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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...

Image: Flickr CC Adam Cohn

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...

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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...

Image: Nyein Chan Naing/Pool Photo via AP

Has the US Lost Myanmar to China?

20 January 2020

BY HUNTER MARSTON Chinese leader Xi Jinping just wrapped up a two-day visit to Myanmar from January 17-18, the first trip by a Chinese head of state since Jiang Zemin traveled to Burma in 2001. Xi’s...

Thant Myint-U author, founder and chairman of the Yangon Heritage Trust. Photo: Thant Myint-U/Facebo

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...

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