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Uncle Sam Will Have to Change His Tune After November for Buy-in From Southeast Asia

11 September 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON Only weeks from the US presidential election on November 3, Southeast Asia sees an American electorate distracted by partisan divide, conspiracy theories, and culture wars. If...

A Review of 'Under Beijing’s Shadow: Southeast Asia's China Challenge' by Murray Hiebert

3 September 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON According to recent surveys of Southeast Asia, China is now the most influential strategic and political power in the region. Yet China’s rise has been so rapid and consequential...

Shinzo Abe

Has Shinzo Abe left a lasting legacy?

1 September 2020

Once again prime minister Shinzo Abe — the ultimate princeling of Japanese politics — has resigned because of declining poll numbers and ill health. In May, Abe’s approval ratings in national polls...

Ideology Is Hijacking the Trump Administration’s Asia Strategy

27 August 2020

BY ELINA NOOR, HUNTER MARSTON, AND FRANCISCO BENCOSME As U.S.-China rivalry takes on a hardening ideological dimension, a great deal of ink has been spilled about the competition for influence in...

The Little Red Podcast

Little Red Podcast - "Killing Me Softly: the Power Pandemic"

21 April 2020

China’s Covid diplomacy dispatching facemasks and respirators overseas is being hailed as the ultimate soft power play. But is this really soft power? To answer this question, we’re...

Image: STAY HOME. Officers of Brgy. 436 in Sampaloc, Manila on April 3, 2020, set up a checkpoint with a coffin on display bearing a sign, 'Stay Home or Stay Inside this Coffin' serving as a stern warning to residents during the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

A failure of execution

4 April 2020

Despite lacking a coherent pandemic strategy, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is tightening his grip The Philippines ranks among the world’s most disaster-prone nations, all too often suffering...

Interests, Negotiations, and the US-Taliban Agreement

5 March 2020

BY WILLIAM MALLEY On 1 March 1848, the British Foreign Secretary, Viscount Palmerston, gave a famous speech in the House of Commons in which he remarked that ‘Our interests are eternal and perpetual...

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Stirring Hatreds Ahead of Myanmar Elections

4 March 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON Ethnic and religious nationalism has increasingly gripped Myanmar since intercommunal violence broke out between Burmese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in 2012. Viral...

A Chance for Peace or a Rush to the Exit?

3 March 2020

On 5 October 1938, Winston Churchill rose in the House of Commons to speak about the Munich Agreement on the future of Czechoslovakia. He did not mince his words. Britain had suffered, as he put it...

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Making the Most of US-ASEAN Ties, Even Without the Vegas Summit

29 February 2020

BY CHARLES DUNST AND HUNTER MARSTON In an unfortunate turn of events linked to growing fears of a pandemic, the Trump administration has wisely decided to postpone a special summit with all 10...

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