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ASEAN

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.

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.

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

To help workers navigate the new digital 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.