Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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Anand Panyarachun discusses the finding of the report on the "High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change" at the United Nations, after it was presented to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, on December 2, 2004. Henny Ray Abrams/Reuters

Anand Panyarachun and The Making of Modern Thailand: A Review

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May 20, 2019

How Morrison Won – and What His Win Means for the U.S.-Australia Alliance

James Curran is a professor of modern history at Sydney University. As the dust begins to settle on the stunning, unexpected result from the Australian elections over the weekend, the re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison will face once more the challenge of a turbulent strategic environment. Central to that task will be how he manages the relationship with a White House that is increasingly ratcheting up the pressure on Beijing across both the economic and security fronts.

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May 17, 2019

North Korea
Nuclear Plans Are Closely-Held Secrets for a Reason

If Washington alone must shoulder the responsibility for the deployment and possible usage of weapons of mass destruction, it alone must control when and how they are deployed and used.

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May 15, 2019

Southeast Asia
The Implications of Duterte’s Midterm Victory

Although in his first three years in office President Rodrigo Duterte has proven divisive internationally, this week’s midterm elections show that he retains enormous power over Philippine politics. In fact, after his allies’ sweeping victories in both houses of congress, he probably now has more control than any Philippine leader since dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

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