Asian Currents

Asian development

Asia begins to address the impacts of development displacement

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Recent massive population displacement triggered by conflicts and disasters generates calls for longer-term solutions to recreate sustainable livelihoods—and for more development. But Asian countries must ensure any displacement resulting from development does not add to the very problem it aims to resolve, writes Susanna Price. The forced displacement of unprecedented numbers of people due to […]

Myanmar

Why Suu Kyi fiddles while Rohingya homes burn

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As persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas accelerates, questions are being asked about why democracy icon and Nobel peace prizewinner Aung San Suu Kyi does not act to stop the violence, writes Damien Kingsbury. As 2017 begins to unfold, the persecution of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingyas has accelerated. Since the beginning of the year, the UN says […]

Profiles

Reluctant diplomats left their mark

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 As UN secretaries-general, U Thant of Burma and Perez de Cuellar of Peru had much in common, writes Myint Zan in a comparative tribute and commemoration. With the recent appointment of former Portuguese prime minister Antonio Guterres as the ninth secretary-general of the United Nations there are now three former UN secretaries-general living—Ban Ki-moon (South […]