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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.