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Southeast Asia's New Dominoes

America's pivot to Asia is raising eyebrows about a new domino theory that counters China's rise. (Great Beyond/Flickr)
Policy

Vietnam and the United States increasingly see a common interest in Southeast Asia. President Truong Tan Sang's upcoming visit to the White House is perhaps a harbinger of this budding bilateral relationship.

Philippines' UN Suit Against China More About Honor Than Action

Policy

Asia Society's Andrew Billo says the Philippines filing of legal claims against China over the South China Sea does not mean the country will risk jeopardizing economic relations with its powerful neighbor.

UN Security Council Adds Australia, S. Korea β€” Does This Strengthen a US Asian 'Pivot'?

Australia Foreign Minister Bob Carr (R) during the United Nations General Assembly session October 18, 2012 before the vote for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the years 2013-2014 in New York. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

After Thursday's vote added two key Asia-Pacific allies, the U.S. could now find greater support in pursuing actions favorable to its interests in the region, writes Andrew Billo.

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)
Policy

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.

Interview: U.S. 'Emboldens' Philippines In South China Sea Dispute With China

The guided-missile destroyers USS Sampson and USS Pinkney operate in the South China Sea in 2010. (U.S. Navy/David Mercil)
Policy

In an interview with a Global Post reporter Asia Society Senior Program Officer Andrew Billo says the U.S.'s military involvement in the South China Sea has increased tension in the region.

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)
Policy

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.

Kevin Rudd and Australia's Role in the 'Asia Pacific Century'

Kevin Rudd, Foreign Minister of Australia. (Mahmud Turkia/AFP/Getty Images)
Policy

Australia's foreign minister is speaking at the Asia Society in New York on Friday, January 11, 2012. Whether or not most Australians identify themselves as "Asian," the country's future is directly tied to its neighbors to the north, writes Andrew Billo.

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
Policy

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.