salute as a royal motorcade drives past during a Thai antigovernment mass protest, on the 47th anniversary of the 1973 student uprising, in Bangkok, Thailand on October 14, 2020.

October 12, 2020

Coronavirus
The Time to Start Preparing for the Next Pandemic Is Now

The fallout from COVID-19 demonstrates that pandemics have broader economic, political and security implications that require multilateral attention.

A health worker in full personal protective equipment stands over a patient with a swab testing her for the novel coronavirus in the Beirut suburbs in Lebanon

October 13, 2020

United States
Happy 245th Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 245 years-old today. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warlike…

Navy

September 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thai Protests Focus More Explicitly on the Monarchy

Pavin Chachavalpongpun is associate professor at Kyoto University’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies. After weeks of reformist protests in Bangkok and other parts of the country, Thailand’s demo…

Pro-democracy protesters display the three-fingered salute while singing the national anthem during a mass rally to call for the ouster of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's government and reforms in the monarchy, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 20, 2020.

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.

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 11, 2020

Southeast Asia
Mainland Southeast Asia's Battle Against COVID-19

With the exception of Thailand, the five countries of mainland Southeast Asia are some of the poorest in the Asia-Pacific region. According to the World Bank, Cambodia has a per capita GDP of around …

Students of Sam Khok school wearing face masks and face shields sit as they attend a flag-raising ceremony after the Thai government eased isolation measures and introduced social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as schools nationwide reopened, at Pathum Thani province, Thailand on July 1, 2020.

July 28, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Implications of the Najib Razak Case

On Tuesday (Malaysia time), a Malaysian court found former Prime Minister Najib tun Razak guilty on seven counts of corruption, and sentenced him to twelve years in jail and a nearly $50 million fine…

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak leaves Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 28, 2020.

July 23, 2020

Southeast Asia
Do Thailand’s Weekend Protests Signal Renewed Opposition Energy?

Last weekend in Thailand, protestors demanding changes in the Thai constitution, new elections, an end to harassment of activists and other government critics, the reduction of the role of the army i…

Protesters raise their hands during a protest demanding the resignation of the government, defying the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions on large gatherings in one of the largest demonstrations since a 2014 army coup in Bangkok, Thailand on July 18, 2020.

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.