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2017/04/19 | Pavin Chachavalpongpun

Welcome to Thailand, Kingdom of Fear (and Favor)

How has Vajiralongkorn forged new alliances and eliminated enemies and critics in order to consolidate his reign?

2017/04/18 | Pradeep S. Mehta and Kyle Cote

Trump and the Future of India–US Relations

Less than three months into Donald Trump’s term as president, those watching in India are intensely anticipating how bilateral relations will proceed with the United States.

2017/04/18 | Edward Aspinall

Sectarian Schisms to Decide Jakarta’s Election?

If ethnic and religious sectarian politics push Ahok’s opponent over the line, it would bode poorly for the future of Indonesia’s pluralistic democracy.

2017/04/14 | The Japan Times

Aung San Suu Kyi Marks Her First Year in Power

Aung San Suu Kyi's first year has not been easy as she continues to face a range of difficulties and admits that reforms have been slower than expected.

2017/04/14 | Joseph Franco

Sorry ISIS, Philippines is No Place for A Caliphate

Observers thought the 'imminent' IS province in Mindanao may lead to the establishment of a new Southeast Asia-based caliphate, but they neglect socio-economic realities in the southern Philippines

2017/04/12 | Alan Bairner

Xi Jinping’s Football Dream and the Nightmare Scenario

Given the power of football to help consolidate national unity but equally to provide outlets for political opposition, the realization of Xi’s dreams for Chinese football could be even more important than one might, at first glance, think.

2017/04/11 | ZiQing Low

No Concrete Plan for Foreigner Train Ticket Hike in Taiwan Despite Minister's Musings

There are no concrete plans for the price hike for now, and the focus is on rail infrastructure upgrade for the time being.

2017/04/11 | FORTUNE

Trump Paints an Overly Rosy Picture Of His Meeting With China’s Xi Jinping

As long as economic nationalists and establishment pragmatists in the White House wage pitched battles over the China policy and Beijing and Washington continue to see each other as potential adversaries, Trump’s prediction that the 'lots of very potentially bad problems will be going away' will turn out to be wildly optimistic.

2017/04/11 | Kerry Brown

The Xi-Trump Summit: Rearranging the Furniture

After the Trump-Xi summit in Florida, there appears to be no fundamental change to the Sino-US relationship. 'All that continues as before. Chairs have just been rearranged – that’s all,' writes Kerry Brown.

2017/04/11 | Jan Ludvik

Nuclear War on the Korean Peninsular: What the U.S. Expects from China

Today, North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is not a possibility but a reality - bringing back the possibility of a preventative strike by the U.S.

2017/04/10 | Edward White

Taiwanese Undeterred Despite Torture Concerns for NGO Worker Detained in China

It may be a long road to freedom for the Taiwanese NGO worker detained in China but local political activists say Chinese actions will only strengthen their resolve.

2017/04/08 | Florentine Koppenborg

Will the Silent Comeback of Coal Threaten Japan’s Climate Goals?

Japan’s energy debate demonstrates that phasing out coal from the electricity mix and replacing it with renewable alternatives can be a political challenge.   

2017/04/07 | Gregory J. Moore

Reining in Pyongyang’s Nuclear Ambitions: Washington and Beijing’s Common Interests

China and the United States agree that the North Korean regime cannot be trusted with nuclear weapons. 'It’s time for them to put aside their fears and their differences and work together,' Gregory J. Moore writes.