Asia/Pacific (students)

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The Myth of Soft Power in Asia

Soft power, unless blended appropriately with hard power, cannot insert influence in international relations and serve as an effective diplomatic tool.

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

An Analysis of U.S. Policy Towards Cambodia Between 1969-1973

Nixon’s policy towards Cambodia was treacherous because of the political implications in Washington and the tragic consequences in Cambodia.

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Australia’s Refugee Challenge

As Australia is obligated to create a peaceful culture by creating policies which include asylum seekers and refugees, its human rights violations cannot continue.

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Assessing the Relationship between Power and Morality in Nonviolent Action

Nonviolent action can simultaneously be pragmatic in its power to achieve the desired goal and principled by being rooted initially in morality.

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

The Shadows of Tiananmen: Chinese Foreign Policy and Human Rights

Since Tiananmen Square 1989, China’s understanding of the significant yet contingent power of human rights discourse has guided much of its foreign policy on the subject.

The Significance of the US War on Terror Policy for the Japan-US Relationship

The Significance of the US War on Terror Policy for the Japan-US Relationship

Japan’s participation in the War on Terror might have played an important role in making the Japan-U.S. relationship a global alliance.

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Domestic Violence as Everyday Terrorism: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan

Seeing bride kidnapping and domestic violence as everyday terrorism unpacks the political nature of so-called “private” phenomena and how they reify patriarchal society.

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Arms Control and Cooperative Security: A Regional Perspective

Cooperative security is a feasible concept in a regional and even a global context, but its success is in varying degrees of progress and is still in ambiguous standing.

Transitional Justice in Cambodia–Too Little Too Late?

Transitional Justice in Cambodia–Too Little Too Late?

Understanding the events and interests that led up to the creation of the ECCC gives insight into the current government’s attempts to achieve legitimacy.

Securing the Energy Supply: China’s “Malacca Dilemma”

Securing the Energy Supply: China’s “Malacca Dilemma”

For China to ensure the future security of its energy supply, it must balance the protection of its critical sea lanes with the seeking of alternative energy sources.

The Contested Image of Māori Cultural Exhibition in Aotearoa New Zealand

The Contested Image of Māori Cultural Exhibition in Aotearoa New Zealand

The presentation of Māori people in New Zealand has changed greatly since their first major appearance in 1851, evolving from curios to cultural treasures.

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Globalization: A Created Mechanism for the Restructuring of Developing States

Globalization tends to work to the detriment of developing states and has been a powerful tool employed by Northern states with a recent proliferation of modern players.

The Role of Civil Society in Shaping India’s Development Partnerships

The Role of Civil Society in Shaping India’s Development Partnerships

Given the potential it has to emerge as a leader in SSDC initiatives, it is important to evaluate the dynamics of cooperation and partnership in the Indian context.

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