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Greg Torode

Heady times

For anyone with experience of Vietnam's historic opening to the world in 1994, the atmosphere in Yangon now carries a sense of deja vu as Myanmar becomes the region's 'next big thing'.

Tuesday, 24 April, 2012, 12:00am

Nervous hush

If there is an unspeakable c-word at the sharp end of northeast Asian affairs, it is 'contingency'. Delve into security issues bedevilling the Korean Peninsula - the world's last cold war frontier - and it quickly becomes apparent that the issue of how the region's powers would react should North Korea one day implode is exceptionally sensitive.

13 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Out of fizz

US political operatives have a favourite old saw to describe the challenges of a re-election campaign: You can't catch lightning in a bottle twice. The message seems particularly potent as the campaign machine of US President Barack Obama starts cranking into life once again.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Eldest son's role remains a mystery

As North Korea-watching reaches new heights in the build-up to Kim Jong-il's funeral next week, many in the region are wondering about the whereabouts of his eldest son, Kim Jong-nam.

Jong-nam, who lives in Macau, has not appeared in public this week and his name is absent from the 232-strong committee organising his father's state funeral in Pyongyang.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Where to now for the hermit kingdom?

To begin to understand the stakes underpinning North Korea's transition of power in communism's only dynasty, you only need to drive less than an hour from central Seoul. Here, as you drive through plains of mudflats and reeds, you will notice fortifications jutting out of the wilderness, or maybe a column of camouflaged soldiers stalking through the scrub.

20 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

All revved up with nowhere to go

If there is one international news event that has resonated locally this week, it has to be Sunday's 14-car pile-up in southern Japan, which included eight Ferraris and a Lamborghini Diablo. Perhaps only Hong Kong shares with Japan such a concentration of super-fast luxury cars and the boy racers who drive them.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Political weapon

Keep an eye on the European Union's arms embargo on China. As the region digests the impact of Premier Wen Jiabao's historic speech this month to the World Economic Forum in Dalian, it is the economic impact on China's relations with a troubled Europe that has obviously snared the headlines.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Coup season

Examining the brittle bones of Thai democracy after an election that has yet again restored the Thaksin political machine to power, the lessons for a region wary of Thai-style instability are not immediately clear.

5 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Vote fixated on man who isn't there

The political billboards festooning Bangkok show everything from burning shopping malls and enraged former bordello owners to monitor lizards in suits - but there is only one name on everyone's lips as Thailand goes to the polls today: Thaksin Shinawatra.

3 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

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