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January 14, 2019

Philippines
Rodrigo Duterte: Fire and Fury in the Philippines: A Review

In the months before Brazil’s elections in October 2018, many experts both within and outside the country dismissed the possibility that Jair Bolsonaro, a former army captain and previously obscure f…

Duterte

January 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
After Democracies Collapse

Since the mid-2000s, democracy has regressed in nearly every part of the world. Global monitoring organization Freedom House (for whom I consult on reports on several Asian states) has recorded decli…

Duterte_12.21.2016

December 20, 2018

Cambodia
Can Hun Sen Pass Power to His Children?

Charles Dunst is a journalist based in Phnom Penh. He was written for the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the South China Morning Post, and the American Prospect, among other publi…

Hun and Son

December 21, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Recap 2018: Democracy Continues to Suffer

In addition to regression on the issue of press freedom, Southeast Asia witnessed backsliding on rights and freedoms in many other areas in 2018, with Malaysia as a notable exception to this trend. …

Duterte

December 20, 2018

Democracy
Can the United States Still Promote Democracy in Asia?

During the first two years of the Trump administration, Washington has dramatically reduced its rhetorical focus on democracy promotion in Asia. For instance, the president has mostly ignored issues …

Pence Asia

December 17, 2018

Southeast Asia
2018 in Review: Press Freedom Under Assault in Southeast Asia—Maria Ressa and More

2018 was a brutal year, in many ways, for civil society activists, rights advocates, and democratic politicians throughout Southeast Asia. Cambodia’s government transformed from an autocratic regime …

Maria Ressa_12.3.2018

December 3, 2018

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Conflicts Are Even Worse Than Often Discussed

Over the past two years, the international community, and much of the media, has focused on the situation in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where a brutal campaign against the Rohingya, reportedly …

Aung San Suu Kyi_1.12.2016

November 26, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Impact of the U.S. Midterms on U.S.-Indonesia Relations

In the U.S. midterm elections, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, the U.S. lower house of Congress, for the first time since 2010, ending two years of unified Republican control …

Pence_APEC Summit_11.17.2018

January 4, 2019

Climate Change
Climate Shocks and Humanitarian Crises: Which Countries Are Most at Risk?

In an article recently published in Foreign Affairs, Joshua Busby and Nina von Uexkull identify the countries that are most at risk from climate-related instability and humanitarian crises.

Internally displaced Afghan man walks around a camp in Herat.

November 14, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Trump Administration Can Make the Free and Open Indo-Pacific Idea Work in Southeast Asia—With Vietnam as a Model

For many Southeast Asian states, the Trump White House’s new strategy for the region, the Free and Open Indo-Pacific concept, is a hard idea to sell—at least right now. The strategy vows to promote a…

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