Religion in Southeast Asia: Diversity and the threat of extremes
Until recently, parents in Thailand would leave their children in Buddhist temples while they worked the fields and factories. Buddhist monks would act as caretakers and teachers. Religious education was strong, as were the donations flooding into Buddhist temples. But with the rise of state-run primary school education, religious education has slipped dramatically (so too the temples’ cash flow).
British Naval Activities in the South China Sea: a Double-Edged sword?
Since early 2019 the UK’s Royal Navy has increased its joint military exercises with the US Navy in the South China Sea. In mid-January the Royal Navy frigate Argyll and […]
Mental Illness: Myanmar’s Hidden Epidemic
Myanmar urgently needs to improve mental health care and achieving that objective will require a change of attitude by policy makers and the wider community. A report released last year […]
A Return to War: Militarized Conflicts in Northern Shan State
Introduction Myanmar’s internal armed conflict erupted in 1948 just after it gained independence from Britain. The principle armed actors in Myanmar’s civil wars have involved the Myanmar Defense Services, or […]