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ASEAN

Geopolitics

China and the Quad: Challenges for Southeast Asia

Thursday, May 10, 2018

As each ASEAN country has its own position on China and the Quad, Southeast Asia risks being torn between great powers. Greater ASEAN unity and higher economic growth are needed to protect the region’s interests.

Technology

Facebook is Hurting Democracy in Myanmar

Thursday, May 10, 2018

In Myanmar, Buddhist nationalist groups have used Facebook to swamp public opinion with anti-Muslim speech. As elected representatives are pressed to follow these extreme views, Myanmar is showing the world how unreined social media can hurt democracy.

Technology

Anti-Fake News Remedies Worse than the Disease in Asia

Thursday, May 3, 2018

False information sways elections, and social media makes it worse. So governments are rushing through laws to block “fake news.” But in Southeast Asia, these laws will do more harm to elections than fake news.

Geopolitics

ASEAN Ensures Balance of Power in Asia

Thursday, April 12, 2018

The leaders of the ASEAN countries are set to meet in Singapore between April 25th and 28th. With the region feeling the effects of great power competition, it might be time to remember and revive the pacifying role Southeast Asia played in trade, people, and religious exchanges over the centuries.

Security

Fighting Piracy on the ASEAN Seas

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Almost half of the world's pirate attacks happen in Southeast Asia. Among the most common locations for attacks is the Strait of Malacca, where tankers carry oil from the Gulf region to China, Japan, and South Korea, and via Singapore's refineries. As piracy becomes more prevalent, collaboration across the ASEAN region is more necessary than ever.

Environment

Keeping Cool with Microclimate Diversity

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Air conditioning has become an inherent part of life in the tropical heat of Southeast Asia. This incurs environmental costs and burdens low-income families with high energy bills. Energy consumption could be reduced, and societal wellbeing improved by cultivating microclimate diversity, with adapted architectural design involving passive cooling and natural shading.

Politics

The Philippines Beyond the Dark Spell

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Despite his questionable, often violent leadership, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enjoys an astounding 80% approval rating. In actuality, this support is carefully weighed and highly conditional. While Duterte won the presidency by speaking to the anxieties and hopes of the citizens, he now has to deliver on his promises, and the people are keeping tabs.

Population & Society

Brokers and Migration Infrastructure

Thursday, March 1, 2018

As demand for documented migrant labor has risen across Asia, smugglers have been replaced with migration brokers, who utilize and manage webs of relationships to send workers abroad. With knowledge of both the intricacies of bureaucracy and the informal world of local communities, they are an essential part of the international migration infrastructure.

Industry

Asia’s Factory Workers in an AI-Driven World

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The age of AI and automation is upon us. This may be music to the ears of technologists, businesses, and investors, but Asia’s factory workers will be severely affected when computers and robots take over labor-intensive jobs. To help workers navigate the new economy, governments and businesses should invest in social safety net programs and education.

Inclusiveness

Hong Kong Migrant Workers Take the Reins of Leadership

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Their environment leaves them little space for personal expression, but Hong Kong’s domestic workers have found ways to engage in politics and pursue their own paths of leadership.

Security

Masculinity in Radicalization

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Seeking to understand those who choose to join extremist causes is a difficult but necessary task. Only by learning about these individuals can societies prevent others from following their path, and reintegrate those who return.