South East Asia

Myanmar, Genocide and Aung San Suu Kyi’s Gamble

Leaders currently in office rarely make an appearance before either the International Court of Justice or the International Criminal Court.  International law remains affixed to the notion that heads-of-state are, at least for the duration of their time in office, safe from prosecution.  Matters change once the time in office […]

Trump and Xi

Juggling With The Authoritarians: Donald Trump’s Diplomatic Copy Book

The central theme to Trump’s copy book can be said to be this: to conserve a cosy position with one authoritarian regime necessitates a punitive approach to another.  A calculus for the voter comes into play: you can only fool the electors some of the time.  To that end, much has been leveraged on the anti-China sentiment and chest thumping before the Iranian mullahs.

wwf

Militarised Conservation: Paramilitary Rangers And The WWF

The WWF case suggests a direct connection between the mission of a charitable organisation and its captivation by a dangerous militancy. It has become a sponsor, and concealer, of vigilante action, obviously unabashed in cracking a few skulls in the name of shielding protected species. Along came the networks of informants, surveillance and exploiting local issues.

Korea unified

Let Koreans Settle Their Own Problems

A good way to begin would be for the US to end its punishing economic warfare against North Korea and permanently halt its provocative military exercises each fall. But the US and Japan, are not eager to see Korea reunified into a powerhouse with 80 million industrious people. They will continue stirring the Korean pot.