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US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Company for Rights Abuses in Cambodia
September 15, 2020

US Imposes Sanctions on Chinese Company for Rights Abuses in Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
Chinese investment schemes in Cambodia “deepen corruption [and] undermine rule of law,” the US Treasury says.
Vietnam Land Dispute Trial Terminates in Guilty Verdicts
September 15, 2020

Vietnam Land Dispute Trial Terminates in Guilty Verdicts

By Sebastian Strangio
After earlier signs of leniency, the Vietnamese authorities used the Dong Tam trial to send a strong message.

Youth Moving to the Forefront of Malaysian Politics
September 15, 2020

Youth Moving to the Forefront of Malaysian Politics

By Crystal Teoh
A lowered voting age, and rising discontent with the country's rusted-on political elite, are stimulating youth involvement in politics.

Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Face Chilly Political Climate
September 15, 2020

Southeast Asian Parliamentarians Face Chilly Political Climate

By Sebastian Strangio
The region’s authoritarian turn has made life difficult for lawmakers opposing entrenched political interests.

Thailand’s Protests: Between the Old and the New
September 14, 2020

Thailand’s Protests: Between the Old and the New

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Beyond the headlines, what do the current protests tell us about the country’s present and future?
Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?
September 14, 2020

Why Are Filipinos Celebrating a Former Dictator?

By Sebastian Strangio
The rehabilitation of Ferdinand Marcos is a sign of the public's continuing discontent with the status quo.

Three-Horse Race for Vietnam’s Next Communist Party Chief
September 14, 2020

Three-Horse Race for Vietnam’s Next Communist Party Chief

By David Hutt
As the Communist Party of Vietnam moves toward its next National Congress, the list of candidates for key posts is narrowing.
How Meaningful is the New US-Mekong Partnership?
September 14, 2020

How Meaningful is the New US-Mekong Partnership?

By Sebastian Strangio
The recently announced multilateral framework is a welcome – but limited – check on China's expanding influence in the Mekong region.

Racism Is Fueling Myanmar’s Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19
September 11, 2020

Racism Is Fueling Myanmar’s Deadly Second Wave of COVID-19

By Andrew Nachemson
Anti-migrant -- and especially anti-Rohingya and anti-Rakhine -- sentiments are undermining efforts to control the pandemic.

Post-Abe, Vietnam-Japan Relations Have Nowhere to Go But Up
September 11, 2020

Post-Abe, Vietnam-Japan Relations Have Nowhere to Go But Up

By Hanh Nguyen
Whoever succeeds Abe Shinzo, the two nations have ample reasons to widen and deepen their cooperation across a host of domains.

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts
September 11, 2020

Controversial China Projects Reveal Philippine Rifts

By Sebastian Strangio
Two more recent deals highlight the contradictions that have resulted from the Duterte administration's "pivot to China."
In Myanmar, a Leading Conglomerate is Funding Military Abuses
September 11, 2020

In Myanmar, a Leading Conglomerate is Funding Military Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
A new report argues that a military-linked conglomerate – and its foreign partners – are directly funding units accused of crimes against humanity.

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