ISIS Goes to Asia

Extremism in the Middle East Isn't Only Spreading West

Joseph Chinyong Liow
A man prays in a mosque outside Kuala Lumpur.
A man prays in a mosque outside Kuala Lumpur. (Courtesy Reuters)
In assembling an international coalition to combat ISIS, the United States has looked mostly to the Middle East and Europe, regions that it said face a direct threat from the militant Islamist group. But other parts of the world are just as anxious about ISIS -- above all, Southeast Asia.
Snapshot

Toil and Trouble

Charles King
The United Kingdom has been saved -- for now. But last week's referendum marks the beginning, not the end, of a debate on the United Kingdom's constitutional order, its party system, its territorial configuration, and its relationship with Europe.
Snapshot

The End of Swedish Exceptionalism

Bo Rothstein
The days of Swedish exceptionalism are over. The country no longer has an exceptionally strong social democracy. Its level of inequality is no longer exceptionally low, and its level of public spending will no longer be exceptionally high. From now on, it will be closer to average.
Capsule Review

Today's Book: An Anatomy of Chinese

Anthony C. Yu
In writing about the intersection of politics and language in China, Link reveals how the Chinese Communist Party’s officialese dominates the speech and writing of the world’s most populous country.
Yes campaign placards are displayed on a fence on the Isle of Lewis in Outer Hebrides, September 12, 2014.
Snapshot
Fiona Hill and Jeremy Shapiro

Whether or not the Scottish independence movement succeeds, Scotland will not be Europe's last region to seek a similar deal. The protective embrace of the EU has made secession an attractive option for any place with a regional identity, ambitious politicians, and a loathing of its capital city.

An Emirates Airbus A380 at Dubai International Airport, July 2008.
Snapshot
Jim Krane

The Persian Gulf's state-owned airlines are already major global brands associated with hospitality, convenience, and safety. And even as conflicts rage nearby, they're still ascending. Their arrival has been to the airline business -- and could be to regional politics -- what the dreadnought battleship was to naval supremacy: a game changer.

Page

The air strikes, how much they'll cost, and what they'll achieve.

Snapshot
James Yan

Few countries in Asia are in a more precarious foreign policy position than the Republic of Azerbaijan. On the western shore of the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan lies between two larger, stronger, and unfriendly countries -- Iran and Russia -- and Azerbaijan’s pro-Western bent has done little to endear the country to either neighbor.

Snapshot
Yascha Mounk

Europe’s political climate is more hostile to Jews now than at any time in recent memory. Rising anti-Semitism among Europe’s Muslims, especially in the wake of the war in Gaza, is one reason for this change. But to claim that the rise of Muslim anti-Semitism is the main culprit -- as the German journalist Jochen Bittner did this week in The New York Times -- is to overlook the role played by the European majority.

Businessmen in Tokyo
Snapshot
Matt Mossman

In recent years, Occupy Wall Street hasn’t been the only group worried about how the spoils of economic growth have been distributed. Governments worldwide increasingly share the sentiment: like the pinched middle classes, they feel that corporations are taking too much of the profits for themselves. Here's the OECD and G-20's plan to get them to pay more.

Discussion