Sri Lanka: Towards Reconciliation?
Mahinda Rajapaksa was reelected President of Sri Lanka following the country’s first presidential elections after the military victory over the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) last May. Despite some violent incidents during the election campaign, the elections were largely peaceful. Rajapaksa declared in his announcement from January 12 this year that he is prepared to execute the necessary constitutional changes to accommodate the political aspirations of Sri Lankan minorities, by creating a second parliament chamber which would allow greater Tamil political representation. In waking up from the post-victory euphoria of May last year the main issue on the agenda of the president has to be winning the peace.
Creatively Managing China-Vietnam Relations in the South China Sea
Bilateral relations between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute have improved in the last couple of years as evidenced by the January summit between the two leaders. […]
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 […]
Financing War or Facilitating Peace? The Impact of Rebel Drug Trafficking on Peace Negotiations in Colombia and Myanmar
Rebel involvement in drug trafficking is broadly found to prolong and intensify civil wars. Being an illicit good with strong demand, high profit margins, limited barriers to entry, and few […]
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 […]
Politics, Religion and ISIS in Malaysia
Ahead of the 26th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, held in Malaysia in April 2015, authorities in the country seized explosives and arrested 12 men who were allegedly […]
Politicking and the Philippine Peace Process
Three months after a deadly clash in Mamasapano, the Philippine peace process is in danger. The hard-won gains of negotiations over the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)—the implementing piece of […]