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What Jokowi's Apparent Win Means for Indonesia

Kevin A. Lees | Posted 07.10.2014 | World
Kevin A. Lees

At age 53, the reformist Jakarta governor, Joko Widodo -- or 'Jokowi' -- is very likely to become Indonesia's next president.

'Civic Creatives' Explore Likely Drivers of Ongoing Change in Myanmar

East-West Center | Posted 06.03.2014 | Hawaii
East-West Center

HONOLULU (June 3, 2014) -- In a series of 15 workshops held recently around both urban and rural areas of Myanmar, more than 560 participants from div...

Another Season of Climate Risk Looms: Southeast Asian Coastal Storms

Joyce Coffee | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Joyce Coffee

This year, nature will make its increasingly destructive annual pass around the globe with its litany of tragic tropical cyclones, monsoons, forest fires and the like. However, each offers valuable lessons that we must recognize and learn from.

What We Can Learn From the Tax Revolt and Genocide in Cambodia

Steve Mariotti | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Steve Mariotti

Just this past week, disturbing reports came in about the ongoing violence around the world, and the genocidal violence now taking place in the Central African Republic. As a guest of the State Department, I recently visited Cambodia and later traveled to Vietnam, and was reminded of the tragic history of genocide in the region.

Will 'Milk Life' Go Global? Big Dairy Sets Its Sights on Asia

Mia MacDonald | Posted 07.06.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Could the U.S. dairy processors' new slogan, "milk life," make it big in Asia? If dairy multinationals like Nestlé and Danone have their way, the answer might be yes.

Seven Spots in Southeast Asia You Absolutely Have to See to Believe

Lina Eroh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Travel
Lina Eroh

Budget travel in Southeast Asia is some of the most luxurious out there, which means just a little bit of money gets you very far on the road to awesome.

Howard Fineman

Asia Has 'Pivoted' -- To Itself

HuffingtonPost.com | Howard Fineman | Posted 04.10.2014 | World

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- When President Barack Obama heads to Asia later this month, he's not scheduled to visit Vietnam. But the investors in the...

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.

19 Places In Southeast Asia That Will Actually Change Your Life

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 03.22.2014 | Travel

If the flocks of postgrad travelers in elephant print pants haven't told you already, Southeast Asia is having what we like to call "a moment." It...

Lost in (Air)Space

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Technology
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Technology warps our perceptions of fast and slow and makes it harder to wait; but technology also has a positive side, which I also suspect is at play in our frustration with the pace of finding this plane.

Cambodia's Angkor Vs. Burma's Bagan: Which Should You Visit?

Lina Eroh | Posted 04.27.2014 | Travel
Lina Eroh

Where else in the world will you feel like you're in Legends of the Hidden Temple?

A French-Asian Fusion in Luang Prabang, Laos (Video)

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel
HUMANITY.TV

Laos has drawn travelers looking for a more off-the-beaten-path adventure and cultural experience. At the center of this cultural exploration is Laos' unique approach to cuisine.

Hong Kong 101--An American's Guide to The Asian Financial Forum

April Rudin | Posted 04.01.2014 | World
April Rudin

About two years ago, I visited Hong Kong for the very first time and could not believe my eyes. Traveling from the dated, fraying JFK airport in NYC to the shining, efficient airport in Hong Kong, my world view was immediately changed: It was the U.S. that was a third-world country, and Asia was vivid.

Asia-Pacific Pivot: A New Cold War (Just Not the One You Think)

William Bradley | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Who would win in a hot war between Japan and China? The more limited the scope of the engagement, the better the chance for Japan to prevail. While China has more ships and planes, Japan has better ships and planes, with more maneuvering experience.

It's Still Fun in the Philippines: Five of Our Favorite Spots

Lina Eroh | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel
Lina Eroh

The Philippines remains open for business and tourists, and you can do your part to help aid the recovery efforts by visiting this country and discovering its surreal beauty for yourself. Can you think of a more stunning and deserving place to spend your tourist dollars?

Pity Charity: Why It's Actually Abusive to Children

Friends International | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Friends International

These separate events are a direct consequence of the interconnected actions of the child protection organizations, the media, the donors and the general public -- all wanting the best for these children, but instead turning them into victims.

In Child Protection, Easy Solutions Are Rarely Real Solutions

Friends International | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Friends International

Working in child welfare in developing countries, or any country for that matter, isn't a particularly easy or simple task, in fact it's quite the opposite.

The Asia Rebalance Is Here to Stay

Daniel R. Russel | Posted 03.02.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. Russel

The United States enters 2014 positioned to capitalize on a year of intense engagement and investment in a region -- the Asia-Pacific -- that is increasingly critical to our future and to global growth.

The Singapore Biennale 2013: Focus on Southeast Asia

MutualArt | Posted 02.17.2014 | Arts
MutualArt

SB: 2013 uses the power of art to dissect, communicate and understand how we, as humans, must deal with the effects of our own socio-economic shortcomings.

Where the Peacocks Sing

Terence Clarke | Posted 02.09.2014 | Books
Terence Clarke

This is a travel book with a center of kindness, good humor and excellent writing that exhibits, as Alison writes, "the preternatural glow over the Indian night sky."

5 Incredible Grand Tours You Can Actually Afford

Budget Travel | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Budget Travel

Sometimes a one-week vacation just isn't enough, especially when you wake up the last morning of your trip and don't want to leave yet -- it's too soon, and you've just begun to discover what makes your destination so special.

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.

Everyone Has the Right to Health

Laurindo Garcia | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Laurindo Garcia

Sadly, many governments in our region do little to invest in the communities most at risk of HIV. One wonders whether these governments would be happier to just see us dead; I say "us" because I am a gay man from the Philippines who has been living with HIV for over nine years, and our government, like many others, seems to be sitting on its hands while scores of us are dying.

Dim Prospects for Peace in Southern Thailand

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Since February of this year the Malaysian government has sponsored talks in Kuala Lumpur (KL) with the aim of ending the bloodshed that has plagued southern Thailand for nearly a decade.