Category Archives: Indochine

South and Southeast Asia

A Sobering Look at the Rise of China and Asia

China’s decade long surge into becoming an economic power house and global heavy hitter has given rise to a myriad of theories and assertions regarding the role of Asia in this century. It has been widely touted that the 21st … Continue reading

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Bypassing the Strait of Malacca

We’ve previously reviewed the strategic importance of the Strait of Malacca, noting that it is one of the world’s top choke points. It is heavily used by oil tankers and bulk carriers, seeing approximately 80 percent of Korea and Japan’s … Continue reading

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Dress for success… or else!

The great debate over Islamic dress is not only happening in France and the UK, but also in Islamic countries. The war against cultural imperialism seems to start with outward appearances. I mean one of the great symbols of globalization … Continue reading

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The Curzons in Phuket

Lady Curzon and myself are taking a week of vacation in the island of Phuket, Thailand. Needless to say we can’t wait — we need the break and change of pace — so no posting for the next week while … Continue reading

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Is It There or Isn’t It?

Noticed this confusing piece from last week on IWPR: As Indian newspapers continue to speculate that the country will secure a military base in Tajikistan, analysts in Dushanbe are dismissive of the idea, because regional neighbours would strongly oppose it. … Continue reading

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Photo of the week

From Schoolgirls posing with the latest “trend,” military soldiers who just brought on a military coup and ousted the PM. : Sexy, or just cool? You decide.

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Curzon’s Journey across the Far East

My overland journey through Vietnam, China and Japan finished half a year ago, but my in-depth report of that trip is finally complete. Six months in the making, this is the latest permanent feature for the travelogue library. I … Continue reading

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Hotspots: East Timor, Afghanistan, and Somalia

I’ve been meaning to write about some hotspots that have shown up in the news this week. In lieu of posts on each borderline civil war, here’s a summary of the chaos now taking over East Timor, Afghanistan, and Somalia. … Continue reading

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Why did Angkor fall?

Gibbons wrote about the collapse of Rome. Lewis addressed what went wrong with Islam. But few have addressed why the majestic ruins of Angkor Wat were abandoned. Ancient Thai annals have led us to believe that Burmese or Siam invaders … Continue reading

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Chess in Cambodia

This is a story from my overland trip through Cambodia in mid-2003. I had traveled overland with a friend from Thailand, toured the ruins of Angkor Wat, used some Soviet military aid (as shown in the picture above), and roamed … Continue reading

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