Category Archives: Asia-Pacific

Blue Diplomacy: Interpreting the New Ross Sea Marine Protected Area

This week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Antarctica’s McMurdo Station, becoming the highest ranking U.S. official to visit the continent. His visit will bring international attention to the new Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) and showcase … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific Profile: Susi Pudjiastuti

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Who is she? Susi Pudjiastuti has been the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in Indonesia since 2014. She is known for her strong personality and tough stance on illegal fishing. Prior to being appointed as Minister, Ms. Susi had … Continue reading

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Why Marine Protected Areas Matter

On August 26, 2016, the Obama Administration announced the expansion of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument northwest of Hawaii from 360,000 to 1.5 million sq km. It is the largest no-take marine protected area (MPA) and the largest protected area in … Continue reading

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Asia-Pacific Profile: Myint Swe

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Photo credit: Taro Taylor; Creative Commons   Who is Myint Swe? Born June 24, 1961, Myint Swe is a retired general and one of two newly-inaugurated Vice Presidents of Myanmar. His resume includes posts as the head of the military … Continue reading

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Top 5 Stories to Follow in the South Pacific in 2016

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  National Elections This year, there will be national elections in Australia, Kiribati, Nauru and Samoa. Australia’s relatively new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be tested at the polls, and we are yet to see whether the public concentrates on … Continue reading

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Contestations of Memory: Comfort Women and East Asian Politics

“To ignore violative conduct is to invite its repetition and sustain a culture of impunity.”[1] If survivors from a tragic event do not step forward to share their experiences, how will historians and the public know the truth about what … Continue reading

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Political Risk Analysis of the 2008 Sanlu Melamine Scandal and 2013 Fonterra Botulism Scandal

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This post is part of a longer research paper.  It was adapted for the Australia and New Zealand Studies Association Conference at the University of Texas in Austin on February 8, 2014. New Zealand’s agricultural sector not only makes up the … Continue reading

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