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Region "Southeast Asia"
"Religious Harmony" Regulations Creating Dissonance in Indonesia | 05/17/16
Andreas Harsono, Amber Kiwan
Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch discusses the complex situation in Indonesia, including the 2006 religious harmony regulation supposed to protect religious minorities, but which in practice has enabled religious majorities to discriminate against minorities; the draconian blasphemy laws; Islamic extremism; and much more.
The Fifth Annual Moscow Conference on International Security | 05/12/16
David C. Speedie
David Speedie attended this important three-day conference and reports that "a global array of speakers articulated a corresponding range of country/area-specific concerns, much of which was familiar but nevertheless important to hear." There were more than 600 official delegates from 83 countries--the most notable absentees being the U.S. and the UK.
New Edited Volume, "Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia" | 05/03/16
Carnegie Council's Pacific Fellow Dr. Dicky Sofjan is the editor of the new volume, "Religion, Public Policy and Social Transformation in Southeast Asia: Managing Religious Diversity." It is the first volume of a three-part book series dealing with religion and its interface with the state and society in Southeast Asia.
Carnegie Council Announces the Appointment of Six Pacific Fellows | 04/26/16
Carnegie Council is pleased to announce the appointment of six Pacific Fellows based in Japan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The fellowship is part of Carnegie Council's new Asia Dialogues program, which seeks to advance ethical inquiry around contentions within Asia and the United States.
Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism | 03/28/16
David Kilcullen, David Shipley
ISIS consists of three interlocked threats and is quite different from al-Qaeda, says counterterrorism authority David Kilcullen. To come up with a workable strategy going forward, we have to understand exactly what went wrong in the years since 9/11 and admit that everyone bears part of the blame, from "reckless" Bush to "feckless" Obama.
The Lonely Resistance: Protesting Chinese Resource Exploitation on the Tibetan Plateau | 03/14/16
Dukthen Kyi, Lynn Holland
China has dammed every major river in Tibet with many more dams in the planning stage. This and the pollution of waters through mining have created serious problems for Tibetans and those in neighboring countries. Despite political repression and profound isolation, Tibetans are struggling to make these dire conditions known to the rest of the world.
What Does Singapore Owe its Migrant Workers? | 02/10/16
In Tuas View, an industrial neighborhood in Singapore, migrant workers have little reason to leave their buildings. They live in a 15,000 square foot dormitory, where they enjoy fitness centers, movie theaters, food courts, and even a beer garden. Take a closer look, however, and a darker reality emerges.
The Reduction of Mass Atrocity Crimes in Southeast Asia, the Responsibility to Protect (R2P), and the Individual Responsibility to Protect (IR2P) | 01/22/16
For a variety of reasons, Southeast Asia has experienced a significant reduction in mass atrocity crimes in the last 30 years. Frank suggests that R2P and the individual responsibility to protect (IR2P, advanced by Edward Luck and Dana Luck), when yoked, can help entrench, sustain, and strengthen norms that help prevent mass atrocity crimes.
"Do Not Forget Us!" (1978) | 12/08/15
Activist Bayard Rustin reports on meeting Indochinese refugees in Thai camps, who fled their countries in fear of their lives. He exhorts America to open its doors and makes a special appeal to his fellow African-Americans, declaring: "Black people must recognize these people for what they are: brothers and sisters, not enemies and competitors."
Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World's Superpowers | 11/18/15
Master storyteller, researcher, and traveler Simon Winchester takes us on a fascinating voyage through the Pacific, tying it all together with two ethical questions: Should the Americans and the Chinese have a level playing field? And should we respect the ways of the Pacific ancients?
Migrant Deaths Worldwide | 06/08/15
There is no going back to a world in which migration can be prevented. The only solution to the global crisis of migrant deaths is to merge humanitarian efforts to aid and rescue migrants with coordinated, cooperative efforts to open safe, long-term migration channels throughout regions, and even the world.
Addressing Modern-Day Slavery in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) | 05/20/15
Nubia Pena, Paolo Zabala Alfar
Of the world's 36 million trafficking victims, nearly two-thirds are from Asian countries. In order for the United States and Asia to have a promising future in trade, foreign policy negotiations, and mutual investment in socioeconomic development, there must be a closer collaboration to eradicate this terrible crime.
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?
The Participation Gap | 06/25/14
Devin T. Stewart
"Inequality doesn't result only from differences in income or wealth (the focus of French economist Thomas Piketty). It also has a political dimension, fueled by unequal access to power and the norm that all citizens deserve an equal voice."
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.