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CSIS – Southeast Asia Sit-Rep – September 22, 2016

CSIS Southeast Asia SIT-REP

This issue brings you insight into the role of diplomacy and security in U.S. policy following the arbitral tribunal ruling on the South China Sea, an overview of Cambodia’s deteriorating political situation, analysis on the challenges in Myanmar’s peace process awaiting Aung San Suu Kyi, discussions with Philippine foreign secretary Perfecto Yasay and Japanese defense minister Tomomi Inada, and much more. Links will take you to the full publications, multimedia, or to registration for upcoming programs when available. To jump to a section, select one of the following:

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Solving Asia’s water crisis

[Magazine exclusive] Too much, too little, too dirty – when it comes to water, Asia faces complex problems that require governments, multilateral organisations and the corporate sector to work together to solve.

water crisis

Governments in Asia haven’t quite started on addressing the complex water issues in their countries. Indeed, the Asian Development Bank says that the issue is actually one of poor governance. Image: Shutterstock

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Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013

By Dev Kar, Joseph Spanjers, December 8, 2015 Global Financial Integrity

This December 2015 report from Global Financial Integrity, “Illicit Financial Flows from Developing Countries: 2004-2013,” finds that developing and emerging economies lost US$7.8 trillion in illicit financial flows from 2004 through 2013, with illicit outflows increasing at an average rate of 6.5 percent per year—nearly twice as fast as global GDP.


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Beyond Propaganda – Authoritarian regimes are learning to engineer human souls in the age of Facebook.

Beyond Propaganda

This essay is adapted from the first in a series of publications by the Legatum Institute’s Transitions Forum on the politics of information in the 21st century.

Pity the poor propagandist! Back in the 20th century it was a lot easier to control an authoritarian country’s hearts and minds. All domestic media could be directed out of a government office. Foreign media could be jammed. Borders were sealed, and your population couldn’t witness the successes of a rival system. You had a clear narrative with at least a theoretically enticing vision of social justice or national superiority, one strong enough to fend off the seductions of liberal democracy and capitalism. Anyone who disagreed could be isolated, silenced, and suppressed.

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The Love I believe in

After watching a teenage love movie, a piece of thought poured out of my mind.

Let me first tell you what the movie was all about.

It was a gentle love story, starting with a typical motif of high-school life. A girl who was always at the top of best students in school, and a boy who had never gone far beyond his mediocre scores, were in the same class. Đọc tiếp The Love I believe in

Vietnam Starts 120-Megawatt Wind Farm in Central Highlands

March 13, 2015 — 6:44 AM WET

bloomberg_Vietnam began constructing a 120-megawatt wind farm with a total investment of 6 trillion dong ($281 million) in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak.

HBRE Wind Power Solution Co. will build the project in three phases through 2020, Chairman Ho Ta Tin said on Friday. The Ho Chi Minh City-based company is expected to be able to produce 400 million kilowatt-hour a year, equal to the demand of 200,000 households.

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Why I put 400 condoms in the kitchen drawer for my sons

As a youth worker, Amy Barwise is used to dealing with pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections, but after a week of revelations at home and work she decided safer was better than sorry

The doctor told me that teens are most likely to have sex after school before their parents get home from work. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian

theguardian – An hour before the kids get home from school on Friday, I check the kitchen drawer where I’ve left about 400 condoms for the boys. It’s virtually empty. Clearly it’s been a busy week on the sexual front in my small house. Nothing to do with me and I’ve been in all week, so I know there’s been no action within these four walls.

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Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg: treat primary school teachers like doctors

Finnish education leader Pasi Sahlberg discusses what works and what doesn’t in education. pasisahlberg.com

The Finnish education system is one of the best performing and most equitable in the OECD.

theconversation – With Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s promise to make Australia one of the best five performing countries for education in the world, what can we learn from the Scandinavians?

One answer might be more simple than we think: elevate teachers to the same social and professional status we hold doctors and other people with whom we trust with vital aspects of our health and well-being.

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CSIS: AMTI Brief – Evaluating the Asia-Pacific Rebalance – Feb 4, 2016

AMTI Brief – Evaluating the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

Evaluating the Asia-Pacific Rebalance

The Center for Strategic and International Studies last month completed an independent review of the defense portion of the Obama administration’s rebalance to the Asia Pacific. This review, which includes an evaluation of the rebalance’s implementation and resourcing as well as recommendations for its improvement, was mandated by the U.S. Congress under the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

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Vietnamese consumers looking for innovations even in basic items: Nielsen

By Ngan Anh, Thanh Nien News

Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) growth in Vietnam’s six major cities took a dip in the first quarter of this year, presenting challenges for manufacturers, according to a report released Wednesday by Nielsen.

The growth was 3.6 percent compared to 5.7 percent in the previous quarter. Beverage continued to contribute the most to total FMCG sales with 39 percent in the quarter.

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The internet is… saved??!!

Dear Avaaz movement,

For 7 years we’ve fought corporate giants to save the internet, and it’s looking like WE’VE WON!!!!!

First in the US, then Brazil, India and now here’s what the top French official (and key swing vote) told us last week before he announced the EU law safeguarding the internet for half a billion people:

Sebastien Soriano
“I must confess that some of these tweets and messages that I received made me emotional… people asking me to “Save the Internet” and “Stop corporate capture…” I really wanted to respond to them.”
— Sebastien Soriano, Head of French Internet Regulator ARCEP

Officials announcing the law showed charts of unprecedented numbers of public comments – up to 640 per minute, the overwhelming majority from Avaaz!

Corporations wanted a fast internet for the mega-rich, and a slow one for the rest of us. We fought for the principle of “net neutrality” – equal internet for all!

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Global Peace Index 2016: There are now only 10 countries in the world that are actually free from conflict

Independent – We are now further away from world peace than at any time in the past 10 years – and it’s creating a global ‘peace inequality’ gap

A snapshot of the Global Peace Index 2016

The world is becoming a more dangerous place and there are now just 10 countries which can be considered completely free from conflict, according to authors of the 10th annual Global Peace Index.

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Climate Changes May Eradicate 50 Years Of World Health Progress (In Depth)

June 24th, 2015 by

Cleantecnica.com – “Recent decades have witnessed dramatic progress in global health,” says the US Agency for International Development. Smallpox has been eradicated within the past half century. In all but three countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan), polio has been wiped out. Use of modern methods of contraception has increased from 10% in 1965 to more than 50% in 2013. Child deaths from diarrhea have been cut in half since 1990. Malaria deaths have fallen by more than a quarter globally since 2000. Only half as many mothers died in live childbirth in 2010, compared to 20 years earlier. Unheard of 50 years ago, HIV/AIDS has now transited from certain death to a chronic ailment.

Developed and developing photo, from Costello et al, 2009 (thelancet.com/journals/lancet/)But climate change could quickly wipe out the past 50 years of world health progress.

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CSIS – Southeast Asia from Scott Circle – September 1, 2016

Cementing a New Normal in U.S.-Myanmar Relations

By Murray Hiebert (@MurrayHiebert1), Senior Adviser and Deputy Director, and Phuong Nguyen (@PNguyen_DC), Associate Fellow, Southeast Asia Program (@SoutheastAsiaDC), CSIS

September 1, 2016Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to the United States on September 13-14 as state counselor and de facto leader of Myanmar will be one of the highlights in U.S.-Myanmar relations since the two countries normalized diplomatic ties in 2012, after the military began political reforms. Now that a democratically elected government has taken office, the next five years will allow the two countries to lay the foundation for a new chapter in their bilateral relations.

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