Abe’s Chinese diplomacy déjà vu
Author: Ed Griffith, University of Leeds The Sino–Japanese relationship has been in something of a tailspin for some time now. Since the Noda administration nationalised three of the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in September 2012, China and Japan have been at each other’s throats. The nationalisation sparked angry — sometimes violent — protests across China, while the [...]
India’s child trafficking epidemic
Author: Biswajit Ghosh, University of Burdwan National and international pressure to address child trafficking in India has failed to produce results. The Supreme Court of India has also issued directives to the government to take the matter seriously. But there has been little effort to link increasing cases of missing children with the flurry of [...]
Less money, less faith in US 'pivot'
A planned 18% cut in US military spending this year will likely give pause to Asia-Pacific allies who expected the "pivot to Asia" strategy to beef up the American presence. Cuts in troops and weaponry needn't necessarily equal a decline in military capability, but partners such as the Philippines and Vietnam should nonetheless prepare to assume greater responsibility for their own security. - Khanh Vu Duc and Duvien Tran (Mar 6, '14)
Ukraine: The clash of partnerships
Just when you thought it was safe to get back into geopolitics, the Cold War has reared its ugly head once again, with the clash of stereotypical characters and the hope that history is repeating itself as farce, not tragedy, in Ukraine. Yet even those who condemn the introduction of Russian troops in Crimea have to remember that the Cold War is over - and both sides must act that way.
- John Feffer (Mar 6, '14)
Cloud' may save education in India
The dismal state of education India's state-funded schools for children up to the age of 14 has shown no improvement in the four years since the Right to Education Act came into force. Fortunately, help is at hand in the shape of "Schools in the Cloud".
- Swati Lodh Kundu (Mar 6, '14)
India fights a tougher TB
Lack of proper diagnosis and interrupted dosages of medicines in India are increasing the resistance of tuberculosis to available drugs. South Asian country now accounts for the greatest increase in multi-drug resistant strains of the disease, with about 64,000 new cases in 2012. - Bijoyeta Das (Mar 6, '14)
The Women Leaders Who Drive Aquino’s Reform Agenda
By Maribel Buenaobra
For a president who was so greatly influenced by his mother and surrounded by sisters, it's perhaps not that surprising that Simeon Benigno Aquino III has appointed women to some of the highest positions of his administration. A confirmed bachelor, he has parried queries about marriage from media and friends, and has publicly stated, both in jest and utmost seriousness, that he has sacrificed his love life in order to make good on his promise to his father to keep his family safe. Now that he is president, he has appointed strong and influential women in his government...
Inclusive Growth in Asia is Impossible Without Including Women
By Véronique Salze-Lozac'h
and Ka Wai Wong
A report from Oxfam released in late January put down on paper what many already feared was true: almost almost half of the world's wealth
is now owned by just one percent of the population. This is also the case in Asia, where income and wealth disparity is growing rapidly.
Malaysia media reforms take one step forward, two steps back
Author: Eric Loo, UOW Malaysians are evidently freer today to openly criticise their government than they were prior to 1998. But fundamental reforms that civil societies had hoped for during the internet-driven Reformasi movement in 1998 and Bersih rallies (in 2007, 2011 and 2012) are wanting. Instead, Malaysians have a government focused on achieving a [...]
Will the ‘India boom’ shake Japan?
Author: Richard Katz, TOE Once again, talk of an ‘India boom’ has emerged in Japan. This year, India came in second (behind Indonesia) in a government survey on the top countries in which Japanese firms want to set up operations in the medium term and first in the long term— and, at last count, nearly [...]
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