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Aung San Suu Kyi Tops Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 Poll

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Aung San Suu Kyi, Japanese rescue crews and Ai Weiwei at the top of Asia Blog's Person of the Year 2011 poll.

Obama's Military Commitment in East Asia Fraught With Risk

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (C) listens as U.S. President Barack Obama (R) delivers remarks on the Defense Strategic Review at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Also pictured is Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter (L). President Obama vowed Thursday that the U.S. military would maintain its
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The U.S. now needs to manage its Asian alliances carefully, so as not to provoke China in particularly volatile areas like the South China Sea, writes Andrew Billo.

2011: In Thailand, the Pardon That Wasn't

Toys in the form of exiled former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on sale in Bangkok. (Flickr/Pittaya Sroilong)
Policy Whatever you think of Thaksin Shinawatra, his refusal to return to Thailand has been destabilizing for the country, writes Duncan McCargo.

2011: The Year of the Southeast Asia Mini-Crisis

 The site of the proposed Xayaburi Dam in Laos on July 22, 2011. The dam was at the middle of one of several
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2011 in Southeast Asia saw a number of micro-disputes that haven’t yet escalated into full-fledged conflict. Much of the current disagreement is based upon historical rivalries and domestic political insecurities, while weak governance in the region continues to be a source of worry.

Vishakha Desai: Female Politicians in Asia Making it on Merit

Yingluck Sinawatra may be following in the footsteps of her brother, Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, but had her own career as a successful businesswoman before she became the country's first female prime minister. (Flickr/Ratchaprasong 2)
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Asia Society President Vishakha Desai says that there's something different about the quality of female politicians in Asia today.

Poll: Who is Asia's Person of the Year?

Real-life persons of the year? Rescue workers carry someone believed to be contaminated with radiation to a treatment center in Nihonmatsu city in Japan's Fukushima prefecture on Mar. 13, 2011. (Jiji Press/AFP/Getty Images)
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America's Time magazine has just named "The Protester" as its 2011 Person of the Year. But who would be the most prominent Asian of 2011?

Photo of the Day: Rainy Night in Patong, Thailand

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A bright rainy night in Patong, Thailand, November 13, 2011. (samparadise /Flickr)

Video: Duncan McCargo on the Political and Economic Impact of Thailand's Floods

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In a video interview, Asia Society Associate Fellow Duncan McCargo, the 2009 Bernard Schwartz Book Award winner, analyzes the political and economic implications of Thailand's worst flooding in more than half a century.

Photo of the Day: Buggin' Out

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"Shield Bug" in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Thailand. (Troup1/Flickr)

A Coming Thaw in Thai-Cambodian Ties?

A Cambodian solider guards the grounds of the 11th-century Preah Vihear temple as tensions remain high on both sides of the border, on Feb. 8, 2011 in Preah Vihear, Cambodia. The 900-year-old temple belongs to Cambodia following a 1962 World Court ruling but this remains disputed by many Thais. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
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Yingluck Shinawatra's triumph in the recent Thai general elections creates space for rapprochement with Cambodia. 

Yingluck promptly promised to "restore good relations with neighboring countries" — a swipe at the outgoing government of Abhisit Vejjajiva, which presided over a tense period of Thai-Cambodian confrontation over Preah Vihear temple and other disputed sites.

The border dispute became entangled with the red-yellow rivalry in Thai domestic politics in 2008.