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Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti

Austin Bodetti lives in Rabat, Morocco, where he researches the relationship between environmentalism and Islamic culture. He has also conducted fieldwork in the Middle East, East Africa, and Southeast Asia. Austin has written hundreds of articles, including for USA Today, Vice, and Wired.

Posts by Austin Bodetti
February 13, 2020

Coronavirus Hits Thailand Hard

By Austin Bodetti
The precipitous drop in visitors from China could represent as big a danger to Thailand as the virus itself.

January 25, 2020

Through Eritrea, China Quietly Makes Inroads Near the Red Sea

By Austin Bodetti
China is finding an eager partner in Eritrea, an autocratic state generally overlooked entirely by world powers.
July 12, 2019

Thailand’s Quiet Crisis: ‘The Southern Problem’

By Austin Bodetti
While Prayut focuses on solidifying control over Bangkok, the insurgency in the south has gained strength.

May 06, 2019

Bangladesh’s China-India Balance

By Austin Bodetti
In the energy sector especially, Bangladesh aims to exploit the balance of power between China and India.

April 03, 2019

Brunei: Huawei’s Foothold in Southeast Asia

By Austin Bodetti
Huawei’s already substantial presence in the sultanate is likely to extend to building Brunei’s 5G network.

February 11, 2019

How China Came to Dominate South Sudan’s Oil

By Austin Bodetti
China’s appetite for risk-taking cemented its presence in the conflict-torn young country.
January 10, 2019

Malaysia’s Rare Earth Debate

By Austin Bodetti
Malaysia may forgo an opportunity to enter the lucrative market in favor of environmental protection.

October 17, 2018

How the Thai Conflict Is Boosting Islamic State in Malaysia

By Austin Bodetti
Weapons from the insurgency in southern Thailand are making their way to ISIS-linked extremists in Malaysia.

June 13, 2018

How the US Is Indirectly Arming the Taliban

By Austin Bodetti
Much of the Taliban’s armory comes from American equipment given to the Afghan military and police.

December 18, 2017

How the US Department of Energy Shapes North Korea Policy

By Austin Bodetti
The DOE’s in-house intelligence agency specializes in monitoring nuclear proliferation.

November 20, 2017

Will Southern Thailand Turn to Jihad?

By Austin Bodetti
Only peace talks can keep Islamic State-style jihadism from coming to Thailand.
October 14, 2017

What Is the Tatmadaw’s Plan for the Rohingya?

By Austin Bodetti
Myanmar’s military has spent decades engineering a genocide.

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