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February 21, 2020

Southeast Asia
Duterte Terminates the Visiting Forces Agreement … or Does He?

Last week, after hinting at it for some time, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte officially announced he would terminate the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States. Under the agreem…

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his fourth State of the Nation Address at the Philippine Congress in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 22, 2019.

February 20, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Continues to Struggle to Confront the Coronavirus

Although Southeast Asia remains the region where the coronavirus is most likely to spread in significant numbers, most of the region’s states remain significantly underprepared to deal with the virus…

Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers pose during an emergency meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the coronavirus outbreak in Vientiane, Laos on February 20, 2020.

February 3, 2020

Coronavirus
Southeast Asian Governments Struggle Against the Coronavirus Test

The coronavirus which originated in Wuhan, China, continues to spread around the globe. New cases are being discovered every day. Last week, the first domestically transmitted cases were reported in …

Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha wearing a protective mask is seen during a visit at the arrival hall at the Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International airport in Thailand, on January 29, 2020.

February 10, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Horrific Mass Shooting in Thailand: Some Thoughts

Over the weekend, Thailand suffered a horrific mass shooting, in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, known as Korat. A gunman apparently angered about a land dispute attacked his commanding o…

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha gives a press conference following a mass shooting at Terminal 21 Mall in Korat, Thailand on February 9, 2020.

January 30, 2020

Southeast Asia
The Uncertainty of Vietnam’s Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy

In a major new defense white paper, its first in ten years, Vietnam has signaled that it could abandon its long-standing foreign policy strategy of hedging between major powers like China and the Uni…

Anti-China protesters hold placards during a demonstration in front of the Chinese embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam on August 6, 2019.

January 27, 2020

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asian Governments Squeeze Freedom of the Press

Southeast Asia has never been an easy environment for reporters. The region contains two of the most repressive states in the world, Laos and Vietnam, which are ranked by Freedom House as “not free” …

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January 24, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Political Treadmill Keeps Running

This week, Thailand’s constitutional court found Thailand’s Future Forward Party, one of the two most prominent opposition parties, not guilty of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy. This verdict ke…

Thailand's opposition Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speak to his party supporters during a news conference after the Constitutional Court ruled that key figures of the opposition Future Forward Party were not guilty of opposing the monarchy, at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on January 21, 2020.

January 13, 2020

Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen’s Victory: A Few Initial Notes

Although Taiwan’s presidential election seemed, in the middle of last year, like it was going to be a close contest, this past weekend incumbent Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP…

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen and the Democratic Progressive Party's (DPP) vice presidential candidate William Lai attend the final campaign rally ahead of the elections in Taipei, Taiwan on January 10, 2020.

January 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to dig up, Khao Sod has built a reputation as one of the most res…

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (L) shakes hands with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha (R) at Government House in Bangkok, Thailand on July 24, 2017.

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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