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The Hate Speech Threat to the 2020 Election

6 April 2019

BY HUNTER MARSTON Myanmar’s 2020 general election is still more than eighteen months away, but key stakeholders are beginning to position themselves for it. As well as the election race, which...

25th ASEAN Regional Forum Retreat in August 2018. Singapore (Photo: US Department of State/Flickr)

ASEAN Regional Forum: less might be more

29 March 2019

BY ANTHONY MILNER & RON HUISKEN The ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) – with its unwieldy number of member states (27) and preoccupation with dialogue (a “talk shop”) – has been declared a failure time...

Australian Now ASEAN

Australia's ambitious diplomacy program: Prospects, opportunities for Philippines

29 March 2019

BY MARK MANANTAN, alum Last week, Australia’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Maris Payne unveiled the flagship public diplomacy program of Australia for 2019 called Australia Now ASEAN. With the...

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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...

Police officers search the area near the Masjid Al Noor mosque after the terror attack in Christchurch. CREDIT:AP

After the tragedy, attention turns to how it happened

20 March 2019

BY CLIVE WILLIAMS Four phases follow events like the tragedy in Christchurch – shock and disbelief, grieving, a search for answers, and new countermeasures. The shocked New Zealand reaction to the...

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...

Algerian Protests: A Popular Movement Against an Ailing President

17 March 2019

BY WILLIAM FISHER The announcement Algeria’s elusive President would seek a fifth term led to mass protests across the country. While President Bouteflika has now bowed to protesters’ demands and...

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...

Canberra’s growing silence on US leadership in Asia

19 February 2019

BY HUGH WHITE Sometimes what is left out of a major policy speech is as important as what is said. This was certainly true late January when Australia’s Defence Minister Christopher Pyne spoke about...

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