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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...

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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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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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The US-China Cold War is a Myth

7 September 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON This week, the U.S. Navy conducted drills with ships from Southeast Asian countries in the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea—an apparent sign of Washington’s renewed...

Image: Ghislain Mariette/Presidence de la Republique

Macron's Risky Quest for Equilibrium via Rapprochement

2 September 2019

BY EGLANTINE STAUNTON Every year, the “Conference of the Ambassadors” is a central moment in France’s foreign policy, as the French president reflects on the country’s achievements and outlines its...

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...

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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...

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