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September 16, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar Is Collapsing, and Threatens Its Entire Neighborhood

Myanmar's collapse poses a threat to countries across the region.

Man holds burning blue, red, and yellow flag, in the midst of protests in Myanmar

September 13, 2021

Southeast Asia
Podcast: Mandira Bagwandeen on China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa

As China’s Belt and Road Initiative has grown and adapted over the past decade, it often has made Africa the biggest target of its infrastructure projects and other BRI activities.

Man and woman stand on railway platform in Nairobi, pointing towards the front of a stationary train.

September 2, 2021

Southeast Asia
Thailand Roiled by Violent Unrest and COVID-19 Decimation

Amid a COVID-19 surge, Thailand's escalating protests are getting more dangerous. 

People protest over Thai government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and to demand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha's resignation, in Bangkok, Thailand, on September 2, 2021.

July 23, 2021

Southeast Asia
Malaysia Faces Crises on All Levels

Political infighting and chaotic governance is compounding the COVID-19 crisis. 

A cemetery worker wearing a protective suit helps to bury a victim of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a cemetery in Shah Alam, Malaysia, July 14, 2021.

July 20, 2021

Myanmar
Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare

Myanmar Collapses into a COVID-19 Nightmare

Locals line up with their tanks to refill oxygen during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Yangon, Myanmar, July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Stringer

July 16, 2021

Wars and Conflict
Five Movies Worth Watching About Love and War

Every summer Friday, we suggest foreign-policy-themed movies worth watching. This week: films about romance amid conflict.

Three movie posters in black frames. From left: Casablanca (black and white, a man and a woman look at each other); A Farewell to Arms (a man and woman look worriedly off to the side); The English Patient (a man and woman look off to the side, a desert and airplane behind them).

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

June 30, 2021

China
China’s Communist Party Turns 100: A Major Force in Global Governance, But Cracks Exist in the Xi Era

China’s Communist Party (CCP) celebrates its one hundredth anniversary in July, although the specific date of its founding remains a bit unclear. It has long outlived most of the world’s other commun…

A man walks past a light installation marking the one hundredth founding anniversary of the Communist Party of China at a hi-tech industrial park, in Beijing, China on June 23, 2021.

June 28, 2021

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Democratic Woes Accelerate

In the past decade, Southeast Asian democracy has suffered enormous setbacks, with the exception of tiny Timor-Leste. Countries from the Philippines to Indonesia to Cambodia to Myanmar to Thailand to…

A banner showing support for Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte to run for president is seen in a community in Manila, Philippines, on April 9, 2021.

June 15, 2021

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Humanitarian Crisis Deepens

Along with the increasing repression of the Myanmar junta, which has included putting Aung San Suu Kyi on trial for sedition and other supposed crimes, detaining foreign journalists including America…

A man uses a slingshot during the security force crack down on anti-coup protesters in Mandalay, Myanmar, on March 14, 2021.