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Region "Southeast Asia"
Lawlessness: Malaysia and Its Law of Rules | 12/03/14
With restrictive laws and harassment touching NGOs, journalists, religious and ethnic minorities, and the LGBT community, Malaysia's rule of law problem cannot be ignored. How can the country's "rotting" institutions be reformed?
Essay on Singapore and the U.S. Wins 2014 Trans-Pacific Student Contest | 05/21/14
The winning entry from Salina Lee (USA) and Nelson Chew (Singapore) is written as a seemingly light-hearted conversation between two good friends on a sightseeing trip in New York Harbor. Yet the essay goes deeper, looking at serious topics that concern both nations: civil liberties, education methods, and race.
The Little Red Dot and the Land of the Free: Singapore and the United States | 05/21/14
Salina Lee, Nelson Chew
What defines your country? How do you perceive someone from a totally different background? Who would have guessed that an exchange between a Singaporean and an American would offer insights on the subtle connections that make two vastly different countries so very comparable.
Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China | 05/19/14
In Chinese, the word for ambition is "wild heart" and for millennia individual aspirations were looked down on, as the group always came first. How China has changed!
The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: When Girl Meets Oil | 04/17/14
Christine Bader, Masha S. Feiguinova
How can corporations work to prevent human rights violations on their watch, as well as disasters like the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion? Christine Bader discusses her time at BP, where she was part of the invisible army of people inside corporations who are pushing for safer and more responsible practices.
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.
On the Moral Implications of Torture and Exemplary Assassination | 04/10/14
Paul W. Blackstock
First published in May 1970 during the Vietnam War, this WORLDVIEW magazine article is just as relevant today.
Mission to Hanoi | 03/21/14
In February 1968, peace activists Father Daniel Berrigan and historian Howard Zinn flew to Hanoi to obtain the release of three American prisoners of war. Here are Berrigan's notes from that historic trip. "The mission is calculated to outrage some on both sides," he writes.
By All Means Necessary: How China's Resource Quest is Changing the World | 02/18/14
Elizabeth Economy, Michael Levi, Joanne J. Myers
As China's urban middle class expands, China's government--and private companies--are traveling the globe in pursuit of fuel, ores, water, and farmland. And the government has all kinds of tools to bring to bear, from public diplomacy and backroom deals, to low-cost financing and low-cost labor. How is this quest changing the world, including China itself?
Ethics Matter: Top Risks and Ethical Decisions 2014 with Ian Bremmer | 01/22/14
So what should we look out for in 2014? "The economic risks are receding. The geopolitical risks are becoming more important," says political risk guru Ian Bremmer. Don't miss this entertaining but fact-filled talk for insights on global affairs, from U.S. foreign policy, to the Middle East, Asia, Russia, Europe, and emerging markets.
Japan 1941: Countdown to Infamy | 12/13/13
Eri Hotta, Ian Buruma
Why did Japan recklessly attack the United States in 1941, launching a war that most of the nation's leaders knew they were almost certain to lose? Why did they go ahead, despite heated internal debates? Get the inside story from a Japanese perspective.
Year Zero: A History of 1945 | 10/01/13
The reverberations of 1945 are still felt today, politically, socially, and economically. In this fascinating talk, Ian Buruma gives us an understanding of what happened in that fateful year, when one world ended and a new, uncertain world began.
Ethics on Film: Discussion of "The Act of Killing" | 08/26/13
It is not hyperbole to call this documentary an epochal film. It brings viewers into the minds of mass murderers, illuminates a horrific piece of recent history that few know anything about, and could end up ushering in a new era in Indonesian politics and identity.
Burma's Reforms and Regional Cooperation in East Asia | 07/24/13
Joshua Kurlantzick, Devin T. Stewart
"Though the 2010 elections that brought a civilian government to power were not free and fair, the new president, Thein Sein, has embarked upon a path-breaking and seemingly genuine reform process," argue Joshua Kurlantzick and Devin Stewart in this report prepared for the Canadian government.
Mindsets May Hinder Progress in Myanmar | 06/05/13
Devin T. Stewart
Great excitement surrounds the World Economic Forum meeting in Myanmar this week, an indication of the country's new openness. But while the media has highlighted Myanmar's political, economic, and social challenges, less discussed are the mindsets that underlie them. Stewart's report is based on several years of interviews in Myanmar and the region.
Exit, Voice, and Loyalty at the Khmer Rouge Tribunal: Should the International Community Stay or Go? | 04/23/13
The Khmer Rouge Tribunal is in big trouble, much of it financial. But the financial deficit is the result of something deeper: a responsibility deficit. The UN and the international community owe it to the victims to persevere--and quickly, before all those under indictment die of old age.
Public Affairs: China's Search for Security | 02/19/13
Andrew J. Nathan
In this masterly and comprehensive talk, Andrew Nathan looks at the world from Beijing's viewpoint and sees a very challenging environment for China. He identifies four rings of security concerns: inside China's territory; its 24 surrounding countries; six regional systems; and the rest of the world.
Thought Leader: Somaly Mam | 02/15/13
Somaly Mam, Devin T. Stewart
"When the people say, "Somaly, what you do is bad," I always see my good, my peace, a reality. When I see the girls that have been saved when they were six years old, and right now they are in law school and they get married--then I have done a great thing, and I have my peace in my mind."
The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World | 02/12/13
As more people become prosperous and interstate conflicts diminish, there is a convergence between East and West, says Kishore Mahbubani. Now we have to change our mindset accordingly and act as one united world on issues such as climate change. One important step is to reform the UN.
Public Affairs: The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate | 01/31/13
Robert D. Kaplan
With a breadth and depth of knowledge spanning not only current geopolitics but centuries of history, Robert Kaplan shows us the crucial importance of geography in shaping our destinies. Geography still matters, and always will.