Thursday, September 21, 2017

North Korea’s real strategy

North Korea’s quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a “rational” response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival.

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Strategic ASEAN diplomacy underpins regional stability

Try imagining a world where the Middle East is at peace. The thought seems almost inconceivable.

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Pakistan’s persistent energy crisis

For almost a decade, Pakistan has lacked the energy it needs, with producers and consumers across the country facing power outages for up to 12 hours per day. At the root of this crisis lies poor governance.

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The eurozone must reform or die

With the election of a reform-minded centrist president in France and the re-election of German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeming ever more likely, is there hope for the stalled single-currency project in Europe?

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Solar power for poor rural households in ASEAN: Lessons from Cambodia

In an innovative initiative to increase access to electrical power, the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) has adopted a rural electrification master plan that promotes the use of Solar Home Systems (SHS) to increase access to electricity in Cambodia’s rural areas.

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South China Sea feud ‘business as usual’ for US, China

The South China Sea is a volatile place – or rather, its politics are. China, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Taiwan have been fighting over this azure stretch of the Pacific for more than a century.

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India, Pakistan to gain from ‘Shanghai Spirit’

After being observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization for 12 years, India and Pakistan were admitted as full members to the bloc at the SCO summit in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Friday.

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City in ruins, IS still a threat

The disgraceful story of Marawi City in the southern Philippines is an embarrassment to the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte. But it is a threat to Asean neighbours, including Thailand. Southeast Asia today is not only a target of the Islamic State (IS) but an actual threat which could, and should, have been avoided.

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No, palm oil not responsible for global deforestation

A little over a month ago, Indonesia’s Environment and Forestry Ministry sought to extend a moratorium on issuing new licenses for using forest and peatland in the country for two years.

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How arts heal and galvanise the youth of Timor Leste

Quirky is one way of describing this art space” writes the Lonely Planet about Arte Moris. But Arte Moris (or Living Art) is much more than an art gallery or a fine art school.

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