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
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
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
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
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
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