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July 9, 2018

Asia
Beyond “Mateship”: Tough Choices in Australian Foreign Policy

By James Curran In recent weeks, the Australian government has invested significant commemorative capital to mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in World…

Dunford_Mateship_Australia_6.27.2018

July 23, 2018

Southeast Asia
Extensive Report Suggests Myanmar Military Thoroughly Planned Crimes Against Humanity in Rakhine State

Last week, the research and advocacy group Fortify Rights, which has amassed considerable expertise on the situation in Rakhine State and the abuses perpetrated by the Myanmar armed forces, released …

Rohingya_6.11.2018

September 6, 2018

Human Rights
Human Rights Safeguards Take a Backseat in New Global Economics Institutions

As states struggle to balance commercial interests with the promotion of human rights, social safeguards in trade and loan agreements—often included at the insistence of Western countries—are increas…

Labourers work at a garment factory in Bac Giang province, near Hanoi October 21, 2015.

December 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Prophecy of Nigeria’s TB Joshua

Nigerians like to say that they are the happiest people in the world and the most religious. Public events commonly open and close with prayer. Causation of events, big or small is routinely ascribed…

megachurch-nigeria

July 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
Najib Has Been Arrested—Now What?

Earlier this month, the Malaysian government arrested former Prime Minister Najib tun Razak on charges of corruption and criminal breaches of trust, in allegations related to the 1MDB state fund scan…

najib_7.4.2018

July 11, 2018

Southeast Asia
The Thai Junta Wins Back the World

More than four years after Thailand’s military seized power in a coup, the nineteenth coup or coup attempt in the kingdom since the end of the absolute monarchy in 1932, the country still seems far f…

Prayuth-Macron-6.25.2018

July 2, 2018

Southeast Asia
Malaysia Achieved a Democratic Victory—But Don’t Expect Its Success to Spread

In early May, Malaysia was stunned by the victory, in national elections, of the opposition coalition, led by Mahathir Mohamad and essentially (from jail), longtime opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. A…

Mahathir_5.10.2018

June 29, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Democratic Recession: An Interview with The Diplomat

Over the past decade, Southeast Asia’s democratic decline has accelerated, and in the past two years the recession has picked up notable speed. With the exception of Malaysia, which shocked the regio…

prayuth_9.30.2014

June 8, 2018

Asia
A Counterpoint: Why the Location of the Trump-Kim Summit Won't Determine the Outcome

By Hunter Marston Many analysts have noted the advantages Singapore provides as a setting for the upcoming summit between U.S. President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. As Jos…

Trump-Singapore_10.23.2017

June 25, 2018

Southeast Asia
After the Big Win, Mahathir Faces Reality—Part Two

In my previous post, I discussed how, after a surprising victory in May elections, and jubilation among supporters of the former opposition coalition that they had finally broken through, ending the …

Mahathir-Abe_6.12.2018