Asia/Pacific (students)

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Indonesian Nationalism and Postcolonial Colonialism: Enduring Legacies for Papua

Postcolonial colonialism has been perpetrated by the Indonesian State, its ruling apparatus and other domestic and foreign stakeholders in the disputed province of Papua.

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Japan: The ‘Normal’ Pacifist

Tokyo’s pacifism is best understood not as a capitulating monolithic anomaly, but as one enduring component of a multifaceted and eclectic strategic calculus.

Is the Developmental State Model Useful When Reviewing Pacific-Asia?

Is the Developmental State Model Useful When Reviewing Pacific-Asia?

Although the Developmental State Model is often used to understand Pacific-Asia’s post-Korean War economic take-off, it is insufficient at explaining Japan’s development.

The Evolution of Russian Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy

The Evolution of Russian Organised Crime and the Challenge to Democracy

The growth of Russian organised crime poses a huge threat to the development of democracy in the Russian state and other transitioning states around the globe.

Rethinking North Korea: Path toward Denuclearization and Stability in East Asia

Rethinking North Korea: Path toward Denuclearization and Stability in East Asia

If the United States wants to see a change in North Korea behavior, the United States should pursue economic and diplomatic engagement to build an environment of trust.

Gender Equality: What Benefits Would a Flextime System Bring to Japan?

Gender Equality: What Benefits Would a Flextime System Bring to Japan?

The Japanese government should enact a law that requires all companies to allow their employees flextime in order to benefit Japanese society.

The Murder of Farkhunda Malikzada – Identity Challenges in Afghanistan

The Murder of Farkhunda Malikzada – Identity Challenges in Afghanistan

The public lynching of Farkhunda Malikzada demonstrated more than ‘Radical Islam’ but also the challenges to identity in post-Taliban Afghanistan.

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-Nationalism in the Foreign Policy of the Putin/Medvedev Regime

Neo-nationalist rhetoric & symbolism, especially of Russia as a great power (Velikaya Derzhava), is central to the foreign policy strategy of the Putin/Medvedev regime.

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

Theory-Practice Interplay of Conflict Resolution: The 2008 Russo-Georgian War

The Medvedev-Sarkozy plan failed to establish a lasting peace due to its deterministic nature. A constructivist approach might help change the attitudes of rival parties.

The State of Exception

The State of Exception

The ‘State of Exception’ is a reaction to threats against government and society, but this ‘state’ is also a threat to minorities, as seen in France and Pakistan.

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Why Have Iran and North Korea Had Different Nuclear Postures to Sanctions?

The alternative cultures and regime types of Iran and North Korea are the main reasons behind the disparate responses to economic sanctions in the 2010s.

A 106-year-old Armenian woman sits in front of her home guarding it with a rifle, in the village of Degh, near the border of Azerbaijan. 1990.

Reconciling Gender in Post-Conflict Societies: Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone

The policy of forcing women to pick between the role of ‘victim’ or ‘soldier’ has denied justice, agency, and rehabilitation to women in post-conflict societies.

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