Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan appears in the following:

Thailand bans cannabis use in policy reversal

Sunday, February 11, 2024

Thailand looks set to clamp down on recreational marijuana use, just 18 months after it decriminalized pot, becoming the first country in Asia to do so.


Myanmar military struggles against ethnic armed groups, post-coup resistance forces

Friday, January 19, 2024

Myanmar's military is reeling from a string of defeats at the hands of anti-junta forces 3 years after the February 2021 coup. Are the recent opposition successes enough to help topple the regime?


Mekong River communities rely on it for food — new dams threaten resources

Thursday, December 28, 2023

Dams and climate change are among the threats facing Southeast Asia's famed Mekong River. Cambodia is scrapping plans for two new dams, but is it enough to save the river's biodiversity?


Thai workers who were held hostages by Hamas are released

Thursday, November 30, 2023

One of the Thai hostages released was Gong Sae Lao. His story was told on Morning Edition two weeks ago.


Thai hostages held in Gaza freed from Hamas captivity

Monday, November 27, 2023

At least 39 Thai workers were killed and over two dozen more taken hostage in the Hamas attacks on Oct 7. Now, many of them have been released by Hamas since Friday.


At least 39 Thai migrant workers were killed in the Hamas attacks on Israel

Monday, November 13, 2023

In addition to the deaths, more than two dozen workers are thought to have been abducted. The wife of one worker explains why her husband went to southern Israel, and what he had hoped to achieve.


Myanmar military suffers major setback against opposition

Sunday, November 12, 2023

An attack by an alliance of insurgent armies has dealt Myanmar's military a serious setback.


Biden will visit Hanoi to sign a deal bringing the ex-enemies closer together

Friday, September 08, 2023

President Biden is expected in Vietnam Sunday to sign a deal elevating diplomatic relations between the two former enemies — amid concern over China's growing assertiveness in the South China Sea.


Ex-Prime Minister Thaksin returns from exile, further roiling Thai politics

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Thaksin's return coincides with a vote in Parliament Tuesday on the formation of a new government his Pheu Thai party looks set to head.


Cambodia's long serving prime minister steps down — handing power to his son

Monday, August 21, 2023

Cambodia's authoritarian Prime Minister Hun Sen officially transfers leadership to his son after 38 years in power. Few expect the former commander of communist group Khmer Rouge to leave politics.


China-Philippines tensions rise over water cannon incident in South China Sea

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

A Chinese Coast Guard ship fired a water cannon at a Philippine boat trying to resupply a military outpost on a disputed reef. The incident has heightened tension in a region already on edge.


Cambodians to vote in election — widely seen as a sham — and extend rule of Hun Sen

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Cambodians will vote in an election Sunday that will be neither free nor fair, but will extend the 38-year long rule of Hun Sen and likely ensure the succession of his son.


Thailand's parliament is meeting to choose a new prime minister

Thursday, July 13, 2023

A high-stakes vote in Thailand's parliament could end nearly a decade of conservative rule that began with a military coup.


Thai Progressive Party is still short of the majority it needs to form a government

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Voters in Thailand have delivered a stinging rebuke to the nine-year rule of the military-led government. But will the opposition party that won the most votes get a chance to rule?


Voters in Thailand have spoken — they want change

Monday, May 15, 2023

Voters in Thailand overwhelmingly backed opposition parties promising to bring change — delivering a stunning rebuke to the military-backed government that has led them for nearly a decade.


Thailand's voters overwhelmingly support opposition parties in elections

Sunday, May 14, 2023

The Pheu Thai party and the progressive Move Forward Party made a strong showing, in a repudiation to the military-backed government of Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha.


Voters in Thailand, led by young people, are expected to demand change

Friday, May 12, 2023

A progressive political party popular with young people is challenging the status quo in Thailand, where voters will go to the polls on Sunday after nine years of military-backed rule.


At Biden-Marcos meeting, China is expected to be at the top of the agenda

Monday, May 01, 2023

Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. says he aims to forge a stronger relationship with Washington, and China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea will be a major topic to discuss.


A Myanmar activist loses almost everything but hope

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Nilar Thein, an activist who met her husband while imprisoned, started a family during the heady days of Myanmar's experiment with democracy. Her husband now dead, she's on the run.


Myanmar has been in chaos since the army seized power from the civilian government

Wednesday, February 01, 2023

Two years after Myanmar's military coup, the country continues to be unstable. Meanwhile, about one million minority Rohingya refugees continue to languish in camps in neighboring Bangladesh.