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December 21, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Recap 2018: Democracy Continues to Suffer

In addition to regression on the issue of press freedom, Southeast Asia witnessed backsliding on rights and freedoms in many other areas in 2018, with Malaysia as a notable exception to this trend. …

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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Why Aung San Suu Kyi Mostly Ignores the Rakhine Crisis

Myanmar is essentially run by one of the world’s most lauded humanitarians. Yet since her party took power last year, Aung San Suu Kyi—the country’s de facto leader, though not its official president…

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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi’s Major Speech on Rakhine State

In a major address to the Myanmar public, and the international community today, Aung San Suu Kyi gave her first significant speech about the ongoing crisis in Rakhine State. This crisis has now beco…

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December 5, 2018

Myanmar
The Rohingya Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group, are fleeing persecution in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State, fueling a historic migration crisis.

A group of Rohingya refugees after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, September 1, 2017.

December 3, 2018

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Conflicts Are Even Worse Than Often Discussed

Over the past two years, the international community, and much of the media, has focused on the situation in western Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where a brutal campaign against the Rohingya, reportedly …

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November 7, 2018

Asia
How Will the Midterm Elections Affect U.S. Foreign Policy?

This past week, the Democratic Party won control of the House of Representatives. In the Senate, however, the Democrats lost several seats, though multiple races remain uncalled. The U.S. midterm …

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November 5, 2018

Southeast Asia
NLD Fares Poorly in By-Elections, Showing Its Diminishing Popularity Among Ethnic Minorities

In by-elections held in Myanmar over last weekend, Aung San Suu Kyi's ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) (at least, ruling the civilian portion of the government), won seven of the thirteen s…

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April 28, 2017

Asia
Aung San Suu Kyi’s “Rule,” One Year In

Roughly one year after Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) party took control of Myanmar’s parliament, and Suu Kyi became de facto head of state (Myanmar has a president, but…

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September 19, 2017

Myanmar
Aung San Suu Kyi: Notably Absent from the Opening of the UN General Assembly

As the Myanmar military attacks the Rohingya minority, the country's female leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has done little to stop the violence. The harsh lesson from it all: women leaders do not always p…

A placard with the picture of Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing her of crimes against humanity, is seen at a rally near the Myanmar embassy during a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar government, in Jakarta, Indonesia September 8, 2017.

October 3, 2018

Southeast Asia
Next Steps in Addressing the Rohingya Crisis?

Last month, the State Department released a report investigating violence against Rohingya in Rakhine State in western Myanmar. Although the report concluded that the violence was “extreme, large-sca…

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