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January 24, 2011

Renewable Energy
Should We Eliminate All Energy Subsidies?

Writing in the Washington Post a couple weeks ago, Jeffrey Leonard argued that Congress should scrap all energy subsidies – and that clean energy would come out ahead. The op-ed was a shorter version…

April 19, 2012

Myanmar
U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

Joshua Kurlantzick and Lex Rieffel assess the challenges and opportunities of modifying U.S. political and economic policy toward Myanmar.

April 19, 2012

Myanmar
U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

Following Myanmar's April by-elections, the United States and others have discussed the possibility of lifting sanctions, opening aid and investment opportunities, and normalizing diplomatic relation…

July 12, 2005

Indonesia
INDONESIA: Local Elections

This publication is now archived. What is the significance of Indonesia’s local elections?They are the first direct elections for district and provincial leaders in the world’s most populous Muslim c…

April 2, 2012

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Elections: Is Reform Real?

The elections brought democratic forces into parliament for the first time in fifty years. But Myanmar’s rapid reforms still must be viewed as small steps in a country where military forces retain co…

April 23, 2012

Conflict Prevention
Understanding Illicit Networks

We all know that, in recent decades, businesses have internationalized their operations like never before, but a less well-known result of globalization is that transnational criminal enterprises hav…

Police officers look on as a road roller is used to destroy confiscated pornographic DVDs and pirated publications in Xi'an

February 16, 2012

Asia
Myanmar’s Drug Problem

In an extensive article in the Bangkok Post, Australian National University professor Desmond Ball, a longtime expert on Myanmar, highlights the issue that, above all, may be the trickiest to solve i…

Desmond  Ball and Joshua Kurlantzick believe that Myanmar military units are closely involved in the shipping of drugs into neighboring Thailand and Laos.

June 18, 2006

Australia
Australia’s Security Role in the Pacific

Australia is assuming a more prominent role in Pacific Rim security affairs, increasingly deploying forces to troubled states in the region in an attempt to stabilize them. While its moves are welcom…

February 28, 2012

Defense and Security
Lessons Learned: The Articles of Confederation

A new installment of “Lessons Learned” is now out. This week I discuss the Articles of Confederation, America’s first constitution. It entered into effect on March 1, 1781, after Maryland became the …

May 1, 2012

Asia
Ban Ki-moon’s Trip to Myanmar

Thus far, Ban Ki-moon’s trip to Myanmar has proven surprisingly productive, and the UN chief has been far more vocal than on previous visits, when he deferred too readily to the then-military regime,…

Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) after their news conference at Suu Kyi's home in Yangon  May 1, 2012.