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Forests Are Gold Trees, People, and Environmental Rule in Vietnam

Pamela D. McElwee's new book is out

Forests Are Gold examines the management of Vietnam's forests in the tumultuous twentieth century-from French colonialism to the recent transition to market-oriented economics-as the country united, prospered, and transformed people and landscapes.

Burma's Transition to Democracy: A Francis Fukuyama Conversation with Larry Diamond

On April 5, CDDRL Director Francis Fukuyama held an interview with FSI Senior Fellow Larry Diamond on Burma's recent elections and it's ongoing transition to democracy. Particularly, Diamond remarked on the significant role Aung Sang Suu Kyi will play and the social and political challenges the new leadership.

Council on Foreign Relations
Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

Rebalance to Asia Led to Drop in Security Assistance for Southeast Asia

In 2011, the Obama administration launched an approach to East Asia called the “rebalance to Asia.” One aspect of the rebalance was supposed to be strengthening security relationships in Southeast Asia, including through bilateral security assistance. Yet an analysis of U.S. security assistance to Southeast Asian nations shows that, in nominal dollars, overall security aid to Southeast Asia fell by 19 percent since 2010, the year before the rebalance was launched. Accounting for inflation, the overall decline in U.S. security assistance to the region would have been even steeper.

First Philippine presidential debate for 2016 election

The first official presidential debate in 24 years was held in Cagayan de Oro City. The urban centers of Mindanao are visibly booming, but the old problems of poverty, peace and order concerns, and power shortages continue to haunt the countryside. 

Social Weather Survey
Satisfaction with how democracy works at 76%

Social Weather Survey

The Fourth Quarter 2015 Social Weather Survey findings on satisfaction with democracy and preference for democracy are in.

Rappler
Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty Int'l

Abuses persist in PH's 'climate of impunity' – Amnesty International

The lack of laws and structures to strengthen human rights contribute to the 'climate of impunity' in the Philippines, says Amnesty International.

The Jakarta Post
HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

HRW calls on US government to reveal truth about 1965 massacre

An article from the Jakarta Post on Human Right Watch (HRW)'s call for the US government to reveal the truth about the 1965 massacre. Human Rights Watch has said an apology over the atrocities of 1965 would be futile unless the whole truth was revealed.

The International NGO said the government should be held accountable for its actions related to the killings of people who were considered associated with communism, including for what is hidden in secret files held by the US government.

Thailand: NRC Recommendations to the Government on Overcoming Violence

Thailand: NRC Report on Overcoming Violence Through the Power of Reconciliation

The PCIJ Blog
EDSA@30: An Unfinished Revolution

EDSA@30: An Unfinished Revolution

A collection of images of recent protests on the anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the EDSA uprising.

Thailand’s Cause Lawyers and Twenty-First-Century Military Coups: Nation, Identity, and Conflicting Visions of the Rule of Law (Frank Munger)

Thailand in 2014: The Trouble With Magic Swords (Duncan McCargo)

Branding Dissent: Nitirat, Thailand’s Enlightened Jurists (Duncan McCargo & Peeradej Tanruangporn)

Competing Notions of Judicialization in Thailand (Duncan McCargo)

Peopling Thailand’s 2015 Draft Constitution (Duncan McCargo)

The Economic Origins of Indonesia's Secessionist Conflicts

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