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    Sri Lanka: Most Economically Free South Asian Nation

    Sri Lanka has maintained its position as the most economically free nation in South Asia, according to the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom. The country has a sustained annual growth rate of 6 percent since 2010 and continues to pursue economic reforms and liberalization. Despite a dip in its global … More

    Southeast Asia and Its Press Freedom Woes

    A Burmese court recently sentenced a journalist to jail for purported defamation, coarse language, and trespassing. The journalist, Ma Khine, was reporting on corruption and video piracy when she allegedly got into an argument during an agreed-upon interview with lawyer Aye Aye Phyo, who asked her to leave his home … More

    India: Budding Blue-Water Navy Capabilities

    India’s recent acquisition of the Russian-made aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya demonstrates its desire to increase its naval strength. Building a blue-water navy suggests that India is seeking to project both force and influence in the Asia–Pacific and hedge against China’s growing sphere of influence and continued naval buildup. India’s newest … More

    Trending Terrorism in Asia

    A recent survey of indicators compiled and presented by The Heritage Foundation found that Asian countries comprise three out of the top four countries with the most domestic terrorist attacks. Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India make it into the top five for domestic terrorist attacks, and Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, … More

    Asian Immigration Outpacing Immigration from Latin America

    Asian immigration may soon exceed Latin American immigration, according to a recently released report from The Heritage Foundation. Immigration from China and India alone are more than total immigration from Mexico. This trend could be a reflection of a larger problem—a lack of high-skilled labor in the U.S. Many U.S. … More

    Asia Accounts for Two out of Three People Enslaved Worldwide

    The recently released Global Slavery Index reveals that there are an estimated 29.8 million people enslaved worldwide. Almost half of the index’s listed top offenders are from Asia. Mauritania, Haiti, and Pakistan have the highest prevalence of trafficking, but India, China, and Pakistan enslave the highest number of people. And … More

    Chinese Call for “De-Americanization” Is an Empty Suggestion

    A recent editorial in the Chinese newspaper Global Times called for “de-Americanization.” Concerned with the American government shutdown and the prospect of the debt ceiling not being raised, the editorial argued that the United States is too irresponsible to be allowed to remain the dominant power. “Such alarming days when … More

    Southeast Asia: In Obama’s Absence, China Takes Initiative

    Reactions to President Obama’s absence from this year’s Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum highlighted the stakes of American leadership in Southeast Asia and shined a spotlight on China’s rising challenge to U.S. influence in the region. Amidst the ongoing government shutdown, President Obama abruptly canceled his highly anticipated trip to … More

    Asia: What’s at Stake for America

    The Heritage Foundation’s Asian Studies Center recently released “A New View of Asia: 24 Charts That Show What’s at Stake for America,” an annual publication highlighting the critical importance of U.S.–Asia relations. The report documents in graphic form important economic, geographic, military, and political trends in the region and emphasizes … More

    Southeast Asia and the Limits of American Soft Power

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s swing through Southeast Asia last week was notable not for the headlines and handshake photos he generated but the ones generated by the Chinese. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi was hosting the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers in Beijing during the Secretary’s … More