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Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

Kach(in) 22: Myanmar’s Opening & Beijing’s Headache on the Sino-Burmese Border

By Jeremy Luedi, Writer and Analyst
Location Canada Canada

Myanmar has begun to transition from isolated junta to one which is increasingly embracing democracy. This shift in outlook is reflected by the creation in 2005 of a new capital Naypyidaw: 320km (199 mi) from the old British colonial capital of Yangon (Rangoon). For decades prior Myanmar had been viewed as an insular military dictatorship akin to fellow hermit kingdom North Korea sans nuclear weapons and eccentric dynasties. If the country—a product of the partition […]

January 20, 2015 · 0 comments · Asia, Myanmar, Politics
Taiwan’s Special Role in the South China Sea Disputes

Taiwan’s Special Role in the South China Sea Disputes

By Yu-ting Chen, Master’s Student at National Sun Yat-sen University
Location Taiwan Taiwan

Taiwan’s low profile strategy can be explained by its embarrassing position in the South China Sea disputes. Many are the discussions about interstate conflicts in diplomacy. Likewise, many are the discussions about the South China Sea (SCS) disputes and their implications for regional relations and the general security of East Asia. The natural resource reserves in the SCS and the free navigation through the sea lanes for transportation of energy and commodities have been argued […]

March 24, 2014 · 1 comment · Asia, Politics, Taiwan
Thailand’s Political Turmoil Hurts its own Foreign Policy Outlook

Thailand’s Political Turmoil Hurts its own Foreign Policy Outlook

By Peera Charoenvattananukul, Postgraduate Student at the University of Cambridge
Location Thailand Thailand

Since the 2006 coup which ousted the democratically elected government headed by Thaksin Shinnawatra, Thailand’s political landscape has been in a state of twists and turns. The Thais have been divided into two major political cliques: One side deeply believes in the principle of one-man-one-vote as a fundamental precept to true democracy whereas another holds that “a fair election without vote buying” is indispensable to democracy. Despite realizing that the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will […]

January 24, 2014 · 0 comments · Asia, Politics, Thailand
Instability in Pakistan: Time to Act; not to Regret

Instability in Pakistan: Time to Act; not to Regret

By Jameel-ur-Rehman Zaib, MA in International Relations from National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad
Location Pakistan Pakistan

Pakistan represents nothing but a chunk of nations ensnared by social fragmentation and polarized intelligentsia. Social scientists argue that social synthesis is the embryonic stage of the social integration theory, which performs as the primary stimulating force in unifying scattered social groups and heterogeneous classes into an organized structure. The synthesizing status qualifies for a harmonious society only amid environments where the interrelationship between the resource-dominating and the resource-supplying classes is – though polarizing – […]

January 9, 2014 · 1 comment · Asia, Pakistan, Politics, South Asia
Why is China Easing its One-Child Policy?

Why is China Easing its One-Child Policy?

By Romi Jain, Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs
Location India India

China’s controversial one-child policy change fits in the overarching framework of the government’s zealous pursuit of economic growth. The National People Congress of China has approved relaxation of the over three-decade old one-child policy. It will enable the couples to have two children. The easing of the opprobrious policy is expected to benefit 15 million to 20 million couples. What lies beneath the benign move, however, is not simply the logic of social cause but the […]

January 4, 2014 · 0 comments · Asia, China, Politics, Romi Jain
Remembering Tiananmen Square

Remembering Tiananmen Square

By Romi Jain, Vice President of the Indian Journal of Asian Affairs
Location India India

“Remembering Tiananmen Square” is a poem of historical and political significance in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the massacre. How stunning is human history: Events sometimes Take place in the lap of locations They contradict. It happened on June 4, 1989. In the precincts of Tiananmen Square, Unarmed protestors met with massacre: The “gate of heavenly peace” became an orb of slain urges to Freedom; Chang’an Avenue-“eternal peace street”- Stupefied stood. A square shed ordinariness of […]

December 27, 2013 · 0 comments · Asia, China, Culture, poetry
Will India’s Aadhaar Cards Work?

Will India’s Aadhaar Cards Work?

By Gajanan Khergamker, Independent Editor and Legal Counsel
Location India India

Will Aadhaar, India’s Unique Identification Card, tackle the issue of infiltration of over 1.4 million illegal Bangladeshis into India? India’s Unique Identification (Aadhaar Card) was created to “plug loopholes” and help tackle the issue of infiltration of over 1.4 million illegal Bangladeshis into India over the past decade. The personal data of nearly 4 million filers and 700,000 businesses exposed in a recent attack on South Carolina’s Department of Revenue servers only underscores the risks […]

May 28, 2013 · 3 comments · Asia, India, Politics, Tech