The chaos in Iraq is largely a function of domestic political decisions. That means the democratic process can still work in Iraq's favor.
Protesters marched in Bangkok in preparation for a anti-government shutdown. Security forces are mobilizing to prevent clashes in the run-up to a controversial election.
Cambodia has been gripped by garment workers striking for higher wages, which has led to a heavy-handed government response and serious delays at garment factories.
Nowhere did US troops fight harder to expel Al Qaeda-linked insurgents than in Fallujah and Ramadi. But two years after the US withdrawal, the group fights on.