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Russia’s Summit with ASEAN: Pivot to the East?
Russia is hosting a summit in Sochi on 19-20 May 2016 to commemorate twenty years of its dialogue relations with ASEAN. It will explore further cooperation between the two in another affirmation of Russia’s growing ‘pivot ...
Food Security Now: New Norm or False Dawn?
The world is experiencing a situation of slower economic growth and lower commodity prices translated into relatively lower Food Price Indices for many countries. This “new norm” benefits urban consumers but poses potential ...
Nepal Earthquake One Year On: Building a More Effective Relief Effort
One year since the devastating Nepal earthquakes, the international relief effort holds lessons for future emergency response. While reconstruction efforts remain stifled, the immediate international relief operations ...
The Lahore Blast: Revisiting the Role of Religion in Pakistan
The bomb blast in Lahore on Easter highlights the focus of terrorist groups on attacking religious minorities, and reflects the radicalisation of the broader community. It is time for the state to focus on more fundamental ...
Trafficking in Persons and Forced Labour: Southeast Asian Scenario
In 2013, the United Nations General Assembly designated 30 July as the ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons (TIP)’. One key objective is to “raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking”. What is ...
Cheaper Fossil Fuels: The Relevance of Nuclear Energy
As carbon-intensive fossil fuels have become cheaper, would nuclear power continue to be relevant? Nuclear power can help countries in their diversification from fossil fuels. But public concerns over post-Fukushima nuclear ...
US Presidential Election: If Southeast Asia Could Vote
Hillary Clinton, for the Democrats, and Donald Trump, for the Republicans, have emerged front-runners in the presidential nomination campaign. There has not been much talk about their foreign policy stances, especially in ...
UN and EU: Partners in Security Governance?
As new global threats emerge triggering renewed interest in regional organisations, the EU can play the role of a partner of the UN in global security governance.
Combatting Climate Change: Involving Indigenous Communities
Climate change combat is often in the hands of policy-makers, researchers and governments. However it is the marginalised and indigenous communities that feel the full force of climate change effects. To be effective the ...
Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Religio-Political Fault Lines in Secular Democracies
Seemingly politically inspired and media-led Islamophobic allegations and accusations of anti-semitism marred the recent UK mayoral and local elections. This potentially sets a dangerous precedence for using religious ...