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US, Thailand Need 'Shared Vision' to Revitalize Ties

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks with Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. on June 13, 2012. (YouTube)
Policy Thailand is a rare example of a U.S. relationship in Asia that has languished — but if the countries can build around Thailand’s role at the center of a new, broader “Asia,” there may indeed be room for progress after all.

Interview: 'Political Stability at Home' Key to South China Sea Peace

A Philippine soldier stands guard next to fishing boats at a pier in Masinloc town, Zambales province, 140 miles from Scarborough Shoal on May 18, 2012. Philippine President Benigno Aquino told protesters to abort plans to sail May 18, to the disputed South China Sea shoal also claimed by China. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/GettyImages)
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Huang Jing, Director of the Center on Asia and Globalization at the Singapore-based Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, discusses the current tensions in the South China Sea.

Brokered Marriages: Matchmaking or Exploitation?

A screenshot from J&N Viet-Bride's website showcases couples who met through the Singapore-based matchmaking service. (jnvietbride.com.sg)
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The movement of migrant brides throughout Asia is controlled by a network of agents whose motives are more driven by profits than the welfare of the people they profess to help, writes Andrew Billo.

It's a Bentley, It's Corruption, It's a Problem

Models stand beside the Bentley Continental GT V8 car during the 2012 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition at China International Exhibition Center on April 25, 2012 in Beijing, China. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
Policy Corruption is more of a factor in rising economic inequality than the Asian Development Bank gives it credit for in a recent report, writes Asia Society's Andrew Billo.

Gross National Happiness vs. Gross Domestic Product

Bhutan has been rated the happiest country in Asia. (Michael Foley Photography/Flickr)
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While the U.N. debates the merits of Bhutan's way of thinking, Asia Society's Andrew Billo writes that wellbeing and happiness in Southeast Asia can only be achieved by avoiding resource depletion.

In Southeast Asia, U.S. Preaches Human Rights While China Opens Door to Trade

A Cambodian woman washing dishes outside her house on the edge of the Boeung Kak lake (background) in central Phnom Penh as debris from destroyed buildings litter the ground nearby on May 25, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy The U.S. needs to tone down its human rights rhetoric with Southeast Asian countries like Myanmar if it intends to compete with China in the region.

Stakes High in War Over Indonesia's Gas Prices

An Indonesian policeman shoots tear gas towards protesters during a protest against the government's plan to hike prices of fuel in Surabaya on March 29, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
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Lifting fuel subsidies to invest in education, social services and infrastructure is a necessary step to secure Indonesia’s economic and political future, writes Ann Marie Murphy.

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.

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.

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)
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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.