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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.

Myanmar's Wild, Violent West

AP | By TODD PITMAN | Posted 01.27.2013 | Travel

MRAUK-U, Myanmar -- It was dusk in a corner of Myanmar recently shaken by some of the bloodiest sectarian violence in a generation, and a dozen Canadi...

PHOTOS: Asia's Intrigue, Adventure And Great Food

Laura Lippstone | Posted 01.24.2013 | Travel
Laura Lippstone

Who hasn't fantasized about the Orient-Express? I want to ditch the hoodie, my overbearing dachshund and job for some adventure on the rails.

In Singapore, Food Future With No Past

KF Seetoh | Posted 11.06.2012 | Travel
KF Seetoh

To be a soldier of your food culture, you can't learn recipes, you gotta learn "feel."

Is the Philippines the Next Tiger Economy?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 12.18.2012 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines is relishing a strong economic momentum. Amid global fears of a double-dip recession, the Philippines represents a countercyclical story of growth and resilience.

Cambodia For Beginners

Fodor's | Posted 12.10.2012 | Travel

Last year, an estimated 1.6 million foreigners descended on the little northwestern city of Siem Reap -- most of them arriving to see the Angkor Temple Complex.

Malaysia and the Muslim Spring

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

The movement behind the Arab Spring has a different connotation in Southeast Asian countries where Burma for example, is slowly transitioning into democracy and Thailand and Pakistan are emerging from periods of military rule.

How Singapore Gave Birth to Servolve

Sourav Roy | Posted 10.07.2012 | Small Business
Sourav Roy

When I first met George Mathew some three years ago in a business gathering, I remember an acquaintance introducing him as "a young man with immense capital" to invest in Singapore's fast-paced economy.

How I Escaped the Brothel in Cambodia: One Young Vietnamese Woman's Story

Andrew Lam | Posted 10.03.2012 | Impact
Andrew Lam

ADAPT leads the counter-trafficking efforts at the frontiers of Vietnam. They provide shelter for victims of human trafficking. Below is an interview I conducted with one of those victims who managed to return from a brothel in Cambodia.

Buddhists Monks Against Humanitarian Aid?

Krystina Friedlander | Posted 10.02.2012 | Religion
Krystina Friedlander

The same monks who campaigned against a brutal former regime are advocating against a stateless people, for what appears to be no other reason than their race and religion. How can we make sense of this, and where do we go from here?

Michael Graves Brands the Silk Route

J. Michael Welton | Posted 07.19.2012 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Here he's used steel, glass and aluminum cladding to create a structure reminiscent of a giant vessel flipped over, its ribs tinted a terracotta color to mimic wood and lend a tone of authenticity.

The Empire Returns: U.S. in Southeast Asia

Andrew Lam | Posted 09.17.2012 | World
Andrew Lam

The United States has moved from a strategy of appeasement toward one of detente. For long-time Indochina observers, the developing story is one full of irony, and a signal for a major shift in the long, if arduous, U.S.-Indochina relations.

Western Burma in Conflict: Rights, Reconciliation, and the Rohingya

Jack Healey | Posted 09.15.2012 | World
Jack Healey

The future of Burma could be bright if reforms deepen and continue, but nothing will be so great of a blot on the potential of this nation as the attempt by some to baptize the meager newfound hope in the blood of a racist pogrom.

Myanmar Plans Second Airport To Facilitate Tourism Boom

AP | Posted 09.01.2012 | Travel

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar called upon local and foreign investors Monday to fund construction of a second airport to serve the country's largest...

What Lies Ahead for the Modern Dragon?

Zachary K. Pearce | Posted 06.18.2012 | Books
Zachary K. Pearce

June Dreyer posits four scenarios for the future of China in her book. One can argue in favor of any of the scenarios she discusses. The intricacies of this topic will be salient to United States foreign policy making for years to come.

PHOTOS: Top 10 Must-Sees In Myanmar

Kensington Tours | Posted 07.30.2012 | Travel
Kensington Tours

Don't be surprised if monks and nuns share the same status as rock-stars and celebrities -- it is truly unlike any place you know!

Prey Lang: A Forest on the Brink of Destruction (PHOTOS)

Mathieu Young | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Mathieu Young

We stayed in the forest homes of members of the Prey Lang Network, a grassroots association of villagers risking their lives to try and slow the destruction of their forest.

Next Southeast Asia Hotspot? El Nido, Philippines (PHOTOS)

Kip Patrick | Posted 07.17.2012 | Travel
Kip Patrick

Travel in virtually any direction from town, and you'll discover hidden lagoons, secluded beaches, waterfalls, hot springs, and a myriad of jungle-draped islands pulled right out of Robinson Crusoe.

Press Coverage of the Cambodian Genocide: An Analysis

Sharon Wu | Posted 07.09.2012 | College
Sharon Wu

American politicians and the public lacked the necessary information to devise a viable solution. There was definitely enough press about mass deaths to alarm the public, but journalists simply couldn't provide enough information to persuade anyone to take action.

Moving To Indonesia And Into The Present Tense

Kate Willsky | Posted 07.08.2012 | Travel
Kate Willsky

This afternoon, a monsoon opened up the sky and I went onto our sheltered patio and sat on the little couch out there and pulled out my box of Bahasa vocabulary cards

Between Sun And Sea On Singapore's Sentosa Island

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 07.02.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

After breakfast, we steered clear of the macaque monkeys that had gathered on the patio in the hopes that hotel guests would share their croissants.

PHOTOS: An Earthquake And Culinary Curiosities In Penang

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 06.16.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

Back at our hotel, the tsunami watch was on and a security team kept watch, cellphones in hand, waiting for word from the nearby island of Langkawi, which, in the event of a tsunami, would experience the tidal wave.

A Singapore Stopover

Monique Stringfellow | Posted 06.11.2012 | Travel
Monique Stringfellow

The food court was unlike any I've ever seen: dim sum, Indian rotis, sushi, ramen, Malayan "hawker food" and so much more all side by side in the gleaming basement area.

Unrest in Indonesia's Mines: Local Chaos and Global Injustice

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

Work recently resumed in the Grasberg mine of the Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold, but the suffering continues while officials and multinationals maneuver to manage Southeast Asia's resource curse.

PHOTOS: 8 Reasons To Go To Myanmar Now

BootsnAll | Posted 06.05.2012 | Travel

The reclusive country is ready for the spotlight.