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The Ethnic Apartheid in Myanmar

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.13.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

When it comes to the way that the ethnic Burman majority treats the 135 different ethnic minorities that make up roughly 40 percent of Myanmar's population, "backsliding" is not the right word -- because that would presume that progress has been made in the first place.

A New Balance of Power in Asia: Japan and U.S.; China and Russia; India and ASEAN

Chen Xiangyang | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Chen Xiangyang

When he initiated the Asia-Pacific rebalance, U.S. President Barack Obama staked all his international strategic capital on that cast of dice. The move, however, only ended up in the birth of more imbalances in the world, which forced the U.S. to scurry between one hotspot after another.

No Easy Solution for Myanmar's Rakhine Crisis

Kyle Knight | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Kyle Knight

Chris Lewa, the director of The Arakan Project, a research and advocacy group that monitors Rakhine State, told IRIN the number of Rohingyas that have fled western Myanmar since 2012 has now topped 100,000.

Old Wars in the 'New Burma'

John Sifton | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
John Sifton

When President Obama and other world leaders arrive here in Burma, they need to press the government on a slew of human rights issues, ranging from constitutional issues to the Rohingya crisis. But they also need to raise the issue of human rights abuses in the context of Burma's armed conflicts.

America's Alliance With Australia Is a Boon for Asia

John Kerry | Posted 10.13.2014 | World
John Kerry

Since the dawn of the 20th century, Australia and the US have stood together with a shared vision for a free, peaceful and prosperous world. Today we reaffirm our confidence that the relationship will continue to be a force for good in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions, and the world.

China Sea Talks Hit Impasse

AP | JIM GOMEZ | Posted 08.11.2014 | World

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Despite U.S. and Asian calls for self-restraint and new impetus for the resolution of territorial disputes involving Chin...

Kerry Aims To Calm South China Sea Tensions

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 10.08.2014 | World

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Myanmar seeking to calm tensions in the South China Sea between China and its sma...

Parsing the East Asian Powder Keg

Conn Hallinan | Posted 09.28.2014 | World
Conn Hallinan

The past six months have seen an incredible ratcheting up of tensions in the East and South China Seas, where the world's three largest economies are caught up in an increasingly tangled web of territorial disputes, competing alliances, and historical grievances.

Ladies and Generals in Burma and Thailand: Forward and Backward Progress in Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Without real and continuing steps towards resolving problems and the will to stay the course for human rights and civil liberties, the country will become darker than ever.

Everybody Counts, Except in Burma's Census

Jack Healey | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

In the formal exclusion of all Rohingya by identity and all conflict zones in Kachin State, the validity of the entire census is called into sharp question.

A Pandora's Box is Opening Up in East Asia

H.E. Yun Byung-se | Posted 08.02.2014 | World
H.E. Yun Byung-se

Today, Asia once again faces a historical challenge. It is standing at the crossroads between progress and retrogression. Why and how have we come this far? Partly, this is accounted for by the new and divergent outlook for the regional order -- a rising China, a resurgent Japan, strong Russia, anachronistic North Korea obsessed with the pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the United States who is rebalancing to Asia. It looks like the "Pandora's Box" is being opened, with all sorts of problems -- both old and new -- popping up, complicating the already very complex situation. Any of these developments, if mishandled or left unchecked, could escalate into a much more serious situation with far reaching consequences for the region.

Thai Coup: Lessons for Myanmar

Erin Murphy | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Erin Murphy

Thailand is, or perhaps was, a leading member of ASEAN, but has become a poor example to follow.

Shinzo Abe: Japan Offers 'Utmost Support' To Nations In Disputes With China

Reuters | Posted 07.30.2014 | World

By Masayuki Kitano and Raju Gopalakrishnan SINGAPORE, May 30 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, pushing for a greater role for Ja...

Xi Jinping's Excellent Adventure: A Calibrated Takeover of the South China Sea

Nayan Chanda | Posted 07.20.2014 | World
Nayan Chanda

Chairman Mao's "little red book" is no longer a fashion accessory in Beijing, but China's leaders seem to be drawing inspiration from one of its aphorisms: "There is great disorder under the Heavens and the situation is excellent." Judging by the calculatedly risky steps they have taken -- like moving a gigantic drilling rig deep into Vietnam's Exclusive Economic Zone -- China seems to have concluded that, with the West preoccupied with Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, Southeast Asia divided over how to respond to its aggressive moves, and with Japan and the U.S. unsure as to how respond to North Korea's saber rattling, the situation is indeed excellent.

The Most Important Regional Organization That Nobody Has Heard Of

Stanley Weiss | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

Seizing that moment won't be easy -- at a minimum, it will mean easing half a century of Indian-Pakistani hostilities -- but it is necessary. The eight nations of SAARC have a critical choice to make.

The Philippine-U.S. New Security Pact: Good Bargain, or a Lopsided Deal?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.02.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Filipino officials have emphatically announced a new era in Philippine-U.S. bilateral alliance. Critics, however, believe the administration has offered Americans precious access to Philippine bases in exchange for marginal tactical advantages.

Obama Finally Gets Back to the Asia-Pacific

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

This is a critical time for the the Asia-Pacific Pivot. Which is, of course, America's shift from its fateful post-9/11 fixations with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific.

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

Jack Healey | Posted 06.10.2014 | 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 06.03.2014 | 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 06.01.2014 | 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.