Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?
Southeast Asia
Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?
Without sweeping reform, traditional media in Cambodia is at risk of becoming irrelevant.
Can Cambodia’s Media Reform?
The Ninja Miners of Mongolia
Central Asia
The Ninja Miners of Mongolia
A look at the harsh life of the "ninja" miners of Mongolia.
The Ninja Miners of Mongolia
How Chinese Think About Terrorism
East Asia
How Chinese Think About Terrorism
A survey of Chinese attitudes in the wake of the March attack on Kunming.
How Chinese Think About Terrorism
Leading the Way: Vietnam’s Push for Gay Rights
Southeast Asia
Leading the Way: Vietnam’s Push for Gay Rights
Is one of Asia’s most repressive states paving the way for gay marriage?
Leading the Way: Vietnam’s Push for Gay Rights
Can China’s New Urbanization Plan Work?
East Asia
Can China’s New Urbanization Plan Work?
Bringing people to the cities will not be enough. Rural rights also need reform.
Can China’s New Urbanization Plan Work?
Yunnan: China’s Bridgehead to Southeast Asia and Beyond
East Asia
Yunnan: China’s Bridgehead to Southeast Asia and Beyond
The southwest province deserves to be known for more than the recent terrorist attack.
Yunnan: China’s Bridgehead to Southeast Asia and Beyond
Inside Myanmar’s Karen State
Southeast Asia
Inside Myanmar’s Karen State
Largely hidden from the world, the state can now contemplate the possibility of peace for the first time in decades.
Inside Myanmar’s Karen State
The Fight to Save Indonesia’s Forests
Southeast Asia
The Fight to Save Indonesia’s Forests
Indigenous Dayak communities are in a battle to preserve ancestral forests.
The Fight to Save Indonesia’s Forests
Expressing the Chinese Dream
East Asia
Expressing the Chinese Dream
Imagery and ideograms in the “Chinese Dream” campaign posters send a message to an increasingly pluralized society.
Expressing the Chinese Dream
A Small Step Forward for ASEAN LGBT Rights
Southeast Asia
A Small Step Forward for ASEAN LGBT Rights
LGBT activists face a tough battle winning acceptance in Southeast Asia, but there are some modest signs of change.
A Small Step Forward for ASEAN LGBT Rights
Confucius Institutes: Hardly a Threat to Academic Freedoms
East Asia
Confucius Institutes: Hardly a Threat to Academic Freedoms
There is little evidence to suggest Confucius Institutes on U.S. campuses restrain academic freedoms.
Confucius Institutes: Hardly a Threat to Academic Freedoms
Sex Trafficking Victims Go Unnoticed in Laos
Southeast Asia
Sex Trafficking Victims Go Unnoticed in Laos
There is little assistance available to the many victims of sex trafficking in Laos.
Sex Trafficking Victims Go Unnoticed in Laos
Mongolia Puts Ger Shantytowns on the Map
Central Asia
Mongolia Puts Ger Shantytowns on the Map
An icon of a nomadic age now serves as urban housing in Ulan Bator’s underprivileged districts.
Mongolia Puts Ger Shantytowns on the Map
Heiner Bielefeldt
March 20, 2014
Heiner Bielefeldt
The Diplomat speaks with Prof Heiner Bielefeldt, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, about his understanding of secularism in India.
Heiner Bielefeldt
Myanmar: The Worsening Plight of the Rohingya
Southeast Asia
Myanmar: The Worsening Plight of the Rohingya
It has been a tragic start to the year for Myanmar’s persecuted Muslim minority.
Myanmar: The Worsening Plight of the Rohingya
Kunming Terrorist Attack: A Resident’s Perspective
East Asia
Kunming Terrorist Attack: A Resident’s Perspective
Our correspondent recounts the aftermath of the deadly knife attack.
Kunming Terrorist Attack: A Resident’s Perspective
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