The Mission for Manila by Jonathan Tepperman

The Mission for Manila: A Conversation With Benigno Aquino III

Foreign Affairs,
November 1, 2014
In the last four years, Benigno Aquino III — generally known by his nickname Noynoy — has turned the Philippines from one of Asia’s underperformers into one of its economic stars. Aquino is a scion of the Philippines’ most beloved political dynasty; his father, the opposition leader Benigno Aquino, Jr., was assassinated by President Ferdinand...
Opening Indonesia by Jonathan Tepperman

Opening Indonesia: An Interview with President Joko Widodo

Foreign Affairs,
November 1, 2014
On July 9, nearly 135 million Indonesians went to some 480,000 polling stations and picked a new president — just the third to be directly elected in the country’s history. (Indonesia overthrew its longtime dictator, Suharto, in 1998, but his initial successors were chosen by the legislature.) Their choice: Joko Widodo, known universally as Jokowi....
A Hard Education by Gideon Rose and Jonathan Rose

A Hard Education: Learning from Afghanistan and Iraq

Foreign Affairs,
November 1, 2014
After 13 years of war, the loss of many thousands of lives, and the expenditure of trillions of dollars, what has the United States learned? The answer depends on not only who is asking but when. The story of the Iraq war would have different endings, and morals, if told in 2003, 2006, 2011, or...