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December 17, 2009

Malaysia
Party Like It’s 1999

Looking at Malaysia these days from 20,000 feet, you could be forgiven for thinking it’s 1999, and not 2009. The prime minister, a longtime power player in the ruling coalition, fights for his life a…

August 19, 2010

Thailand
Web 0.2

In an increasingly competitive region, and a world where a prolonged economic slowdown looks more than likely, the countries of Southeast Asia, constantly worried about competing with China and Ind…

Mas Ayu Adnan, a student, checks her assignment at a cybercafe in Kuala Lumpur August 11, 2009.

May 2, 2011

Politics and Government
TWE on Camera: What Does Bin Laden’s Death Mean for Politics Here at Home?

A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered at Ground Zero in New York on May 2, 2011 to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. (Finbarr O'Reilly/courtesy Reuters) CFR…

A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden at the construction site at Ground Zero in New York on May 2, 2011.

May 20, 2011

United States
Gauging Obama’s Mideast Policy Speech

Obama is seen on a television in the background of a barber shop near Ramallah (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters) Below is my reaction to President Obama’s Mideast policy speech. You can also fin…

Obama is seen on a television in the background of a barber shop near Ramallah (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters)

September 27, 2011

Health
How We Die

A girl prays near graves on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Ramallah on August 30, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). Although it is probably a misattribution, Joseph Stalin is reported to have …

A girl prays near graves on Eid al-Fitr at a cemetery in Ramallah on August 30, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

January 1, 2012

Israel
Resumed Israeli-Palestinian Talks Are Risky But Necessary

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat speaks during a news conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah on January 2, 2012. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will meet this week after more than …

Resumed Israeli-Palestinian Talks Are Risky But Necessary

November 21, 2011

Palestinian Territories
Jordan’s Unusual Palestinian Diplomacy

King Abdullah of Jordan speaks with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas during a welcoming ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 21, 2011 (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters). Jordan’s …

King Abdullah of Jordan (L) speaks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a welcoming ceremony in the West Bank city of Ramallah November 21, 2011. Abdullah arrived in Ramallah on Monday for a rare visit to the Israeli-occupied West Bank, as the Palestinians pursue statehood in a region riveted by the slide towards civil war in Syria and mounting unrest in Egypt (Mohamad Torokman/Courtesy Reuters).

August 2, 2012

United States
Middle East Matters This Week: Annan’s Resignation, Syria’s Escalation, and Egypt’s Plodding Government Formation

Significant Middle East Developments Annan Resignation. Kofi Annan, the UN and Arab League envoy for Syria, tendered his resignation today, having served in the position since late February. In a st…

UN-Arab League mediator Kofi Annan addresses a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva on August 2, 2012 (Denis Balibous/Courtesy Reuters).

April 18, 2013

Malaysia
Situating Malaysia’s Thirteenth General Election: Not All About the Outcome

Meredith Weiss is an associate professor in the department of political science at the University of Albany. If all goes according to plan, election-watchers of all sorts will be thick on the ground…

Malaysians listen to speeches during an election campaign in Kajang outside Kuala Lumpur on April 17, 2013.

July 29, 2013

China
The Return of Japan

When I was doing research in the mid-2000s for my first book, Charm Offensive, on how China was becoming more influential economically and diplomatically in Southeast Asia, I came into the project wo…

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe accepts a gift from Win Aung, the chairman of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI), at a Myanmar-Japan business seminar at the UMFCCI premises in Yangon on May 25, 2013.  (Stringer/ Courtesy Reuters)