• BANGKOK – Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha will live to rule another day with a highly anticipated Constitutional Court ruling on the legality of his tenure under constitutionally-mandated eight-year term limits. But the end of his strongman era is now more clearly, though not decisively, in sight. Amid tight security, opposition protests and fears of […]
  • Kingship knows no kinship.” This old Indian saying is attributed to Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor who murdered his own three brothers to take the throne. It is a sad fact, even in the competitive Indian politics of today. Politicians use any strategy to gain control. The present ruling party in India is a classic example. It is […]
  • In recent years, a seemingly endless stream of conferences, workshops and studies have been conducted to answer a key question for countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA): Why do so few women in the region work? Currently, just 19% of MENA’s labor force is female, the lowest worldwide. Despite plans and policies to address […]
  • TOKYO — When Larry Summers says it’s bad, you know it’s bad. Ex-Treasury Secretary Summers made his bones amid the wreckage of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Summers was a key member of the financial fire brigade tending to — and at times making worse — a blazing meltdown that left big scars. As such, […]
  • Australian Sean Turnell, an economic advisor to Myanmar’s democratically-elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, has been in prison since the military coup of February 2021, awaiting trial for the supposed crime of stealing state secrets. This week a puppet court sentenced him to three years in prison, alongside Suu Kyi, who has already been sentenced […]