A woman shows her voter registration card at a polling station in Timor-Leste, where she is waiting to cast her vote in today’s presidential run-off.

Timor Leste: After the UN’s departure, can the country sustain its rise?

The United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT) withdrew its troops on December 31st, 2012. When introduced in 2006, it aimed to “bring about a process of national reconciliation and to foster social cohesion’. This task is almost complete Read on! →

Thein Sein, President of Burma (Myanmar), speaking during the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, June 6 ,2013.

Burma: Is Wirathu really the ‘Burmese Bin Laden’?

In recent months, international media has reported on the sporadic violence and ethnic tensions which have gripped the fledgling south-east Asian country of Burma. Reports show how the majority Buddhist population has conducted an almost systematic programme of harassment, persecution Read on! →

Some militant Buddhist monks have been active in the violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Burma: Buddhism and the rise of Burmese militant nationalism

Compassion, humility, and tranquillity: these are the images that we have typically come to associate with Buddhism in the West. It is a religion that preaches non-violence, and many in the Europe and America have adopted its philosophies as a Read on! →

The Brahmaputra is one of the major rivers of Asia. It originates in the Himalayas and flows through China and India to Bangaldesh

India: Water security at risk as agreement with China fails

China and India recently failed to sign a bilateral agreement on how to share the water of the Brahmaputra River despite meeting to discuss the issue in May. Prime Ministers from both countries met in New Delhi to discuss several Read on! →

Kolkata version of Candle Light march from Esplanade to Rabindra Sadan on 22 Dec, 2012, against The Delhi Rape Case

India: Fighting back against the sexist culture [Op-Ed]

The world was horrified to hear of the brutal gang-rape of a 23 year old student in Delhi last December, none more so than the people of India themselves. In the weeks following, India saw widespread protests, as did the Read on! →

A Mongolian nomad milking a cow

Mongolia: UNEP’s answer to food wastage

Mongolia is one of the fastest growing countries in the world and has now been put under the spotlight by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). One of the biggest contradictions of our times, the shortage and wastage of food, Read on! →

Rohingya children in a refugee camp.

Burma: Can Burma become a multi-ethnic Asian star?

When President Obama visited Burma last year, he was careful to temper any praise he had for the recent reforms undertaken by Burmese President Thein Sein and his government.

Xi Jinping addresses an audience in New Zealand in 2010. He was still the Vice Presidnet at the time.

China: Xi pursues a unified communist ‘dream’

Last week, Xi Jinping took office as the President of the People’s Republic of China, officially assuming full power of his position during National People’s Congress. During his closing speech, Xi called upon the nation to unite in the pursuit Read on! →

Ieng Sary during the trial hearing in Case 002 on 20 March 2012

Cambodia: War crimes suspect Ieng Sary dies at 87

Former Khmer Rouge leader and defendant at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, Ieng Sary, died at the Khmer Soviet Friendship Hospital in this capital last Thursday morning. He was 87.

India's Parliament

India: Was Afzal Guru denied a fair trial?

In February, Mohammed Afzal Guru was executed for his alleged involvement in the December 2001 attacks on India’s lower house of parliament, the Lok Sabha.