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Yingluck's Win: Potential Crisis or Step Forward for Thai Democracy?

Pheu Thai candidate Yingluck Shinawatra greets supporters in Chiang Rai province on May 22, 2011. Shinawatra and her party went on to win a decisive victory in Thailand's elections on July 3. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

The Pheu Thai party’s victory in Thailand's July 3 elections could turn into a new crisis rather than being a step forward for Thailand’s fragile democracy. If the Pheu Thai were to implement all the outlandish election promises it has given — free computers to all schoolchildren, free wi-fi, higher rice prices for the farmers, generous pensions for the elderly, new super-fast trains, a substantial increase in the minimum wage and so on — it would ruin the country’s economy.

As CCP Turns 90, Time For 'Backward Glances' and 'Symbolic Gestures'

A Chinese military band practices inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing before celebrations start for the Chinese Communist Party's 90th anniversary on July 1, 2011. (Peter Parks/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Asia Society Associate Fellow Jeffrey Wasserstrom has a piece in Miller-McCune magazine set to coincide with today's 90th anniversary of the Chineses Anniversary. In "Whose Road Led to Hu’s China?" Wasserstrom — author of China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know — asks, "What kinds of historical echoes sound loudest in today’s China?

In Burma, Signs of Confrontation to Come

Myanmar's democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi (C) walks through a crowd of supporters and reporters as she arrives for celebrations of her 66th birthday at the National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters in Yangon on June 19, 2011. (Soe Than Win/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

As Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi prepares to tour her country despite warnings from the hard-line government, a new confrontation may be brewing, says Asia Society Consultant Priscilla Clapp.

Video: Latest Khmer Rouge Trial Underway in Cambodia, But Will There be More?

Policy

Asia Society Bernard Schwartz Associate Fellow John Ciorciari on why Case 002 in the Khmer Rouge tribunals could be the last.

Hassina Sherjan: U.S. Needs to Stay in Afghanistan Another '15, 20 Years'

Hassina Sherjan in New York on June 23, 2011.
Policy

Following Obama's troop drawdown timetable, Hassina Sherjan discusses what the U.S. must do before leaving Afghanistan.

Experts: Afghan 'Arab Spring' Would Lead to 'Anarchy and Chaos'

Panelists speaking at Asia Society Southern California's discussion on Afghanistan in Los Angeles on June 21, 2011.
Policy

Asia Society Southern California held a panel discussion Tuesday to discuss the proposed troop drawdown.

John Ciorciari: 'Non-negligible Risk of War' in South China Sea

John D. Ciorciari speaks on the conflict between China and its neighbors with Asia Society.
Policy

John D. Ciorciari has written a CNN opinion piece on China's conflict with Southeast Asian countries over the South China Sea.

Michael O'Hanlon: U.S. Needs 'Another Three Years' in Afghanistan

Policy

The U.S. needs to balance troop withdrawal in a way that doesn't destabilize Afghanistan, says Michael O'Hanlon, who is appearing at the Asia Society in New York this week.

Foreign Policy on Jon Huntsman's Journey from China to Presidential Hopeful

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., during his time as U.S. Envoy to China. March 8, 2010. (saucy_pan/Flickr)
Policy

Asia Society's Orville Schell talks with the magazine about the latest presidential candidate's China experience.

Metzl: Self Interests Dictate China and Russia's UN Votes on Syria

Policy

The U.N. Council has failed to act on the Syrian government's violent crackdown on dissidents, Asia Society's Executive Vice President, Jamie Metzl, weighs in as to why.