Asian studies

Asian Studies in Australia—a vision for positive growth


Despite a challenging environment for Asian Studies in Australia, Kent Anderson sees strong grounds for optimism. The present state of Asian Studies in Australia can—to borrow a phrase—be loosely divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Starting with the ugly, over the past five years a number of university language programs have been […]


Italy’s ‘white raja’: the fabulous life of Celso Cesare Moreno


Anticolonial campaigner or operatic poseur? Anthony Reid examines the role of a 19th century Italian adventurer in Aceh’s anticolonial struggle. In 1868 Celso Cesar Moreno (1831–1901) came to international attention by offering the United States the occupation of Pulau Weh (known to divers today as Sabang), off Banda Aceh, in return for protecting Aceh against […]

Asian development

Asia begins to address the impacts of development displacement


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 […]


Why Suu Kyi fiddles while Rohingya homes burn


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 […]


Reluctant diplomats left their mark


 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 […]