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Counting Down: Burma's Race to the Bottom for Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 04.10.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Burma seemed to be on the verge of rising up. Now it seems to be in a race to the bottom for denying basic human rights and for maintaining a regime of silence on such a front.

The Philippines Takes China to Court, but It's Public Opinion That Will Decide

T. Dean Reed | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

Just as a Philippines ship eluded Chinese gunboats by sailing into safe waters in order to feed Filipino troops, the Philippines government, the brave David of Asia, has outmaneuvered Goliath China by going to two courts to get its seized lands and seas returned.

As Violence and Hate Increase in Burma, Business as Usual for the US

Tom Andrews | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics
Tom Andrews

Today Defense Secretary Hagel is hosting the Defense Minister of Burma among others to discuss the Obama administration’s commitment to “peace and security” in the region. But there is no peace and security for the ethnic minorities in Burma.

China Needs to Decide What It Wants To Be

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

For decades the Chinese government has deployed both soft and hard power to promote China's influence and status, while at the same time discouraging interference in Chinese affairs.

China's Dangerous Air and Sea Show: Outcome, Options

William Bradley | Posted 02.13.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Nearly a week has come and gone since Vice President Joe Biden's big Asia-Pacific tour in the immediate wake of China declaring an air defense zone across the East China Sea. It proved to be a consequential trip, one swiftly followed on by Secretary of State John Kerry visiting Vietnam.

Why Is China Feared? Resurgence, Pride and Uncertainty

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

China's recent assertiveness abroad should perhaps be seen through the prism of how a new Chinese leadership is willing to sacrifice foreign relations in a calculated manner to create enough domestic legitimacy for undertaking an ambitious economic reform agenda at home.

Report: Regional Economic Integration in Southeast Asia an Opportunity, Not a Threat, for Global Trade System

East-West Center | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
East-West Center

Economists Peter Petri and Michael Plummer argue in a new East-West Center publication that WTO leaders should not consider proposed trade deals in the Asia Pacific region as a threat, but rather as an opportunity.

Maritime Silk Road

Peter Neill | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Peter Neill

Interestingly, today, the phrase "silk road" is being revived in China as a centerpiece of an emerging shift in Chinese foreign policy in support of the nation's arrival as a global economic power, again a dominant player in world trade.

Cosmetics Testing on Animals in the Spotlight at Jakarta Fashion Week: Association of Southeast Asian Nations Takes Notice

Monica Engebretson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Monica Engebretson

ASEAN is the body responsible for regulating animal testing in cosmetics for countries in the region. As is the case in the United States, and many other countries, in ASEAN there are currently no regulations or laws banning animal testing of cosmetic products and ingredients or the importing of those tested elsewhere.

U.S., China Wrestle For Influence At Asia Summit

AP | JIM GOMEZ and MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.09.2013 | World

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AP) — The United States and China wrestled for influence in Southeast Asia on Wednesday ...

We Can Read, But Are We Financially Literate?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Stephen P. Groff

There's no question that financial illiteracy in advanced economies -- and the lack of consumer protection for those who suffered -- contributed to the global financial crisis. But what about Asian economies?

ASEAN: What's That and Who Cares? Certainly Not the Common Man in Asia

Sourav Roy | Posted 11.10.2013 | World
Sourav Roy

The common man in almost all its 10-member nations has no clue what ASEAN is about. We're talking here about millions of illiterate, poor, underprivileged Asians who are in the thick of the situation, happy to progress in life, one day after another.

Hagel's Productive Asia-Pacific Tour

William Bradley | Posted 11.09.2013 | World
William Bradley

While the Obama Administration is in the surreal situation of suddenly mounting its biggest congressional lobbying effort since national health care on behalf of missile and bombing raids against Syria, it's important not to lose site of a more coherent aspect of the president's geopolitics.

Philippines as the New ASEAN Growth Pole: Not Even Corruption Can Stop it

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Halfway into his six-year term, President Benigno Aquino III is facing a spate of major corruption scandals, which could potentially undermine his "good governance" initiative -- the policy that largely explains renewed global confidence in the Philippine economy in recent years.

Welcoming China to the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Donald Gross | Posted 09.08.2013 | World
Donald Gross

When officials from the U.S. and China meet this week in Washington for a new round of their Strategic and Economic Dialogue, the U.S. has an excellent opportunity to overcome a deeply divisive economic issue complicating relations with Beijing by welcoming China's participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

John Kerry To NKorea: Disarm Now

AP | HYUNG-JIN KIM | Posted 07.01.2013 | World

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up pressure Monday on North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, say...

Myanmar's Leadership Needed on ASEAN Illegal Wildlife Trade (PHOTOS)

Kala Mulqueeny | Posted 06.26.2013 | World
Kala Mulqueeny


Myanmar: A Nation at War With Itself

Stanley Weiss | Posted 04.20.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

That a country that is 85 percent Buddhist -- the religion of peace -- is known for non-stop war is a cruel historical irony. What can the U.S. do to help? A lot.

China, the Philippines and the Rule of Law

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can a state remain a party to a treaty or convention without being bound by its rules? Can contracting states adhere to an international legal regime and simultaneously opt out of any binding force required or to be required by that regime?

The Philippines in 2013: The Best Is Yet to Come?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.12.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

It might take some time before ordinary Filipinos truly enjoy the fruits of growth and landmark legislative reforms, but what the bachelor Aquino shows is that the Philippines (at its current stage of take-off) needs a soft, pragmatic and calculating leader.

Amid Pitfalls and Prospects, "Asian Pivot" Requires Nuanced Approach

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 11.29.2012 | Politics
Mark R. Kennedy

Energy security still matters. While America's reliance on the Gulf as a source of energy will decline with the United State's shale oil and gas boom, guaranteeing that energy supply routes in the Middle East and Southeast Asia will continue to be essential.

American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The country enjoys a bounty of natural resources and a popular culture which combines initiative, warmth, and hard work. So why do forty percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day? And why are the streets clogged with refuse?

Clinton: Calm The Waters... Literally

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 11.03.2012 | World

JAKARTA, Indonesia — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called Monday for Southeast Asian states to present a united front to the Ch...

U.S., China Square Off Over Disputed Sea Claims

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The Obama administration now has a taste of the difficult diplomacy necessary to sharpen the focus of American power on A...

An Economic Revolution Driven by Microentrepreneurs

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted 07.31.2012 | Impact
Mark Joaquin Ruiz

Inasmuch as I am excited with the enormous potential of our region, I still can't help but question how much of that growth will actually impact those at the economic base-of-the-pyramid, arguably those who need to benefit from this the most.