Does a global growth target make sense for the G20?
Author: David Vines, University of Oxford The global recovery is strengthening but remains weak. A global growth target, pursued by the G20, could significantly strengthen this recovery process. But such a macroeconomic target needs to be supported by microeconomic reforms. In advanced economies, demand is now growing more rapidly than in the previous three years, […]
Why Japan’s collective self-defence is so politicised
Author: T J Pempel, Berkley On 1 July, the Abe Cabinet issued a reinterpretation of Japan’s longstanding self-imposed ban on the right of collective self-defence. It was justified as a minimalist countermeasure to the increasingly severe security environment posed by a rising China and an unpredictable, nuclearised North Korea. But the reinterpretation fell well short […]
Laying down the law at the Communist Party plenum
Author: Carl Minzner, Fordham Law School On 29 July, Chinese authorities announced the long-expected news that former security tsar and Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang is under investigation for Communist Party disciplinary violations. Simultaneously, it was revealed that the party plenum in October would — for the first time — focus on ‘ruling China […]
Securing Pakistan’s democracy?
Author: Peter Drysdale, Editor, East Asia Forum The two-week-old political crisis in Pakistan took a sharp new turn over the past few days as the military leader, General Raheel Sharif, positioned to mediate the stand-off between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and opposition demonstrators on the streets of Islamabad, led by cleric Mohammed Tahir-ul-Qadri and his […]
Gaza: Now the guns have been silenced
The ceasefire calm after the latest round of hostilities in Gaza has ironically produced a positive effect. Both Israel and Hamas have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other politically and militarily with impunity, and now the guns have been silenced other options must now be explored to end a vicious cycle of violence.
- Alon Ben-Meir (Aug 29, '14)
VIOLENCE IN KASHMIR
Modi's muscle strains Indo-Pak talks
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has toughened his stance on Pakistan since coming to power, his anger at renewed violence in Kashmir brimming over this week - and in stark contrast to the welcome Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif received at his inauguration. With peace talks canceled and Sharif now otherwise occupied, reconciliation moves will just have to wait.
- Arman Sidhu (Aug 29, '14)
India opens door to superbugs
India recently earned the dubious distinction of being the worst country in terms of antibiotic overuse in the world. Experts warn that unchecked growth in use combined with poverty, limited healthcare facilities and a doctor-patient ratio of one doctor to every 1,700 people have potential for the emergence of drug-resistant viruses and bacteria to be disastrous.
- Ranjita Biswas (Aug 29, '14)
Russia welcomes Asia food imports
Russia has urged 10 Asian countries to boost their agricultural exports to Russia amid a Kremlin ban on products from many Western countries. Economic Development Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev made his call at a meeting of Russian and Association of Southeast Asian Nations officials in Myanmar. (Aug 29, '14)
Framing Human Trafficking to Address Commoditization of Human Beings
By Nandita Baruah
The U.S Government's latest Trafficking In Persons (TIP) Report
makes some critical observations in relation to how 187 countries are addressing human trafficking, and how this relates to the larger issues of labor migration and its manifestation into forced labor
. For Asia – the world's most economically dynamic region with more than 30 million migrant workers – the findings come with enormous implications. This year's report brought bad news for both Thailand and Malaysia, which were downgraded from last year's Tier 2 Watch List to Tier 3, defined as "countries whose governments do not fully comply with the minimum standards."
After a Lively Election, What’s Next for Indonesia’s Mobilized Civil Society?
By Lili Hasanuddin
Just weeks after election results declared former Jakarta governor Joko Widodo ("Jokowi") as Indonesia's presidential front-runner, the president-elect's team of volunteers announced that he would be crowdsourcing his cabinet
. Through an online survey, anyone can choose...
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