• Thailand's military government has promised peace in its restive south 'within a year'. Zach Abuza this week took an excellent look at the situation in Learning from Mindanao: Lessons For Thailand.
  • Gregory Poling explained why the US made the right call on Cobra Gold 2015.
  • A $7.2 billion railway project will intricately bind Laos' economy to China and deepen Beijing's influence in the country, argue Joshua Simonidis and Ashling Stout.  
  • Over at China-US Focus, AIIB is Good for Everybody, argues Wu Jianmin, a member of the foreign policy advisory committee to China's Foreign Ministry.
  • A Doctors Without Borders survey showed that Myanmar was seriously under-prepared for drug-resistant tuberculosis. The current TB incidence is 377 per 100,000.
  • A wonderful read from Poppy McPherson on Cambodia's quiet king
  • The Transnational Institute shed light on Myanmar's draft land-use policy, a cause of conflict and concern for many and an important step in reform.
  • High-profile Myanmar lawmaker Aung Thaung was blacklisted by the US for undermining reforms, a sign of Washington's shortening patience ahead of Obama's visit
  • Unprecedented talks between 14 of Myanmar's top power brokers (among them the president, the commander-in-chief and  Aung San Suu Kyi) appear to have yielded little result except another review of Suu Kyi’s hampered presidential bid. 
  • And finally, a comprehensive look at Jokowi's new cabinet  (part 1):