National Elections in the Philippines: New Leadership and New Prospects of Peace in Mindanao?
On May 10, Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino secured a majority in the national elections and will be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. With strong electoral support and as an offspring of two national heroes, late President Corazon “Cory” Aquino and Benigno Aquino, an assassinated leader of Marco’s opposition, Aquino appears to be in a better position than his predecessor, the incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. Will Aquino turn the popular support into a strong leadership and secure sufficient political will to finalize more than a decade long negotiation process with MILF? Will his administration find a lasting solution for the Moro national struggle in Mindanao?
Myanmar and the Case for UN Resolution 1325
From sexual violence to socio-economic hardships, women have borne a disproportionate share of the burden in Myanmar’s decades-long civil war. As the country undergoes a protracted peace process, more needs […]
Myanmar’s 2015 General Elections: Structure, Process, and Issues
The second general elections since the beginning of Myanmar’s political transformation toward a multiparty democracy will take place on November 8. This year’s election will comprise all opposition parties and […]
The Great Rejuvenation? China’s Search for a New ‘Global Order’
Executive Summary This Asia Paper explores how China, a ‘partial’ global power, can set the agenda and determine the rules in a global order dominated by a declining yet unyielding […]
Harnessing FDI and Enabling Myanmar’s Business Environment
As its economy opens, Myanmar needs to fully benefit from foreign investment to secure its economic growth. But while FDI inflows into Myanmar have burgeoned, a significant challenge remains to create an environment in […]
Suu Kyi visit demonstrates changing China–Myanmar relations
At the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD), made her first historic visit to China […]
Going nowhere: Thailand’s coup, one year on
Today marks one year since the Thai junta came to power in a coup d’état.The move was ostensibly made to save the country from deadly street violence that had crippled […]