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Why ‘womenomics’ is the way forward for Japan (Oct 21)
Author: Naohiro Yashiro, International Christian University ‘Womenomics’ is a key pillar of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s economic growth strategy. In 2013, just 64 per cent of Japanese women aged 15–64 were participating in the labour force — a low rate by OECD standards. As Japan’s labour force is already in decline, it is wasteful that […]


Rouhani's 'economic package' is empty (Oct 21)
The belief of Iran's Hassan Rouhani administration that the establishment of better relations with the US would serve as a panacea to the country's economic woes has effectively linked any chance of financial revival with an uncertain negotiation process. Perceptions that an unrestrained integration into global capitalism and wholesale privatization will end the West's imperialist policy on Iran are equally naive. - Ismael Hossein-Zadeh (Oct 21, '14)


Low hopes for Hong Kong talks (Oct 21)
Talks between student representatives and Hong Kong government officials are intended to end political stalemate, but are widely seen as unlikely to end the mass rallies, including in he Mongkok district, that have clogged the city for three weeks. Pro-democracy leaders have angrily denied claims by the city's chief executive that "external forces" are orchestrating their protests.


Ebola and security opportunities lost (Oct 21)
A fraction of the trillions of dollars spent in the past decade on military activities in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere could achieve far more for human security if properly directed to areas such as public health and education. The threat of the Ebola virus demonstrates a key feature of the modern world: none of us can enjoy our full potential for security unless all of us have a basic level of security. - Paula Gutlove and Gordon Thompson (Oct 21, '14)


What could possibly go wrong? (Oct 21)
You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster - a friend crossing Death Valley with next to no gas in his car - and then add, "What could possibly go wrong?" Such is the Middle East today, with the US again at war there. Here, then, are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that's on offer. - Peter Van Buren (Oct 21, '14)


Balancing the short and long term in Indonesia fuel subsidy debate (Oct 21)
Author: Keoni Indrabayu Marzuki, RSIS Despite having won the president and vice-president posts respectively, Joko Widodo and Jusuf Kalla will possess little control, if at all, on the formulation of the next Indonesian budget for fiscal year 2015–16. One particular issue that concerns the new administration is the large portion of funds for energy subsidies, […]


Very few limits in tough Australian anti-terror laws (Oct 20)
Author: George Williams, UNSW Australia, like other nations, is facing an enhanced threat to its national security from citizens who travel to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, and then return home with a radical outlook and training in terrorism. This has led the government to raise the nation’s terrorism public alert level to ‘high’, which […]


Reconciling Japan’s security policy with Northeast Asian stability (Oct 20)
Author: Ben Ascione, ANU On 1 July 2014, the Abe government made a cabinet decision to reinterpret the Article 9 peace clause of Japan’s constitution to recognise the exercise of collective self-defence under limited circumstances. While the scope of the proposed changes are an evolution rather than a revolution in Japanese security policy, especially due […]


Poll Shows Fighting Corruption Drives Support for Education Reform in Cambodia (Oct 15)
By Silas Everett and Menghun KaingEarlier this week, Cambodia's Ministry of Education Youth and Sports (MoEYS) held a second high school exam to provide a second chance for the over 70 percent of 93,000 high school students who failed to pass the first annual national high school exam, held in early August. The passing rate in the first exam – down to a staggering 25.7 percent from last year's passing rate of nearly 87 percent – is one of the first tangible results of the Ministry's recent education reform efforts.


One Year After Bohol Earthquake, Partnerships Thrive Amid Rehabilitation Efforts (Oct 15)
By Jowil Mejia PlecerdaOne year ago today, an earthquake reported to have the energy equivalent of 32 Hiroshima bombs struck Bohol and nearby provinces in south central Philippines. Generated from a fault in the northwestern sector of Bohol Island, the earthquake registered 7.2 on the Richter scale...


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