The Indonesian government’s response to the protests in West Papua is undermining its credibility. Without meaningful dialogue between all parties, tensions will remain and protests will continue.
Unpredictable weather patterns pose new UXO threats to Laotians. To meet these threats, international governments will have to make changes in the current aid distribution model.
With more joint maritime drills with the US and China, ASEAN nations may find themselves financially stretched. However, the strategic benefits may outweigh the financial injections.
The Indonesian government’s plan to move its capital to Borneo ignores the voices of the Dayak indigenous people and poses massive risks to the environment.
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.
Tensions in Rohingya refugee camps are rising following failed repatriation efforts. The Bangladeshi government’s knee-jerk responses only threaten to exacerbate the situation.
Jakarta remains among the least safe cities in the region. But the threats residents face are systemic rather than violent.
Renewed violence between ethnic armed groups and the Myanmar military in Shan State has thrown joint China-Myanmar development plans into question. Relying on China to broker peace seems an increasingly risky gamble.
Twenty years after independence, Timor-Leste struggles to define its future beyond foreign influences and a volatile fossil fuel economy. Its bid to join ASEAN is finally moving ahead and represents a key piece of its development agenda.
The Cambodian government plans to eliminate six public holidays, including International Human Rights Day, in a move to attract investors. But the ploy has drawn criticism from civil society and suggests the government will refuse to engage with the EU on domestic rights issues.