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May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Can Mahathir Mohamad be Malaysia’s First Democratically Elected Prime Minister?

By Thomas Pepinsky On May 9, Malaysian voters delivered a stunning defeat to the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN, “National Front”) regime. Since independence in 1957, Malaysia has been ruled by a …

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May 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Initial Questions About the Malaysian Election Upset

Part 1 Earlier this week, the opposition coalition in Malaysia pulled off a dramatic upset, ending the ruling coalition’s grip on political power, which has lasted since Malaysia’s independence fr…

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March 13, 2017

Cybersecurity
When China’s White-Hat Hackers Go Patriotic

Lorand Laskai is a research associate in Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations. You can follow him @lorandlaskai.  Only hours after China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) rele…

December 15, 2015

Thailand
Thailand’s Mounting Trafficking Problem

Human trafficking has long been a serious problem in Thailand. For decades, Thailand has been a source country for trafficked people, a transit country, and a destination for trafficked men and women…

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May 6, 2015

Thailand
Is the Mass Grave a “Turning Point” for Thai Policy on Trafficking?

Last Friday, Thai police discovered a mass grave near the country’s southern border with Malaysia. Twenty-six bodies have been exhumed from the grave thus far. According to a report in the New York T…

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April 14, 2015

Cybersecurity
The Great Cannon and the Globalization of Chinese Internet Companies

In the mid 1990s, as a grad student, I went to do my fieldwork in Shanghai and Beijing ready to ask the wrong questions. At the time, sinology was heavily influenced by questions of civil society and…

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April 15, 2015

South Korea
Korea’s Immigration Policy Backlash

Darcie Draudt is a research associate for Korea Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. Late last month, the South Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family presented an open discussion tit…

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May 25, 2010

China
China’s Cultural Icons Turn Political

David Gray/Courtesy Reuters There are new voices on China’s political scene. While political activists such as Hu Jia and Charter 08 leader Liu Xiaobo languish in jail and AIDS activist Wan Yanhai f…

Chinese artist Ai WeiWei (C) walks past police as he arrives to give support to Liu Xiaobo, one of China’s most prominent dissidents, outside the courthouse where Liu is on trial in Beijing December 23, 2009. Liu went on trial on subversion charges on Wednesday, drawing an outcry at home and abroad over the country’s sweeping laws against political opponents. Chinese prosecutors accuse Liu of

September 14, 2013

China
Friday Asia Update: Top Five Stories for the Week of September 13, 2013

Will Piekos and Sharone Tobias look at the top five stories in Asia this week. 1. Chinese economy posts strong numbers. Chinese overseas shipments in August rose 7.2 percent from a year earlier, inc…

A man cycles past the water-cooling towers of a coal-fired power plant on a hazy day in Beijing on January 22, 2013. (Jason Lee/Courtesy Reuters)

November 5, 2013

India
"Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries"

Jagdish Bhagwati, CFR's senior fellow for international economics, discusses his new book, Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countr…