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 […]
How Can 2017 be a New Boost on China-Vietnam Relations over the South China Sea?
In China’s foreign relations regarding the South China Sea (SCS) Issues, Vietnam is undoubtedly one of the key countries that China has to face and need to be handled well […]
The New Great Game: China and South and Central Asia in the Era of Reform
Keeping a firm eye on both the policy community and academic environment, Thomas Fingar (ed) has produced a most relevant and interesting book on China and its neighbors in South […]
Nuclear Security Cooperation in Northeast Asia: Implications from EURATOM
Northeast Asia is currently facing several nuclear issues, such as the nuclear crisis on the Korean Peninsula and a potential arms race between the countries in the region. These issues […]
Myanmar’s Evolving Relations: The NLD in Government
The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election prompted celebrations around the world. Following a nervous, but successful, transition to ensure the transfer of […]