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October 17, 2022

Joshua Kurlantzick: My Previous Book on State Capitalism in China—Right Idea, Wildly Underestimated

Chinese President Xi Jinping has gone much further than analysts had predicted he would in state control of the private sector in China and departure from a consensus based authoritarian system to on…

Xi Jinping

September 25, 2023

Russia’s Influence in Southeast Asia Is Fading

Russia saw its full-spectrum engagement with Southeast Asia pay dividends following its all-out invasion of Ukraine. But its brief interlude of greater influence in the region is now waning.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stand next to each other in front of the flags of ASEAN countries.

August 23, 2023

Singapore’s Social Contract Is Starting to Fray

The PAP has made unbending integrity central to its identity, magnifying the damage the recent scandals have done to the party.

Singaporean prime minister stands behind a microphone with his hands clasped wearing a black suit with blue tie.

August 14, 2023

Southeast Asia
The State of Democracy in Southeast Asia Is Bad and Getting Worse

By 2020, with the state of democracy already in dire shape, it seemed that things couldn’t get worse. And yet, in the past few years, they have.

A picture of Thai prime ministerial candidate is held up as protestors stand behind an iron fence.

June 27, 2023

Myanmar’s Junta Is Losing the Civil War

Though the military is terrorizing populations by burning villages and launching air attacks, it is not gaining any actual ground, while continuing to hemorrhage troops.

Soldiers stand inside tanks during a military parade.

June 21, 2019

Election 2020
Issue Guide: The First 2020 Democratic Presidential Debates

The Democratic field could touch on a number of foreign policy issues, from climate change to Iran, during its first prime-time sparring session.

Veteran holds U.S. flag as Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks on campaign trail.