Category: Asia-Pacific

Living On the Edge: Women and Climate Change in Bangladesh Part 1

This is the first instalment of a three-part report on the state of women in agriculture on Bangladesh’s southern coast in November/December 2010. In Part 1, Finlay covers the first village he encountered, Chakbara, where Bangladeshi woman, Monowara, describes life as a tiger widow.

Why can’t we be friends? Antagonism in the Asia-Pacific Part 3: Japan

Part three of Scott Musgrave’s East Asia series focuses on Japan. In this article we delve deeper into the bigger issues facing Japan and go beyond the state’s most well known role as a strong US ally and ‘regional balancer’ to explore the revival of the right wing politics in Japan and its broader impact on the domestic and regional political landscape.

Why can’t we be friends? Frustration in the Asia-Pacific Part 2: The Republic of Korea

Part two of Scott Musgrave’s East Asia series focuses on South Korea. Here, the Republic’s views on foreign policy, politics of nationalism and geopolitics are explored. It is found that patterns between the perception of threat, US engagement and domestic unrest and how they correlate to when nationalist sentiments are at their loudest. It is shown that domestic political ambition plays a very important role in the diplomatic relationship with Japan.

The Problems With the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

Peter Ramage discusses the problems with the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) – a free trade agreement between New Zealand, Australia and 10 other Asia-Pacific countries including the USA. A TPPA would be an agreement that guarantees rights for foreign investors & would restrict a nations sovereignty and regulate what policies and laws the government can make. Peter argues the most concerning fact however, is why for such an important agreement has it been kept so publicly quiet?