The political tensions threatening to destabilize Pakistan seemed to reach explosive proportions with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December. Still, the elections, though postponed, finally took place in February. Pakistani
To observers outside Pakistan, recent developments in the country have elicited alarmist predictions about the future. While much uncertainty remains, there are also some signs that things could turn our better than expected.
Afghanistan has defied numerous efforts by outsiders to subdue and control it. As nexus of narcotics and terrorism, however, the world cannot afford to walk away from assisting the country's return to stability.
Despite energetic efforts, many of them assisted by the international community, to forge peace in Sri Lanka, war once again is tearing at the country.
The history of modern India is one of a series of dramatic transformations that, taken together, have allowed the country to emerge as a modern nation. It is poised to change further, but not without risks.
Despite a tradition of secularism in government, Bangladesh has not escaped the creeping influence of Islamist extremism, including involvement in acts of international terrorism.
Taiwan has effectively declared independence by re-drawing its lines of autonomy.
What exactly is meant by the term “Taiwanese?” Who are they and where do they come from?
The death of former Indonesian President Suharto in January triggered a wave of national mourning and an occasion to reflect on his contributions to the nation, good and bad.
Founded in 1989, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, or APEC, has evolved implausibly into an important and permanent feature of regional economic and security diplomacy. Distinguished academic and APEC scholar Richard Feinberg takes a close look
The landslide election of Lee Myung-bak as South Korea's new president represented a dramatic return to power of the conservative Grand National Party. It was the largest election victory in the country's democratic era.
Monuments are visible markers, testimonials to histories that cannot be recovered. When they are destroyed through wars, natural disasters or vandalism, a double loss is felt.
Often dismissed as an irrelevant “talking shop,” the Association of Southeast Nations greeted its 40th anniversary with questions still in the air about its future importance.