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April 9, 2009

United States
The US is exporting its recession (by not importing)

The trade deficit continued to shrink in February, even though oil prices stopped falling. Chalk that up to a huge slide in non-oil imports. Non-oil goods imports were down 25% y/y. Automobile…

The US is exporting its recession (by not importing)

December 16, 2009

Thailand’s Southern Insurgency

While most of the US policy-making community focuses on the AfPak theater, in southern Thailand another violent insurgency, which has attracted virtually no media attention, has proven nearly as dead…

December 17, 2009

Party Like It’s 1999

Looking at Malaysia these days from 20,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1999, and not 2009. The prime minister, a longtime power player in the ruling coalition, fights for his life a…

December 22, 2009

Power and Pique: Cambodia’s Uighur Deportation

The news this week that Cambodia would deport a group of Uighurs who had fled China and turned up in Phnom Penh, via an underground railroad route normally used by Koreans fleeing North Korea, sparke…

December 29, 2009

Thailand and Cambodia Compete to Throw Out Refugees

News this week that the Thai government would begin forcibly repatriating some 4,000 Hmong back to Laos was greeted by condemnations from the UN, the United States, and various human rights organizat…

January 8, 2010

Ten for the Teens

It’s that time, and everyone is doing it, so I thought I should try my hand. Ten predictions for the teens, 2010-2020, in Southeast Asia. (I encourage colleagues to venture predictions for their area…

January 13, 2010

Reading Asia’s Rise

In recent months, as Asia has weathered the financial crisis better than the West, and the Obama administration has taken a deferential approach toward China, numerous new books have declared that, f…

January 26, 2010

Looking Back: Human Rights in 2009

Although it was buried amidst the past month’s news of the global financial crisis and Barack Obama’s struggles to maintain any political momentum, the global monitoring group Freedom House released …

February 1, 2010

The China Factor in Southeast Asia’s Arms Spree

On the surface, Southeast Asia in 2010 appears relatively peaceful. The saber-rattling between Thailand and Cambodia over a disputed border temple appears to be dying down, and internal conflicts in …

February 2, 2010

Lessons for Haiti from the Asian Tsunami

In the rush to save as many of the injured from the Haiti earthquake and to provide basic social services in Port-au-Prince, there has been less focus on how to prevent the tragedy’s aftermath from b…