Asia Unbound
Blogs

Asia Unbound

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

Latest Post

Thailand's opposition Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit speaks to his party supporters during a news conference at the party's headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand on January 21, 2020. Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Thailand’s Political Treadmill Keeps Running

This week, Thailand’s constitutional court found Thailand’s Future Forward Party, one of the two most prominent opposition parties, not guilty of conspiring to overthrow the monarchy. This verdict kept Future Forward from being disbanded—for now. Read More

January 17, 2020

Asia
Podcast: Samm Sacks on Data Governance and Great Power Rivalry

The United States and China increasingly seem locked in a technological rivalry that may determine much of the twenty-first century’s security and prosperity. The outcome of that competition could be shaped by how the two countries and their allies decide to manage the vast amounts of data generated by the modern digital economy. Samm Sacks, cybersecurity policy and China digital economy fellow at New America, discusses these issues and many more with Stephen A. Schwarzman Senior Fellow for Asia Studies Mira Rapp-Hooper in the latest episode of the Asia Unbound podcast series.

Read More

January 13, 2020

Taiwan
Tsai Ing-wen’s Victory: A Few Initial Notes

Although Taiwan’s presidential election seemed, in the middle of last year, like it was going to be a close contest, this past weekend incumbent Tsai Ing-wen, of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), was handily re-elected to a second term in office. Tsai won in a landslide, badly outperforming her challenger, the Kuomintang’s (KMT) Han Kuo-yu.

Read More

January 8, 2020

Southeast Asia
Thailand’s Press Warms to Chinese State Media

In a country ruled for much of the 2010s by a repressive military junta, and where information about powerful actors can be dangerous to dig up, Khao Sod has built a reputation as one of the most respected news outlets in Thailand. Although Khao Sod is a mass market daily with a broad readership, it is known for aggressive reporting. It has hired reporters like Pravit Rojanaphruk, one of the most fearless writers in the country.

Read More