The Asia Pacific in 2016

January 01, 2016

Shu-Wen Chye provides a round-up of the Asia Pacific in 2015, and highlights what to look for in 2016. For many in the Asia Pacific, 2015 tested the political prowess and limits of the region. The year saw territorial disputes over the South China Sea; an imploding Rohingya refugee crisis in...

China is Losing its Southeast Asian Friends

November 24, 2015

While China has been gaining territory in the South China Sea, it has been losing amity among its allies in Southeast Asia. Territorial spats between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors over Beijing’s infamous “nine-dash line” dotted across the South China Sea have substantially soured...

Expatriates in Vietnam Taste Sweet Success

October 18, 2015

The co-founders of Marou Faiseurs de Chocolat recount how they set up a business making and marketing fine chocolate in Vietnam, a country not known for its production or consumption of the product. Dmitry Minkov, his wife Nina and their 5-year-old daughter, Varvara, are on their way to a...

Psychological Wounds of Conflict: The Impact of World War One

August 19, 2014

The emergence of the concept of shell shock during the First World War had focused unparalleled attention to the issue of traumatic illness. Today, the recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has established in the minds of the public, media and the health professionals that war can...

MH370 and Maritime Security: A Fresh Start for Cooperation?

The search for Flight MH370 has resulted in cooperation between countries locked in maritime disputes. By Sukjoon Yoon Since the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines MH370 on March 8, several countries have been participating in extensive Search and Rescue (SAR) and Humanitarian...

High-Speed Cruise Missiles in Asia: Evolution or Revolution?

What is the role of high-speed cruise missiles in providing firepower for land-attack missions?  By Kalyan M. Kemburi Over the last two decades, cruise missiles were predominantly deployed by a select group of advanced industrial countries, in particular the United States....

Military Sexual Violence: From Frontline to Fenceline

August 31, 2013

The root of the sexual assault crisis plaguing the military lies in militarism itself. By Annie Isabel Fukushima & Gwen Kirk As more US military women break the silence about sexual violence committed by their comrades in arms, it is clear that sporadic “scandals” — at the...

Mekong Countries at Odds Over Mega-Dams

February 05, 2013

Governments are struggling to decide whether the Mekong River should continue to feed 60 million people or become a source of hydroelectric power. What started as a debate about a hydroelectric dam has become a high profile dispute over the future of food security in the Mekong region. The...

A Piece of Rock for the Pearl of the Orient (Part 1/2)

August 03, 2012

In the fight for sovereignty in the South China Sea, The Philippines hold many economic, historical and political ties to the disputed region. Throughout history, The Philippines has laid claim to the islands surrounding its maritime borders. As an archipelago, The Philippines considers these...

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