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Review of "The Hidden History of Burma: Race, Capitalism, and the Crisis of Democracy in the 21st Century"

10 October 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND JOSHUA KURLANTZICK In the run-up to Myanmar’s elections next year, there is little positive news to report about a country that seemed like a democratic success story less than...

State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2019 celebration

Life of the Party

26 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON AND ABIGAIL CHEN This week marks the anniversary of the founding of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD), the ruling party of the country’s de facto head of government,...

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The US Navy and Southeast Asian Nations Held Joint Maneuvers for the First Time. What Are the Key Takeaways?

13 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON The US Navy participated in joint exercises with the 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) last week, following months of tensions in the region. The...

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha

Fixing ASEAN’s Partnership with Civil Society

20 July 2019

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT In June 2019, Thailand wrapped up the 34th ASEAN Summit. In its role as ASEAN Chair this year, Thailand pushed for an ASEAN that increases partnership with and between the...

Image: Sukree Sukplang/Reuters

Destiny's Child

19 July 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On July 20, 1989, Myanmar’s ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council detained Aung San Suu Kyi under the State Protection Act, the start of her first period under house...

 Local officials of Lanao del Sur province visits the Ground Zero (also known as the Main Battle Area) in Marawi for the first time since the end of the Battle of Marawi.

Japan’s Peacebuilding Prowess: The Case of Marawi City

1 June 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum The Reiwa era ushers in an opportunity for Japan to reflect and refashion its position in regional and international politics — including sensitive areas such as peacebuilding...

Image: Kaung Zaw Hein/AFP/Getty Images

Two Journalists are Free. But Democracy in Myanmar is Deteriorating

11 May 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON On Tuesday, two Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters journalists, Wa Lone, 33, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 29, finally emerged from prison after 511 days behind bars. The announcement by Myanmar’s...

It’s Time for a New Philippine Strategy Toward China

10 April 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum In his most provocative statement yet, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged China to stay away from a Philippine-controlled island in the South China Sea: “I am asking...

Image: Steve Tickner/Frontier

The Hate Speech Threat to the 2020 Election

6 April 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON Myanmar’s 2020 general election is still more than eighteen months away, but key stakeholders are beginning to position themselves for it. As well as the election race, which...

25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in August 2018. Singapore (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more

29 March 2019

BY ANTHONY MILNER & RON HUISKEN The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – with its unwieldy number of member states (27) and preoccupation with dialogue (a “talk shop”) – has been declared a failure time...

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