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What the Huawei espionage controversy means to the Philippines

25 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus. From the contested South China Sea to the bustling streets of Makati and Bonifacio Global City, Chinese influence in the Philippines has now become very evident. Not only...

A health worker from the World Health Organization gives an Ebola vaccination to a front-line aid worker, Mbandaka, Congo

Do Proposed Reforms of the World Health Organization Go Far Enough?

19 March 2019

BY JEREMY YOUDE Amid widespread criticism of its response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa five years ago, the World Health Organization took stock of what went wrong. In a report released in...

Janvier 22, 2019, in Aix-La-Chapelle, France. Ludovic Marin/AFP

The UN Security Council in a Post-Brexit World: France and Germany Take the Lead

12 March 2019

BY EGLANTINE STAUNTON On March 1, 2019, France assumed the presidency of the UN Security Council. This happens every 15 months because the presidency rotates every month between the 15 members of...

Tsai Ing-wen celebrates her election victory in Taipei in 2016. Credit: AFP/Sam Yeh

How Taiwan stands up to China through soft power

4 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alumnus TAIWAN — In his speech commemorating the 40th anniversary of the so-called Message to Compatriots in Taiwan, Chinese President Xi Jinping made it loud and clear: China will...

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Australia's new Pacific Czar

30 January 2019

BY JAMES BATLEY This article originally appeared in The Interpreter for the Lowy Institute. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has now established an Office of the Pacific, a measure...

Misguided multilateralism

26 January 2019

BY WESLEY WIDMAIER Global economic leaders must be careful not to blur the distinction between post-war Keynesian multilateralism and neoliberal multilateralism, Wesley Widmaier writes. In Angela...

Cambodian migrant workers at a construction site in Bangkok. Thailand is a major migrant worker destination country in Asean. Reuters

Thailand should lead ASEAN with a migrant worker agenda

27 November 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT Thailand will assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2019 after the ASEAN Summit in Singapore this month. This is in keeping with Thailand’s hopes to regain its place of regional...

The Bali Process and refugee protection in Southeast Asia

22 October 2018

BY CARLY GORDYN The seventh ministerial conference of the Bali Process, co-chaired by Australia and Indonesia, took place in August 2018. This article explores the development of the Bali Process...

Migrant workers on a Thai fishing boat

Government sincerity on migrant rights faces fishing pact test

3 September 2018

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNIPIPAT It has been one year since Thailand’s last debacle on migrant worker policy. Yet, Thailand finds itself once again at the crossroads where domestic constituents are...

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Myanmar Faces Crossroads as Military Tightens Hold on Civilian Government

30 August 2018

BY HUNTER MARSTON A spokesperson from Myanmar’s presidential office rejected a UN fact-finding report issued on Monday, which found evidence for the military’s involvement in genocide and...

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