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2016 in Review Asia Pacific Politics

Trends of 2016: Could the Rohingya be Aung San Suu Kyi’s downfall?

By downplaying the Rohingya issue, Aung San Suu Kyi is walking a thin line, trying to balance competing interests. Yet her silence undermines her position.

Asia Pacific Politics

Donald Trump’s presidential victory signals an end to America’s engagement in Southeast Asia

Trump’s unexpected victory could change how America interacts with Southeast Asia on issues concerning security, human rights and trade.

Europe Politics

Romania’s Minister of Justice admits to lying to the European Court of Human Rights

Romanian Minister of Justice, Raluca Pruna, admitted in this month’s meeting with the Romanian Superior Magistrates Council, to have lied to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the budgeting of almost a billion euros for the construction of seven new penitentiaries.

Asia Pacific Economics

The Silk Road is turning China’s diplomacy on its head

While China has traditionally refused to become involved in countries’ domestic affairs, its Silk Road ambitions are challenging Beijing’s policy.

Asia Pacific Politics

Laos government cracks down on social media use

Attempts to crackdown of social media raised concerns over human rights violations and of potential negative impact on the country’s burgeoning economy

Asia Pacific Security

Strategic implications of President Obama’s trip to Vietnam

President Obama’s Vietnam visit will increase economic and security cooperation.

Politics Security

Human rights and risk analysis: Why the relationship matters

Often overlooked, the relationship between human rights and risk analysis has become increasingly important. A guest post by Nicolas Tenzer, Chairman of the Paris-based Centre for Study and Research for Political

Europe Security

One year after Charlie Hebdo, is France adequately addressing homegrown terror?

2015 was a devastating year for France. On January 11, two terrorists attacked the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 17 people. “Je suis Charlie” was raised as a rallying cry

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Does a New Parliament Signal a Shift for Egypt?

Last Sunday, Egypt’s newly-elected parliament held its first meeting since the 2012 expulsion of former President Mohammed Morsi. But the new class of legislators have little chance of serving as

Asia Pacific Security

Breaking down the implications of China’s new anti-terrorism law

China’s new anti-terrorism law has been strongly criticized for infringing on a host of both corporate and human rights.. On December 27, 2015, the Standing Committee of the National People’s