What Can Australia do About China? Ask Indonesia and Japan 

Canberra can learn from its neighbors about how to handle the challenges posed by Beijing’s waxing…

Sister of Missing Thai Dissident Meets with Cambodian Judge

Wanchalearm Satsaksit was snatched off the street in front of his Phnom Penh apartment in early…

Joe Biden Picks Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense

The retired four-star army general will need to obtain a congressional waiver in order to take…

What Happened During Trump’s Unannounced Meeting with Indonesian Minister?

The secretive nature of the meeting does little to allay the ethical concerns surrounding the president’s…

Indonesia Braces for Regional Elections Amid COVID-19 Surge

The election risks further accelerating the spread of the disease throughout the country.

Hong Kong’s Civil Servants Under Siege

A civil servant explains the growing pressures facing Hong Kong’s bureaucrats.

Report: With Relaxed Restrictions, More Civilians Died in Air Strikes in Afghanistan in 2017-2020

Relaxed rules of engagement for air strikes led to increased civilian casualties in Afghanistan.

Indonesian Police Kill 6 Supporters of Firebrand Cleric

Rizieq Shihab was welcomed by tens of thousands of followers when he returned to Indonesia from…

COVID-19 Underscores the Benefits of South Korea’s Artificial Intelligence Push

South Korea’s government is banking on AI as part of its post-COVID recovery.

Middle Corridor Struggles to Find Its Way Across Eurasia

Without China’s geoeconomic policy push, there is still little economic rationale behind the development of the…

Mongolia Grapples With Its First Real COVID Wave

After recording the first locally transmitted case in November, Mongolia’s local cases of COVID-19 have surpassed…

RCEP: The Future of Trade in Asia

Insights from Peter Petri.

Tajik Authorities Continue Harassing Dissident’s Family

New year, same problem: Tajik authorities continue to harass the family of Fatkhuddin Saidmukhidinov, a Europe-based…

South Koreans Welcome Decision to Maintain ‘Comfort Women’ Statue in Berlin

Tokyo’s pressure over the statue faced a set-back in Germany as the issue continues to loom…

China Looks Ahead to 20th Party Congress in 2022

China’s elite politics begins the run toward the personnel changes of October 2022’s 20th Party Congress.

Diplomats in China and Cuba Plausibly Targeted by Microwaves: US Report

While the National Academies’ report carefully hedges its claims, it is likely to add to the…

Australian Parliamentary Committee Recommends Global Magnitsky Type Legislation

The legislation, expected to be introduced in the parliament next year, will be a significant addition…

Taiwan Touts Australian ‘Freedom Wine’ In Opposition to Chinese Tariffs

President Tsai Ing-wen has prioritized Taiwan-Australia ties as part of her New Southbound Policy, and there’s…

Fiji Attorney General Under Investigation

Fiji Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is being investigated in connection with two bombings in Fiji in the…

Awards for Indonesian Judges Raise Conflict of Interest Questions

The awards, along with recent high-level corruption arrests, have spurred a rare discussion of conflict of…

Queensland Confirms Australian Bid for 2032 Olympics

Four countries, including Australia, are bidding to host the 2032 Olympic Games.

Another Indonesian Minister Detained on Bribery Charges

Juliari Batubara is the fourth serving or former minister of President Joko Widodo’s government to be…

Marawi Rehabilitation Delays Could Cast a Dark Shadow over Duterte’s Peace Legacy

The glacial pace of the city’s reconstruction could fuel disillusionment among the region’s population.

Ceasefire Raises Hopes of Elections in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

The most important obstacle – a ceasefire – is now in place, but many more challenges…

Biden Must Aid India’s Quest for Multilateral Reforms

For New Delhi, comprehensive reforms of global institutions are a key foreign policy priority. Washington should…

Washington’s Backyard: The Caribbean Amid Sino-American Competition

China’s engagement with the region is altogether more patchy than many popular prognoses make out.

China Prepares Large-Scale Rollout of Coronavirus Vaccines

Despite concerns about the vaccines’ efficacy, China said it will ensure the products are affordable for…

To Step up Its Digital Transformation, Taiwan Needs a New Social Compact

If Taiwan is to succeed in its digital strategy, there needs to be a fundamental mindset…

A Test of Japan–South Korea Relations

If the FOIP strategy is to succeed, the two countries have some work to do.

Media Flubs Reporting on China’s Senkaku Comments

Reports on controversial comments by China’s foreign minister miss some key details.

ASEAN Development Strategies for the New Normal under COVID-19

The bloc has been proactive on what comes next.

What’s Russia’s Aim in Afghanistan?

The Russian presence in Central Asia, predicated on the threats from Afghanistan, stymies the political and…

China’s New Surveillance Currency

China is wrong to think its digital currency will increase global payments in RMB. But Beijing…

Will China’s Civil Code Finally Get Companies to Take Fighting Sexual Harassment Seriously?

The implementation of the new code will determine whether it can truly turn the tide against…

Under Pressure on Shore, Abu Sayyaf May Increase Reliance on the Sea

A November incident holds important lessons about the militant group’s changing operations, as well as how…

5 Steps Joe Biden Should Take to Confront the China Challenge

China is a looming threat to international order. U.S. leadership in confronting the issue has never…

Japan’s COVID-19 Spike Raises Alarm for Elderly and At-Risk Groups 

The controversial “Go To” domestic tourism subsidy has come under the microscope for possibly facilitating the…

Japan Spacecraft Approaches Earth to Drop Asteroid Samples

The Hayabusa2’s samples are due to arrive home on Sunday, after a year-long journey back from…

China’s Technoindustrial Policy Is More Soviet Retro Than Japan Innovation

In science and technology innovation, closed markets, proprietary standards, and ideologized scientific research policy are a…

India’s Flawed Approach to Bilateral Investment Treaties

The model BIT of 2016 is vague, flawed, and offers little succor for Indian or foreign…

Why the India-Sri Lanka-Maldives NSA-level Talks Matter

The nature of bilateral political relations in the Indian Ocean region has an impact on the…

India Warns Canada as the Trudeau Comments Threaten Relations

The Indian foreign ministry’s statement after it summoned the Canadian high commissioner is unlikely to go…

What Can Pakistan Expect From the Biden Administration?

While it is likely that Pakistan will see some relief come January, the United States’ policy…

Rights Groups Allege Coercion in Rohingya Island Relocation Plan

Refugees and rights groups say that threats and inducements have been used to get refugees to…

Duterte and Philippine Mayors Trade Loyalty for Drug Killings, Study Shows

Local officials have driven the Philippine president’s deadly drug war by ramping up anti-drug operations in…

Farmers Protests in India: Politics Over Economics?

New laws around agriculture in India stand to significantly boost farmers’ incomes.

US Senate Resolution Voices Support for Thai Protesters

But making such support U.S. policy would create undoubtedly create tensions between Washington and Bangkok.

What Does Rizieq Shihab’s Return Mean for Indonesian Politics?

The firebrand’s return comes at a time of Islamist political ascendancy in Indonesia.

Who Cares About Kaavan?

A feel-good story about an elephant has distracted attention from the dire state of the environment…

China Hits Out at US Over New Visa Restrictions

A government spokesperson said the move was “totally inconsistent with the U.S.’s own interests.”