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July 2, 2020

Southeast Asia
Singapore’s National Elections: Will a Pandemic, and a Shifting Society, Lead to a Different Result?

Last week, the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of the long-dominant People’s Action Party (PAP), declared that the city-state would hold its general election on July 10. The prime minist…

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of the ruling People's Action Party, wearing a face mask, prepares to give a speech at a nomination center ahead of the general election in Singapore on June 30, 2020.

June 24, 2020

China
China’s Approach to Global Governances Risks a Global Governance Divide

For more than two millennia, Chinese leaders saw their country as one of the dominant actors in the world. This Sino-centrist worldview has in many ways shaped China’s outlook on global governance—th…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaks while hosting a lunch with his counterparts of the permanent five veto-wielding members of the UN Security Council in New York on September 26, 2019.

June 22, 2020

India
COVID-19 and Other Inflection Points: Fifth Annual Review of Solar Scale-Up in India

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, India was moving to the forefront of the global energy transition, with plans to reach 175-gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy by 2022. Prime Minister Modi’s decisive el…

A private security guard walks between rows of photovoltaic solar panels inside a solar power plant at Raisan village near Gandhinagar, in the western Indian state of Gujarat, February 11, 2014.

June 15, 2020

Philippines
Maria Ressa’s Verdict: A Capstone for the Collapse of Press Freedom in Southeast Asia

Yesterday (U.S. time), editor Maria Ressa, one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines, and indeed in the world—she was selected as one of Time’s people of the year in 2018 and featured …

Maria Ressa in a white mask surrounded by reporters

June 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 Tests Indonesia, and Jokowi

After initiating large scale social restrictions in early April, in some parts of the country, areas of Indonesia are slowly reopening. Throughout June, authorities will gradually loosen restrictions…

Indonesian Muslims take part in prayers at a mosque during Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end the holy fasting month of Ramadan, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Lhokseumawe, Aceh Province, Indonesia on May 24, 2020.

June 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Rodrigo Duterte Goes Even Farther in Using COVID-19 to Crack Down

In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on civil society and undermine oppo…

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines on September 8, 2018.

May 6, 2020

Asia
Australia and New Zealand Are Crushing COVID-19; Will Their Reopening Strategies Work for Other Countries?

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, declared victory against her country’s coronavirus outbreak last week, stating that “There is no widespread undetected community transmission in New Zeal…

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrive together for a joint press conference at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, on February 28, 2020

April 22, 2020

Southeast Asia
COVID-19 and the South China Sea

The rapid spread of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, where the pandemic recently has hit Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines (as well as other regional states like Singapore) hard, has not stopped jo…

U.S. Navy ships from the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, the America Expeditionary Strike Group, and the U.S. 7th Fleet command ship, USS Blue Ridge, transit the Philippine Sea in formation during a photo exercise on March 24, 2020.

April 17, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Faces a One-Two Punch

As Southeast Asian countries struggle with the spread of the coronavirus, the region appears like it could be the next major COVID-19 hot spot. Malaysia, which has the biggest outbreak in Southeast A…

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo takes a look at the emergency hospital handling of COVID-19 in Kemayoran Athletes Village, to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease in Jakarta, Indonesia on March 23, 2020.

April 6, 2020

Southeast Asia
Autocrats Take Advantage of Coronavirus

Azerbaijan’s dictator, Ilham Aliyev, is a wily survivor. He woos European democracies with gas exports, hosts the Eurovision song contest and wins $100 million offers of military aid from the United …

Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen welcomes crews of MS Westerdam, a cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard might have the coronavirus, as it docks in Sihanoukville, Cambodia on February 14, 2020.