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Asia's Cauldron: The South China Sea and the End of a Stable Pacific | 04/14/14
Robert D. Kaplan
No wonder the South China Sea is important to China, says Robert Kaplan. It's the Mediterranean of Asia, the center of international commerce, including energy shipments. Plus, if the Chinese control it and thus gain access to the Indian Ocean, China will have a two-ocean navy, transforming it in military terms from a regional power into a world power. » Studio » Multimedia

Essay on Ethics of Cybersecurity Wins Trans-Pacific Contest: Co-Authors from China (Stanford U) and U.S. (Oxford U) | 05/24/13
What is the greatest ethical challenge facing U.S.-Asia relations? In this unique contest, we challenged American and East Asian students to submit a joint essay or video to answer this question. Responses included the threat of cyber-war, sweatshops, human rights, censorship, neo-imperialism, and climate change. » News » Press Releases

Book Review: "The End of the Free Market" by Ian Bremmer | 05/13/10
Devin T. Stewart
State capitalism differs from free-market capitalism in that politics rather than profit is the main driver of decision-making. For this reason, it threatens to curtail free markets and the global economy. » Publications » Articles, Papers, and Reports

How Enemies Become Friends: The Sources of Stable Peace | 04/13/10
Charles A. Kupchan, Joanne J. Myers
Diplomatic engagement with rivals, far from being appeasement, is critical to rapprochement between adversaries, says Charles Kupchan, and diplomacy, not economic interdependence, creates the path to peace. » Studio » Multimedia

Crackdown with a Blessing | 12/31/02
Elizabeth K. P. Wong, Karim Raslan
Wong reports on the use and abuse of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act and its new-found international support in the post–September 11 world. Raslan, a Malaysian journalist, discusses how the Bali attacks forced him to reconsider his support for rights in these uncertain times. » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 2 No. 8 (Fall 2002): Public Security and Human Rights » Articles

Implementing Women's Human Rights in Malaysia | 06/05/97
Norani Othman
Norani Othman points out the the potential problems and solutions to promoting women's rights in an Islamic society in Malyasia. » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 1, Number 9 (Summer 1997): Innovative Human Rights Strategies in East Asia » Articles

MALAYSIA | 09/05/96
Rajeswari Kanniah
Examined are Two Faces: Detention Without Trial; "Why the EIA of the Bakun Project is Invalid;" "Kenapa EIA Projek Hiro Elektrik Bakun Tidak Sah," Power Play: Why the Bakun Hydroelectric Project is Damned; "Baffling Decision: Judge Who Defamed the Judiciary Won't Be Prosecuted;" "Controversy Over Women's Rights: NGO Exposes Maltreatment of Migrants in Malaysian Detention Camps," and "First Steps Towards Preserving Rights." » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 1, Number 6 (Fall 1996): The Human Rights Discourse in East Asia: Reports from the Region » Articles

What Asians Think About the West's Response to the Human Rights Debate | 03/04/96
Kevin Y. L. Tan
New-found national pride pits Asian countries against a "decadent West." Constant pressure to observe human rights obligations, often applied with threats of economic sanctions, is regarded by many as a slap in the Asian face, an attempt by the West to hold the East ransom. » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 1, Number 4 (Spring 1996): Three Years After the Bangkok Declaration » Articles

International Human Rights and Asian Commitment | 12/04/95
Joanne Bauer
After the 1993 Bangkok Regional Preparatory Meeting, human rights were no longer dismissed as a tool of foreign oppression but were promoted as a means of asserting Asian distinctiveness from Western-dominated norms of social and political order. » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 1, Number 3 (Winter 1995): International Human Rights and Asian Commitment » Articles

The Language of Human Rights in East Asia | 09/04/95
Erik Kuhonta
Human rights are widely advocated for their instrumental worth, but this strategy may change. Political and civil rights may eventually be championed for their own worth after a certain amount of material well-being has been achieved. » Publications » Archive » Human Rights Dialogue (1994–2005) » Series 1, Number 2 (Fall 1995): About the Human Rights Initiative » Articles

Rajeswari Kanniah |
Rajeswari Kanniah is head of Consumers International, Asia Pacific Office. » People

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