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He is a regular blogger and Global Voices regional editor for Southeast Asia and Oceania.

Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
May 13, 2017
Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
The Philippine president’s actions prove that this label is far too simplistic.
Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
May 02, 2017
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
The reality is much more complex than some – including the president himself – are making it out to be.
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
April 11, 2017
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
The recent flashpoint could be an opportunity for Manila to take some steps that are long overdue.
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
March 28, 2017
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
By focusing on the controversial campaign, the president is taking attention away from commendable initiatives.
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
February 27, 2017
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
A closer look at what recent protests against the Philippine president signify.
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
Philippines: Duterte Ends Talks With Communist Rebels
February 05, 2017
Philippines: Duterte Ends Talks With Communist Rebels
The outlook again looks rather bleak for one of Asia's longest running insurgencies.
Philippines: Duterte Ends Talks With Communist Rebels
Duterte's 'War on Drugs' in the Philippines: By the Numbers
January 09, 2017
Duterte's 'War on Drugs' in the Philippines: By the Numbers
A closer look at how a controversial campaign is faring thus far.
Duterte's 'War on Drugs' in the Philippines: By the Numbers
Thailand’s Draconian Cyber Law Sparks Rights Fears
December 23, 2016
Thailand’s Draconian Cyber Law Sparks Rights Fears
Revised law could be yet another blow to freedoms.
Thailand’s Draconian Cyber Law Sparks Rights Fears
Why Duterte Should Fear the Marcos Burial Protest
December 06, 2016
Why Duterte Should Fear the Marcos Burial Protest
While the president’s position is still strong, opposition to his rule should not be underestimated.
Why Duterte Should Fear the Marcos Burial Protest
Will ‘Dutertenomics’ Bring Progress to the Philippines?
December 01, 2016
Will ‘Dutertenomics’ Bring Progress to the Philippines?
What do Rodrigo Duterte's economic policies promise the Philippines?
Will ‘Dutertenomics’ Bring Progress to the Philippines?
Cambodia: 25 Years of Peace, But to What End?
November 04, 2016
Cambodia: 25 Years of Peace, But to What End?
A quarter-century after the 1991 Paris Peace Accords, questions remain about the country's future.
Cambodia: 25 Years of Peace, But to What End?
What ASEAN Can Learn from Thailand’s Student Massacre
October 18, 2016
What ASEAN Can Learn from Thailand’s Student Massacre
Lessons for the region from the 1976 Thammasat University massacre.
What ASEAN Can Learn from Thailand’s Student Massacre
Progress in the Philippine Peace Process Under Duterte
October 12, 2016
Progress in the Philippine Peace Process Under Duterte
The initiative is arguably a silver lining in the president's controversial tenure thus far.
Progress in the Philippine Peace Process Under Duterte
Torture Under Thailand's Military Junta
October 06, 2016
Torture Under Thailand's Military Junta
A new report exposes the extent of the practice under the current government.
Torture Under Thailand's Military Junta
The Truth About Thailand's Social Media Surveillance
October 03, 2016
The Truth About Thailand's Social Media Surveillance
The targeting of government critics is yet another concern in post-coup Thailand.
The Truth About Thailand's Social Media Surveillance
Singapore’s Presidential Review: Change You Should Believe in?
September 20, 2016
Singapore’s Presidential Review: Change You Should Believe in?
Proposed changes to the elected presidency have been met with a variety of responses.
Singapore’s Presidential Review: Change You Should Believe in?
Negotiating Peace in Southeast Asia
September 09, 2016
Negotiating Peace in Southeast Asia
A quick look at peace efforts in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Philippines.
Negotiating Peace in Southeast Asia
Thailand's New Constitution: A Threat to Religious Freedom?
September 02, 2016
Thailand's New Constitution: A Threat to Religious Freedom?
A problematic provision sheds light on a thorny issue.
Thailand's New Constitution: A Threat to Religious Freedom?
ASEAN's Olympic Triumph
August 26, 2016
ASEAN's Olympic Triumph
The region had its best competition yet.
ASEAN's Olympic Triumph
Thailand's New Constitution: A Blow to Rights?
August 17, 2016
Thailand's New Constitution: A Blow to Rights?
Despite the approval of the Thai charter, its content remains worrying.
Thailand's New Constitution: A Blow to Rights?
New Singapore Law Slammed as Attack on Free Speech
August 10, 2016
New Singapore Law Slammed as Attack on Free Speech
Critics say a proposed bill is yet another assault on freedom.
New Singapore Law Slammed as Attack on Free Speech
US Lawsuit Against Malaysia's 1MDB: Who Is 'Official 1'?
July 29, 2016
US Lawsuit Against Malaysia's 1MDB: Who Is 'Official 1'?
The clues point to only one person.
US Lawsuit Against Malaysia's 1MDB: Who Is 'Official 1'?
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