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November 9, 2020

Southeast Asia
Myanmar’s Election: NLD Seems to Win Sizable Victory

On Sunday, Myanmar held its first national elections since 2015, when Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a smashing victory in the first free and fair national elections in th…

A supporter of National League for Democracy (NLD) holds two portraits of Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi as people gather to celebrate at party headquarters after the general election in Yangon, Myanmar, on November 9, 2020.

October 16, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: What to Do About Afghanistan?

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential contenders are saying about foreign policy. This week: how Donald Trump and Joe Biden say the United States should deal with Afghanistan

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September 3, 2020

Southeast Asia
A Review of “Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge” by Murray Hiebert

Hunter Marston is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University. His research focuses on great power competition in Southeast Asia. According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is …

A train runs through, during the groundbreaking ceremony of the cooperation between Thailand and China on the Bangkok-Nong Khai high speed rail development in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on December 21, 2017.

October 10, 2019

Southeast Asia
A Review of “The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century”

By Hunter Marston and Joshua Kurlantzick Hunter Marston is a doctoral candidate at Australian National University. In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news …

Myanmar Author Thant Myint-U speaks during the DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Jaipur on January 23, 2012.

July 6, 2017

Myanmar
The NLD-Led Government in Myanmar Looks Eerily Familiar on Press Freedom

The National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government in Myanmar has now been in office for more than a year, with Aung San Suu Kyi as de facto head of government. Suu Kyi certainly wields sizable i…

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March 8, 2017

Japan
Japan: Women of Influence

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. This comes five days after Japan’s Hinamatsuri, or Girls’ Day, the day in which the nation celebrates the bright future of its young daughters. On this s…

April 12, 2016

Myanmar
Troubling Early Signs in Myanmar’s New Government

The expectations for Myanmar’s new, National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government are almost impossibly high. After five decades under military or quasi-military rule, many Myanmar citizens expe…

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March 17, 2016

Myanmar
Myanmar’s Transition and the U.S. Role

Last November, Myanmar held its first truly free national elections in twenty-five years. In the months leading up to the vote, members of the opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), foreign …

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March 15, 2016

Asia
Who is Htin Kyaw, Myanmar’s Presumptive President?

Htin Kyaw, who is almost surely going to be the new president of Myanmar, was so unknown to the international media that when he was nominated last week for president by the National League for Democ…

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January 22, 2016

Pakistan
Friday Asia Update: Five Stories From the Week of January 22, 2016

Rachel Brown, Lincoln Davidson, Ariella Rotenberg, Ayumi Teraoka, Gabriel Walker, and James West look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Terrorists kill twenty-one in attack on Pakistani univer…

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