Cambodia breaks political deadlock, at last
Author: Vannarith Chheang, CICP After a year of political deadlock the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) have agreed to settle their differences. The CNRP, established in July 2012 by merging the Sam Rainsy Party and the Human Rights Party, challenged the predominant role of the ruling CPP […]
Rivers run through Modi’s regional agenda
Author: Robert G. Wirsing, Georgetown University Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Kathmandu in early August, the first visit to Nepal by an Indian premier in 17 years, was his third trip abroad since his inauguration on 26 May. In mid-June, only weeks after taking charge in New Delhi, he had made his first official foreign […]
Indonesia’s cash for health program
Author: Margaret Triyana, Stanford University Indonesia’s conditional cash transfer program, Program Keluarga Harapan (PKH), provides cash to poor households in exchange for meeting specified health targets. It aims to reduce poverty and improve maternal and child health. But does it work? After the success of Mexico’s social assistance program PROGRESA (now Oportunidades), Indonesia followed suit […]
Obama mustn’t underestimate Modi
Author: Harshita Kohli, RSIS US Secretary of State John Kerry’s recent visit to India for the India–US Strategic Dialogue, in which he described India as an ‘indispensable partner for the 21st century’, is a clear effort by the American government to jumpstart the flagging bilateral partnership. During his stay in India, Kerry met with senior […]
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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