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October 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
A Review of “The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century”

By Hunter Marston and Joshua Kurlantzick Hunter Marston is a doctoral candidate at Australian National University. In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news …

Myanmar Author Thant Myint-U speaks during the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Jaipur on January 23, 2012.

September 26, 2019

Southeast Asia
While Bangladesh and Myanmar Plan Rohingya Repatriation, Rohingya in Myanmar Remain at Grave Risk

In recent months, the Myanmar government has begun pushing for some of the over one million Rohingya living in Bangladesh to return to Myanmar’s Rakhine State. As I noted in a blog post for CFR.org e…

Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi arrives at the Rakhine State Investment Fair at Ngapali beach in Thandwe, Rakhine, Myanmar on February 22, 2019.

September 18, 2019

Hong Kong
Podcast: Joshua Wong and Brian Leung on Hong Kong's Pro-democracy Movement

Ever since protests gained traction in late spring, Hong Kong has been a focal point for international attention. The protests, which drew approximately two million participants at one point, have co…

Podcast A man walks past a graffiti during a march to demand democracy and political reforms in Hong Kong, China, August 18, 2019.

September 4, 2019

Southeast Asia
Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia: A Review

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening instit…

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops at the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the twentieth anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China on June 30, 2017.

September 4, 2019

Southeast Asia
What Happens if Rohingya Stay in Bangladesh Forever?

Earlier this month, the Myanmar government embarked upon a new plan to begin repatriating Rohingya who had fled Rakhine State after waves of brutal violence there. It was the second time Naypyidaw tr…

Rohingya refugees play football at Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, March 27, 2018.

December 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Prophecy of Nigeria’s TB Joshua

Nigerians like to say that they are the happiest people in the world and the most religious. Public events commonly open and close with prayer. Causation of events, big or small is routinely ascribed…

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August 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
Nuon Chea and the Failures of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal

Earlier this month, Nuon Chea, the former number two in the Khmer Rouge’s genocidal 1975–1979 regime, died in a hospital in Phnom Penh. He was ninety-three years old.  Nuon Chea had served under Khme…

The Khmer Rouge's most senior surviving leader, “Brother Number Two” Nuon Chea, is held as he approaches the municipal court in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh on December 13, 2002.

August 6, 2019

Southeast Asia
Can Indonesia Reclaim Its Dominance of Southeast Asian Strategic Policymaking?

For the latter half of the twentieth century, after the United Nations officially recognized Indonesian independence in 1949, Indonesia dominated regional politics in Southeast Asia. But during its s…

Indonesia's President Joko Widodo sits in the cockpit of a Sukhoi fighter jet while attending a military exercise at Ranai military airbase in Natuna Island, Riau Islands province, Indonesia October 6, 2016.

August 5, 2019

Southeast Asia
Pressure Increases on Thai Activists Abroad

Over the past two years, and even as Thailand has made a transition from junta rule to, now, some kind of hybrid rule, following hotly contested but unfair elections, Thai activists living abroad hav…

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha attends the 2019 National Anti-Trafficking in Persons Day at a Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand, June 5, 2019.

July 29, 2019

Southeast Asia
China’s Soft and Sharp Power Strategies in Southeast Asia Accelerating, But Are They Having an Impact?

In a recent analysis for the Jamestown Foundation, Russell Hsiao of the Global Taiwan Institute presented a thorough and compelling case of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) influence operations in Singa…

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong shakes hands with China's President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China April 29, 2019.