Korea

Post-Park impeachment sets up left-winning presidential election

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Candidates for South Korea’s presidential elections next month promise radical reform following the fall of President Park Geun-hye, writes Hyung-A Kim The formal indictment of recently impeached and ousted former president Park Geun-hye on 18 charges on 17 April 2017, including that of receiving or demanding 59.2 billion won (A$52.1 million) in bribes, has indisputable […]

Australia - Asia relations

Asian students ‘disconnect’ from local students, study finds

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Institutions could do more to encourage connections between international and local students, Catherine Gomes suggests Studying in another country can be rewarding and culturally enriching—but it can also be an alienating experience compounded by homesickness, the absence of support from family and friends, and loss of identity. Between 2013 and 2016 I conducted research on […]

Indonesia

Jakarta elections a very bad look for Indonesia

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Indonesia’s self-identity as a tolerant, pluralist society has been shaken by Jakarta’s gubernatorial election, writes Tim Lindsey The decisive defeat of Basuki Tjahaja Purnama (known as ‘Ahok’) in Jakarta’s litmus-test gubernatorial election is a triumph for hardline Islamist mob agitators. It comes after years of pressure from the Muslim right and may flag a shift […]

China

The real value of the China–Pakistan Corridor

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China’s ambitious plan to develop a corridor to the Indian Ocean through Pakistan may be about much more than providing energy security, argues Stephen Szuster China’s profound dependence on the free flow of resources, goods and people through the Indian Ocean Region is no more evident than in terms of energy security. As the world’s […]

Sri Lanka

The long wait for justice in postwar Sri Lanka

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Though the decades-long war between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels is over, it still haunts many Sri Lankans, writes Udeni Appuhamilage Since the end of the separatist war between Sri Lankan government forces and the Tamil Tiger group rebels in May 2009 there have been strong calls for an independent investigation of war crimes, […]

Timor-Leste

Timor-Leste opts for stability over anticorruption in presidential choice

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Last week’s presidential elections, which saw Fretilin’s Francisco ‘Lu-Olo’ Guterres elected president, have set the battleground for parliamentary elections later this year, writes Damien Kingsbury In a red jacket tightly zipped against the ‘cool’ of the morning, Alberto da Silva stood on a rise above the village of Leohitu last week, surveying voters lined up […]