Around 33,000 child marriages took place in 2020 in Indonesia, a new report shows. This comes with more girls in Australia’s region dropping out of school and taking on more caring responsibilities.
On the surface, Japan and the US are firm friends. But there are some interesting dynamics at play.
Beijing is shaping as an important player in the international effort to resolve the political situation in Myanmar.
After arresting Aung San Suu Kyi once again, the army is clearly not ready to relinquish control.
In 35 years as leader, prime minster Hun Sen has steadily undermined democracy in Cambodia.
One of the world’s worst refugee crises is still unfolding, and conditions on the ground have barely improved.
The measure of women’s political advancement isn’t the number of female leaders, but the changes they make to everyday women’s lives.
After 61 years, Malaysia has finally seen the opposition take control. What now?
Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarianism has progressed from death squads and martial law to cracking down on press freedom.
Refugees’ rights are protected by international law. Why are the Rohingya being returned home?
Once a beacon of democratic hope, Myanmar’s ‘civilian’ government is showing its true nature.
It turns out that the president of the Philippines is exactly who he said he was.
The House of Saud’s recent efforts to push back against Iran have not paid off. Time to lock in some more allies.
The world has waited hopefully for democracy to blossom in Myanmar. But the new regime looks much like the old one.
From stubborn military rule to religious ‘mobocracy’, five young democracies show signs of slipping backwards.
China may have more to gain from Trump’s rise than any other nation – but the risks of a miscalculation are enormous.
Trade incentives and more inclusive union leadership could improve working conditions in the garment industry – particularly for women.
Security and economic interests, in the guise of the 12-member Trans-Pacific Partnership (seven of which hail from the Asia-Pacific), are causing anxiety among US friends and allies.
Once one of the world’s very poorest countries, Cambodia has been through a remarkable two and a half decades of growth and development.
Shifts in southeast Asian countries’ political leadership has led to another worrying region-wide shift: away from liberalism.