Five years of junta rule trammelled Thailand’s relations with the US and pushed it to new military and strategic ties with China. Prayuth hasn’t left Washington for Beijing—Bangkok is just being pragmatic.
Articles by Skylar Lindsay
As droughts and flooding in the Mekong River basin become harsher and more frequent due to the effects of climate change, coal and hydropower may no longer be viable development paths for the region.
New Myanmar-China and Laos-Cambodia border agreements saw leaders exploit power dynamics to push national interests that risk exacerbating ethnic conflicts and political repression.
The Indonesian government’s plan to move its capital to Borneo ignores the voices of the Dayak indigenous people and poses massive risks to the environment.
Southeast Asian economies are facing a downturn as markets follow trends in the US and China. If the slide continues, it risks worsening wealth inequality and poverty across the region.
Renewed violence between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military in Shan State has thrown joint China-Myanmar development plans into question. Relying on China to broker peace seems an increasingly risky gamble.
Twenty years after independence, Timor-Leste struggles to define its future beyond foreign influences and a volatile fossil fuel economy. Its bid to join ASEAN is finally moving ahead and represents a key piece of its development agenda.
Rice merchants in Myanmar are struggling to adapt to a new barter trade deal with China. The barter deal aims to stabilise border trade but risks depriving Myanmar’s rice industry of much-needed income.
Southeast Asia’s drug trade is booming—seizures of meth in ASEAN have tripled in the last five years. The region’s drug problem is shaped by ineffective law enforcement and wealth inequality and now threatens sustainable development.
China is pushing two of its Belt and Road development projects in Myanmar without addressing local communities’ social and environmental concerns.