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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.

March 19, 2020

Asia
Coronavirus Lessons From Asia

As the United States, the United Kingdom, and European nations face rising tolls from the coronavirus pandemic, their slow, often confused initial responses have come under widespread criticism. C…

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in gets briefed during his visit to a medical center in Daegu, South Korea, on February 25, 2020.

March 16, 2020

China
China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Despite an initially horrendous response to the coronavirus, covering up initial warning signs, suppressing information about it, and allowing some five million people to leave Wuhan in a rush before…

Chinese President Xi Jinping learns about the hospital's operations, treatment of patients, protection for medical workers and scientific research at the Huoshenshan Hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Hubei province, China on March 10, 2020.

March 16, 2020

Southeast Asia
Has Malaysia’s Democratic Experiment Imploded?

In recent weeks, Malaysian politics have been upended by a series of dramatic moves, countermoves, and reversals. Less than two years after the landmark May 2018 election that ousted Malaysia’s long-…

Malaysia's Prime Minister Designate and former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin waves to reporters before his inauguration as the eighth prime minister, outside his residence in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 1, 2020.

March 12, 2020

China
China’s State Media Outlets: The White House Cracks Down, But How Much of a Threat Are They?

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has taken increasingly tough measures against Chinese state media outlets operating in the United States. The White House has forced state broadcasters like …

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to China's Vice Premier Liu He as Vice President Mike Pence looks on during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House on January 31, 2019.

March 6, 2020

Cybersecurity
Cyber Week in Review: March 6, 2020

DOJ indicts two Chinese nationals for helping launder proceeds of North Korean cryptocurrency hack; Controversial bill on liability for child abuse content to be introduced; Cybersecurity firm claims…

A sign advertising the Qihoo 360 Technology Co Ltd is hung with the U.S. and Chinese flags outside of the New York Stock Exchange before the company's Initial Public Offering (IPO).

March 2, 2020

Asia
U.S.-ASEAN Relations—No Summit, But What’s the Status

The planned summit between representatives from the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and U.S. President Donald J. Trump in Las Vegas has been postponed, because of …

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo poses with his ASEAN counterparts for a family photo during the ASEAN Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand on August 1, 2019.