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Asian Synthetic Drug Production Continued to Grow in 2023, UN Says

Asian Synthetic Drug Production Continued to Grow in 2023, UN Says

By Sebastian Strangio
Last year saw East and Southeast Asian governments seize 190 tons of methamphetamine, the largest amount ever recorded in a single year.

Did Illegal Tin Mines Really Steal $26 Billion From the Indonesian State?

Did Illegal Tin Mines Really Steal $26 Billion From the Indonesian State?

By James Guild
The Indonesian government recently brought corruption charges against Harvey Moeis, a wealthy businessman with interests in the mining sector.
Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

Two More Thai Activists Sentenced to Prison on Lese-Majeste Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Both were granted bail pending an appeal, following the recent death of a monarchy-reform activist in custody.

Jemaah Islamiyah Is Not Back After Malaysia Attack

Jemaah Islamiyah Is Not Back After Malaysia Attack

By Aisyah Llewellyn
The recent attack on a police station in Johor State bears all the hallmarks of a lone-wolf attack.

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

In the Hot Seat: To Lam’s Rise to the Vietnamese Presidency

By Ian Hollinger
The powerful former public security minister has been boosted into the ranks of the country's top leaders. Will the promotion come back to haunt him?

Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

Myanmar’s Tepid Thingyan New Year

By Naw Theresa
Like much else, the country's normally raucous new year festivities have become a political battleground since the 2021 coup.

UN Details ‘Disturbing’ New Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya

UN Details ‘Disturbing’ New Atrocities Against Myanmar’s Rohingya

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.N.'s human rights office says that tens of thousands have been forcibly displaced in what one expert described as a "hate-driven unnatural disaster."
Why Sri Lanka Should Take Islamist Radicalization More Seriously

Why Sri Lanka Should Take Islamist Radicalization More Seriously

By Rathindra Kuruwita
The arrest of four Sri Lankan ISIS operatives in India underscores the persisting threat posed by Islamist extremism in the country.

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

US Defense Secretary Austin to Visit Cambodia Next Week

By Sebastian Strangio
Lloyd Austin's visit is a sign that Washington is seeking to re-engage the new look leadership in Phnom Penh, in a bid to draw the country out of China's orbit.

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

What the Senate Coup Reveals About Philippine Politics

By Mong Palatino
Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri is out, reportedly for opposing a proposal to amend the Philippine Constitution.

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

In Lawmaking, the Details Matter. Taiwan Would be Wise to Remember That

By Adam King and Daniel Twining
Beijing could be a winner as Taipei rushes to pass new law.
How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

How Will the Lai Government Handle Taiwan’s Maritime Disputes?

By Brandon Tran
Like Beijing, Taipei officially maintains claims over islands in the East and South China Seas disputed with Japan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.

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