Malaysia’s Sultans Regain Power

Leadership vacuum at both state and national levels opens the door


China Breaks its Promise to Hong Kong

China fears democracy contagion if true universal suffrage were allowed in Hong Kong


Thai PM Prayuth Picks a Loose Cannon

Picked by Prayuth as a graft-buster, key official exposed as extravagant spendthrift

Indonesia’s Bare-Knuckle Politics Target Democracy

Threat to local elections, fuel subsidy stalemate and corruption arrests point to tense transition

Cambodia’s Preah Vihear Temple After the conflict

A disputed temple comes back to life after Cambodia-Thai border squabble

Book Review: Free Trade’s Ardent advocate

Free Trade’s First Missionary: Sir John Bowring in Europe and Asia. By Philip Bowring.  Hong Kong University Press, hardback, 282 pp. Available on Kindle

Vietnam Quickly Shutters ‘Land Reform’ Exhibit

Show on post-WWII revolutionary land policy causes online outrage and is soon closed

Book Review: The Art of Symbolic Resistance

Uyghur Identities and Uyghur-Han Relations in Contemporary Xinjiang by Joanne Smith Finley