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Zen & the Chinese Art of Motorcycle Driving

One cloudless August day in 1998, I rented a bicycle and rode straight through the heart of central Beijing. It was the kind of day China's capital never sees anymore — expansive blue skies, crisp, clean morning air and virtually ...

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South Thailand’s Muslim Insurgency is not Global Jihad

South Thailand's Muslim Insurgency is not Global Jihad

Introduction In the early morning of January 4, 2004, a group of armed men raided an army depot at the Rajanakarin Camp in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat. They walked away with hundreds of military-grade weapons, and left four Thai ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 12.14.14

Regional Roundup for Week of 12.14.14

Will & Brian, ExSE founders, recently returned from an 18 day field trip to Thailand and Laos with many new stories to tell and much analysis to deliver to the readership.  By far the biggest topic heard far and wide ...

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How’s it Going, Thailand?

How's it Going, Thailand?

In the late afternoon of May 22, 2014--about the time when many people were leaving their offices--many TV screens turned frozen. The tunes behind put many in reminiscence: patriotic songs that once were ubiquitous in Thailand 50 years ago came ...

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The Illicit Drug Industry & Counter-Narcotics in Southeast Asia

On 5 October 2011, when Thai river police investigated reported gunshots on the middle reaches of the Mekong River, they discovered two cargo vessels and their 12 Chinese crew members, all of whom had been executed and their bodies dumped ...

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China’s Maritime Silk Road is all about Africa

China's Maritime Silk Road is all about Africa

A recently signed agreement between China and Thailand sheds light on the dynamics of the Maritime Silk Road. Amid all the fanfare and media buzz about China’s re-envisioning of its two Silk Road projects, the New Silk Road and the Maritime ...

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