Since taking office, President Duterte has eschewed traditional allies in favour of a pivot towards Beijing. Three years into his term, there are few tangible signs that it was a worthwhile endeavour.
Articles by Zachary Frye
Rapid economic development in the Asia-Pacific region has lifted millions out of poverty in recent decades. The middle classes are benefiting from increased housing options, but those at the bottom of the economic ladder are still struggling.
Natural disasters are becoming increasingly severe, hindering poverty reduction attempts and economic growth. The UN says the Asia-Pacific region isn’t doing enough to protect itself against the risks.
A thriving underground market and a robust gun culture empowers criminals and keeps dangerous weapons within easy reach in Thailand.
Japan and South Korea’s escalating trade war threatens regional growth. At a diplomatic meeting in Bangkok, ASEAN struggled to make a significant impact towards its resolution.
At Education International’s 8th World Congress, democracy and human rights issues were front and centre. In a region mired in autocracy and rights abuses, the promotion of critical thinking will be crucial for democratic change.
Monsoon rains and a lack of adequate precautions is leading to a spike in cases of mosquito-borne dengue fever. Governments and international organisations should recalibrate their efforts to mitigate future epidemics.
The government in the Philippines has implemented land redistribution policies for decades, but they’ve failed to reduce rural poverty rates.
A glut of mangos has left the government is scrambling to sell them before it’s too late. But poorly-regulated supply chains hamper international sales.
At a time of heightened nationalism, Thailand needs to double down on promoting harmony between religions.