Foreign NGOs are struggling to adapt to a new legal environment under Xi Jinping.
The Chinese leader's recent "cultural war" seems to be part of an unpleasant “new normal” for China, in which any excuse can be used to justify a tightening of control, writes Jeffrey Wasserstrom.
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.
In the Asia-Pacific region, large-scale migration continues to be an upwardly trending phenomenon and, sadly, migrant vulnerability and exploitation is glaringly apparent, writes Andrew Billo.
Many outside North Korea are restless and ambitious to push for change according to their own agendas, writes Katharine H.S. Moon.
Whatever you think of Thaksin Shinawatra, his refusal to return to Thailand has been destabilizing for the country, writes Duncan McCargo.
The only useful outlet for the expression of popular concerns in China is the internet, says new media expert Hu Yong.
"As the smoke has cleared and the dust has settled, the situation appears depressingly normal," writes Bertil Lintner.
A look back at 2011's "micro-disputes" in Southeast Asia may provide a glimpse into the types of spats the region will continue to face, writes Andrew Billo.
The stage is set for increased scrutiny around upcoming elections in Taiwan, the United States and South Korea, and a leadership transition scheduled to take place in China, writes Michael Kulma.