Cambodia, scene of the killing fields of genocide less than four decades ago, has just completed a major step forward. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the awkward title of an important United Nations tribunal established to endeavor to bring justice to the mass murderers of the demented Khmer Rouge regime. The regime, in power from 1975 to 1979, killed at least 1.5 million and perhaps over 2 million of their fellow Cambodians.
Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries — China, India, and Indonesia — led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded leaders.
Despite winning this year's election, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo must await the final and binding decision of Indonesia's Constitutional Court. Still, it is only a matter of time before he is sworn in as the nation's seventh president, most likely at the end of October.
Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there's a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of St. Nazaire. There amid the construction cranes and buzzing machine shops of one of France's largest naval shipbuilders, two new steel grey ships are taking form; both being amphibious assault ships for the Russian navy.
If Asia is to move forward toward greater peace and prosperity, the region must say bye to the politics of both race and religion. How fitting it would be if the latest return visit to Asia by America's top diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on behalf of America's first African-American president, also helped push the region, including mainland China, to move beyond stereotypes. This is critical.
And so he's gone. But not from our memories of laughter and sadness to which his movies moved us.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), in its 2014 assessment of the Chinese economy, has advised the country to adopt lower growth targets and to put more emphasis on enacting reforms made public last November. Slower growth now will lead to higher, sustainable growth later, it said, but if reforms are not put in place, GDP growth may well plummet.
About a century ago, after World War I, British and French leaders carved up the Middle East and set the modern borders of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
Dr. Elinor Graham and her friend, Dr. Roseda Marshall, are two remarkable doctors united by their concern for the well-being of the Liberian people. In recent weeks they have been gathering medical supplies and raising awareness about Liberia among Americans.
The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) badly needs to pay more attention to new challenges in the security landscape of both this and more far-flung regions of the globe, addressing them with intensive collective discussion.