Fresh Perspectives


  • Deafening Silence on Myanmar’s Rohingya

    Deafening Silence on Myanmar’s Rohingya

    The UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, has been visiting Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh this week, gathering more evidence of recent unprecedented violence against the Muslim minority. However, ahead of Lee's report to the UN...

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  • Where There’s Smoke, There’s Atomic Fire

    Where There’s Smoke, There’s Atomic Fire

    Last weekend's North Korean missile test came after a series of nuclear weapons-related actions and announcements by the new US administration. What comes next could shape the strategic climate for years to come.  On Wednesday last week the...

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  • Why Some Regimes Are More Authoritarian Than Others

    Why Some Regimes Are More Authoritarian Than Others

    Malaysia and Singapore are lauded as successful examples of newly independent states that should be emulated by Third World countries. At the same time they are derided as authoritarian regimes that deny their citizens fundamental liberties....

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  • The Perils of Replacing Mugabe

    The Perils of Replacing Mugabe

    While President Robert Mugabe is on annual leave in China, Zimbabwe’s acting president has changed twice. In a one-party state that has seen the same leader for 30 years, this temporary see-sawing is an annual pattern that is part of the...

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  • ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    ASEAN Fragmented on Rohingya Crisis

    Foreign ministers from the Association of South East Asian Nations met in Yangon late last year to discuss Myanmar’s Rohingya crisis. The meeting came after a series of NGO reports and a statement from the United Nations Human Rights Council...

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  • Zimbabwe is Increasingly Looking East

    Zimbabwe is Increasingly Looking East

    Zimbabwe’s contemporary foreign policy has been coloured by anti-imperialist proclamations that the country will never be a colony again. These proclamations have been largely directed at the West due to tensions over the ‘land question’. Sour...

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  • Artificial Intelligence on the Front Lines

    Artificial Intelligence on the Front Lines

    Autonomous technologies are rapidly advancing in multiple industries; from transport to manufacturing, artificial intelligence is gaining steam. Military AI, however, faces a unique set of challenges: the lethal capabilities of drones pose...

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  • China’s View of North Korea

    China’s View of North Korea

    While China seeks stability on its periphery, North Korea continues to upset regional security with domestic problems and a nuclear weapons program. Given the significance of domestic Chinese public opinion, Beijing finds itself in an...

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  • A Year of Fear and Frustration in Iraq

    A Year of Fear and Frustration in Iraq

    The military offensive to liberate Mosul may be the defining event in Iraq for 2016. But there have been others—from dramatic street politics to horrific terrorist bombings—that have shaped the country and revealed issues and actors destined for...

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  • The ICC at a Critical Juncture

    The ICC at a Critical Juncture

    The International Criminal Court is at critical juncture in its role as a pillar of international justice. The "never again" court established in 2002 has faced a mixed year of monumental cases, renewed hardships and backlash due to ongoing...

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