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May 21, 2019

Southeast Asia
Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

By Petra Desatova Anand Panyarachun, the former prime minister of Thailand and a long-time central figure in Thai politics, belongs to an old generation of Thai technocrats, who shaped Thailand’s …

Anand Panyarachun

May 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Implications of Duterte’s Midterm Victory

Although in his first three years in office President Rodrigo Duterte has proven divisive internationally, this week’s midterm elections show that he retains enormous power over Philippine politics. …

Duterte_7.17.2019

December 4, 2007

Syria
Landis: Syria Key to Middle East Peace Process

Joshua Landis, a leading Syria expert, says Syria’s surprise attendance at last week’s Annapolis peace conference came after heavy lobbying.

November 3, 2006

Lebanon
Landis: Iraq War Sapping U.S. Influence in Lebanon

Joshua Landis, an expert on Syria and Lebanon, says the drawn-out Iraq conflict has fed an image of declining U.S. influence in Lebanon, which has led Hezbollah to try to weaken, if not overthrow, th…

April 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Anti-junta Coalition Has a Weak Hand—and It’s Going to Get Weaker

Although it has been more than a month since Thailand’s elections, the actual outcome remains uncertain. The final count of seats in the lower house of parliament is still unclear, since the election…

Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit_4.6.2019

May 8, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the Coronation of King Vajiralongkorn

By Pavin Chachavalpongpun and Joshua Kurlantzick The coronation of King Vajiralongkorn of Thailand, held last weekend, was the first crowning of a Thai sovereign since that of his father, the late…

Vajiralongkorn_5.5.2019

April 18, 2019

Indonesia
Indonesia’s Election: What to Expect From Jokowi’s Second Term

With another five-year term, President Joko Widodo will possibly revive economic reform efforts and could take a more skeptical view toward China.

President Joko Widodo and his vice presidential candidate Maruf Amin wave during a press conference after Indonesia's election.

April 17, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Might Jokowi Do After (Apparent) Victory?

Incumbent Indonesian president Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, appears to have handily won a second term in Indonesia’s presidential elections this week. Although the final, confirmed results will not be ava…

Jokowi_4.17.2019

April 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Jokowi’s First Term: An Assessment

This week, Indonesians will go to the polls in the country’s presidential elections. Incumbent Joko Widodo, or Jokowi, remains a strong favorite, against challenger Prabowo Subianto. Most surveys sho…

Jokowi_4.9.2019

April 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Continued Power of Militaries in an Increasingly Autocratic World

Three events this week served as a reminder that, in a world where democracy is buffeted on many fronts—the rise of populists who often undermine the rule of law, a growing disinterest in democracy p…

Prabowo_4.10.2019