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Regional Roundup for Week of 5.27.16

Regional Roundup for Week of 5.27.16


Obama’s visit to Vietnam rightfully overshadowed all other news coming out of the region this week as the US Rebalance to the Asia Pacific transitions into a gift that keeps on giving to Southeast Asia in terms of security and ...

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A young female recruit of the Kachin Independence Army. Photo: Asian Correspondent

Advancing Gender Advocacy in Myanmar: Beyond False Promises & Deep Divides


Women living in Myanmar’s conflict areas face enormous pressure from ethnic autonomous organizations to support a war effort that does not necessarily serve their interests. These pressures are subtle, and often invisible to development actors who focus on tackling intersections ...

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FSD deminer Mr Dasone Sitthipone working with a detector at a UXO clearance area, begins excavating an unidentified object. Photo: Australia DFAT

Improving the US-Laos relationship through UXO cleanup


The recent leadership change in Laos and the country’s tenure as chair of ASEAN mean that now is an ideal time for the U.S. to step up engagement.  This dynamic situation gives U.S. policymakers room to pursue important goals in ...

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Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Overlooks the Real Key to Peace and Prosperity: Mekong People

Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Overlooks the Real Key to Peace and Prosperity: Mekong People


When I first heard the Lancang-Mekong Cooperation Mechanism (LMC) last year, the name of the river stood out. I initially thought it was only a mechanism for water management among the six countries that share the longest, mighty river in ...

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Regional Roundup for Week of 5.18.2016

Regional Roundup for Week of 5.18.2016


LEADERS Obama in Vietnam Will Focus on Future, Rather Than the Past - NYTimes. For Mr. Obama, the trip to Vietnam offers an opportunity to help solidify not only his promised pivot of American policy toward Asia, but also to deepen ...

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“Peace Process” Versus “Peacebuilding Project” – Why Nuance Matters  in Myanmar’s Development Landscape

“Peace Process” Versus “Peacebuilding Project” – Why Nuance Matters in Myanmar’s Development Landscape


This article is the second of a three part series on development, peace, and gender in Myanmar. The first article in the series is linked here. Development practitioners in Myanmar should view the phenomenon of “peacebuilding” as two separate, but intersecting ...

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