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To Boost Its Economy, the Philippines Can’t Forgo Human Rights Protections
December 14, 2019

To Boost Its Economy, the Philippines Can’t Forgo Human Rights Protections

By Ronald U. Mendoza
Rule of law, human rights, and economics in Duterte’s Philippines.

Aung San Suu Kyi Slammed for Army Defense in Myanmar Genocide Case
December 13, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi Slammed for Army Defense in Myanmar Genocide Case

By Aleks Furtula and Lorne Cook
The Nobel Peace laureate was blasted by opposing lawyers for defending the Myanmar army’s conduct in Rakhine state.
2019 in Asian Geopolitics: A Year of Change
December 12, 2019

2019 in Asian Geopolitics: A Year of Change

By Ankit Panda
From South Asia to China to Northeast Asia, 2019 was a transformative year.

For Thailand’s Progressives, It’s Been a Year of Trials and Tribulations
December 11, 2019

For Thailand’s Progressives, It’s Been a Year of Trials and Tribulations

By Chonlawit Sirikupt
Thanathorn’s removal foreshadows a sinister dismantling of opposition using a façade of checks and balances.

Vietnam’s Internet Control: Following in China’s Footsteps?
December 11, 2019

Vietnam’s Internet Control: Following in China’s Footsteps?

By Justin Sherman
Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law suggests that the government is attempting to follow China’s model of internet control.

Remembering Nakasone and US Asia Policy in the 1980s
December 11, 2019

Remembering Nakasone and US Asia Policy in the 1980s

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A look at the significance of the late Japanese premier through the lens of U.S. Asia policy during the period.

Suu Kyi’s Hague Appearance: Minding Myanmar’s Domestic Political Dynamics in the ICJ Genocide Case
December 10, 2019

Suu Kyi’s Hague Appearance: Minding Myanmar’s Domestic Political Dynamics in the ICJ Genocide Case

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While much of the focus may be on her international image, it will be important to consider the domestic political dynamics at play in Myanmar as well.  
Malaysia Kicks off Polio Vaccination Campaign After First Case in 27 Years
December 09, 2019

Malaysia Kicks off Polio Vaccination Campaign After First Case in 27 Years

By Associated Press
Malaysia begins campaign in a rural town on Borneo after the highly infectious virus was detected in a 3-month-old boy.

Why the New US-Singapore Guam Fighter Training Detachment Pact Matters
December 09, 2019

Why the New US-Singapore Guam Fighter Training Detachment Pact Matters

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The pact constitutes yet another boost for the U.S.-Singapore defense relationship in spite of wider challenges that remain for ties.  

How Italy Is Deepening Its Relationship With ASEAN
December 07, 2019

How Italy Is Deepening Its Relationship With ASEAN

By Fabio Figiaconi
A series of initiatives organized by prominent members of Italy’s elite has developed new links with ASEAN states.

What’s Next for Kem Sokha’s Trial in Cambodia?
December 07, 2019

What’s Next for Kem Sokha’s Trial in Cambodia?

By David Hutt
Recent developments have highlighted the event and the implications it could have for Cambodia's domestic and foreign affairs.
New Military Vehicles Put China-Thailand Defense Relations Into Focus
December 06, 2019

New Military Vehicles Put China-Thailand Defense Relations Into Focus

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The delivery reinforced the fact that aspects of security ties continue to be advanced by both sides in spite of challenges.

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