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Yusuf Meiraili, a suspect in the Erawan shrine bombing.

Regional Roundup for Week of 9.21.2015


EXSE FOCUS Solving Southeast Asia’s drug problem – East by Southeast The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries. The White ...

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Solving Southeast Asia’s drug problem

Solving Southeast Asia's drug problem


The Obama administration has once again named Myanmar and Laos to its list of twenty-two countries determined to be major drug trafficking countries or major drug transit countries. The White House memo, issued on Monday, noted that Myanmar “failed demonstrably ...

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A statue of Brahma at the Erawan shrine in Bangkok. The Hindu shrine is popular with people of Chinese descent, including Thais.

Why Beijing isn't using the Erawan Shrine bombing to its advantage


A connection between Uyghur militants from China's northwest and the August 17th bombing of Bangkok's Erawan Shrine has been confirmed. Thailand's police chief made the link explicit during a news conference Tuesday. While the geopolitical consequences of the connection remain ...

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Kunming-based think tank fighting Myanmar forest loss

Kunming-based think tank fighting Myanmar forest loss


A new project promoting agroforestry as a sustainable alternative to current farming practices in the uplands of Myanmar is underway. Led by the World Agroforestry Centre's East and Central Asia regional program, and approved by the country's Minister of Environmental ...

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Yusuf Meiraili, a suspect in the Erawan shrine bombing.

Regional Roundup for Week of 9.14.15


EXSE FOCUS China Is Recreating the American ‘Hub-and-Spoke’ System in Asia – The Diplomat Participants discussed topics including Asia’s financial future, development and security, the postwar international order, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative, energy security, counter-terrorism, and the role of ...

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Lao National Assembly Approves Don Sahong Dam

Lao National Assembly Approves Don Sahong Dam


Regional media and NGOs in Southeast Asia are calling the controversial Don Sahong dam on the Mekong River a “time bomb,” and the project’s recent approval by the Lao PDR government has initiated a ticking countdown. Daovong Phonekeo, director general ...

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