Asia-Pacific

  • Coal, power and violent protest in Bangladesh

    May 31, 2017

    Norway’s central bank has announced that its sovereign wealth fund – the richest in Europe – is to boycott companies building the Rampal power plant in Bangladesh. Its decision further aggravates what is already a violent flashpoint for protest.

    On 5 May Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) announced that it was to ...

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  • Long-range seaborne raids in the Philippines may serve as model for future regional abduction and terrorist attacks

    May 31, 2017

    The presence of the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG, ‘bearer of the sword’ in Arabic) in the small Bohol town of Inabanga and the subsequent one-month hunt for the surviving members of the group was an unusual but not unique event.

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  • New South Korean president has little to cheer

    May 23, 2017

    Moon Jae-in was inaugurated as South Korea’s 19th president on 10 May. While his victory ends months of political uncertainty in Seoul, there is little cause for celebration. Several domestic and international crises, including an elevated risk of conflict in the Korean peninsula, will dominate his agenda.

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  • The security impact of India’s uneven boom

    April 28, 2017

    India’s economy is undergoing a period of rapid but uneven transformation. Some states and territories are becoming much wealthier than others, very quickly. So far, this has not translated into worsening political and security risks, but this situation will not necessarily prevail.

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  • Jakarta election results indicate growing instability ahead of Indonesia’s 2019 presidential poll

    April 26, 2017

    Jakarta’s gubernatorial election is second only to the national presidential polls in terms of political significance as it points towards the country’s likely future direction. The 2017 poll pitted an incumbent, and by Indonesian standards, unconventional governor against well-resourced, establishment-backed candidates. The outcome reflected darker and troubling echoes of the country’s past, with the twin axes of faith and ethnicity openly deployed in a successful bid to promote the winning candidate.

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