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Thai election 2019

Amidst Uncertainty, Two Key Takeaways from the Thai Elections

On March 24, Thais went to the polls for the first time in eight years. Most Thais approached the election with a mix of...

Protecting Kem Sokha and Democracy in Cambodia

Under the leadership of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, the only opposition party in parliament, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), was arbitrarily dissolved...
Prime Minister Hun Sen

The EU Must Factor Cambodia’s Salami Slicing of the Opposition

A delegation from the European Union will visit Cambodia next week as part of the process of withdrawing duty-free access to EU markets under...
Ho Chi Minh City Skyline

Signs of Acceleration: Unleashing Vietnam’s Economic Potential

Vietnam has been in the news in recent weeks because the Summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un...
Aung San Suu kyi

New Dynamics of South Korea-Myanmar Economic Relations

Myanmar has witnessed a drop in Foreign Direct Investment. In 2017-2018, it received 5.7 billion USD, down from over 6.6 billion in the previous...
National Bank of Cambodia

Cambodia’s Money Laundering Relisting Shows Dangers of Corrupt Institutions

The global money laundering watchdog Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in February put Cambodia on its "grey" watchlist because of concerns over money laundering....
Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha wave to protesters

Cambodia’s Exiled Opposition Vows Return to Create Democratic Change

The end game is approaching for Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen. The former Khmer Rouge commander who has held power since 1985 has returned...

Thailand’s Fractured Refugee Landscape

Early this January, 18-year old Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun captured the world’s attention when she barricaded herself in a Thai hotel room after fleeing abuse...
Prime Minister Hun Sen of Cambodia

Hun Sen Fears Civil Society Revolt in Cambodia

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen repeatedly lashed out at opponents last week in an attempt to respond to critics or potential rivals that could...

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