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The Guardian
Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Philippines secret death squads: officer claims police teams behind wave of killings

Thousands of people have been killed since Rodrigo Duterte became president and, according to one officer, secret police teams are partly responsible

The Atlantic
I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

I Will Kill All the Drug Lords

In May, Rodrigo Duterte, who served as Davao’s mayor for 21 years, was elected president of the Philippines, defeating four other challengers with a promise to purge the country of drug dealers.

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016

OECD, Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2016: Enhancing Regional Ties

The annual Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and Indiaexamines Asia’s regional economic growth, development and regional integration process. It focuses on the economic conditions of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam. It also addresses relevant economic issues in People’s Republic of China and India to fully reflect economic developments in the region.

The Asia Foundation
Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation

Laos: Reaping the Benefits of a New Era of International Cooperation

This month, the Southeast Asian nation of Laos hosted two of the region’s most important annual gatherings—the ASEAN Summit and the East Asia Summit—in its capital, Vientiane. President Barack Obama, who led the U.S. delegation, made historyby becoming the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country.

The New York Times
Southeast Asia Blazes May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

Southeast Asia Blazes May Have Led to Deaths of Over 100,000, Study Says

A study by public health experts from Columbia and Harvard reveal that pollution from burning forests may have led to premature deaths of more than 100,000 people in the region. 

The Muslim World
Islamic Studies or Asian Studies? Islam in Southeast Asia

Islamic Studies or Asian Studies? Islam in Southeast Asia

Chiara Formichi's article in The Muslim World is a huge contribution to the study of Islam in Southeast Asia. She explores why Islamic Studies and Southeast Studies were separated and how this separation has impoverished both fields. 

East Asia Forum
ASEAN centrality losing ground

ASEAN centrality losing ground

Mathew Davies of ANU argues that ASEAN is losing its centrality in the Asia-Pacific in the face of great power machinations and a lack of leadership within the organization.

Nikkei Asian Review
US move on Myanmar sanctions sparks jubilation, dismay

US move on Myanmar sanctions sparks jubilation, dismay

Gwen Robinson delves into what the lifting of sanctions means for Aung San Suu Kyi, her relationship with the still powerful military and for Myanmar's economy. She analyses the reasons for President Obama's decision and why human rights groups are opposed.

Center for a New American Security
CNAS Commentary: Can the U.S.-Philippine Alliance Endure Duterte?

CNAS Commentary: Can the U.S.-Philippine Alliance Endure Duterte?

As new Philippine President Duterte continues his anti-American campaign CNAS experts assess the damage it is doing to the U.S.-Philippine Alliance.

Institute of Development Studies
Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

Uneven Developments: Toward Inclusive Land Governance in Contemporary Cambodia

This paper, commissioned as part of a Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) 'learning journey' on inclusive land governance, inquires whether these reforms constitute durable institutional change, or temporary and calculated forms of social inclusion aimed at managing an increasingly volatile political and economic landscape. 

Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs
Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Reading List and Discussion Questions on Climate Change and The Philippines

Many island nations like the Philippines are already being affected by rising sea levels, a specter of what lies ahead for low-lying cities such as Miami, Florida. This reading list and discussion questions explores these issues in the context of the Philippines. How is the encroaching threat of climate change reshaping culture, politics, and even faith in these communities? How can the claim of economic prosperity be reconciled with the equally valid claim of sustainability and conservation?

ABC's Bob Woodruff talks with children in Laos. ABC News
America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

America's Secret War in Laos Uncovered

As Obama makes his historic visit, ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff travels across Laos, meeting victims new and old bearing witness to the legacy left behind by America’s secret war.

Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia
Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

Self-protection against flood in Cambodia

This research investigated (1) the change in Cambodian’s preference for self‑protection against natural disasters, (2) how groups can influence communities toward self‑protection, (3) the collective community investments to reduce the expected losses associated with natural disasters, and (4) the existing social institutions in Cambodian communities that improved their voluntary contribution to the protection against disasters’ interdependent risk.

The Culture Trip
Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

Top 10 Filipino Contemporary Artists & Where to Find Them

With the exception of a few established artists on the international stage, the Filipino art scene was long confined to an insular environment – until about a decade ago. After a 50-year hiatus, the Philippines participated in the 2015 Venice Biennale with a national pavilion, which drew attention to the region and brought a new wave of local artists into the limelight. We profile ten contemporary Filipino artists you should know.

The New York Times
Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Myanmar Peace Talks Begin, High in Symbolism and in Skepticism

Asia Maritime Transparency Initative
What Countries are Taking Sides After the South China Sea Ruling?

CSIS Analysis of Who is Taking Sides in the South China Sea after Hague Ruling

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