Asia

Mubarak behind bars: Human rights and justice

August 2011

Human rights standards may not be met in this trial, but the more essential purpose is to prove there's no going back to the days prior to the Tahrir revolution.

We want our money back

July 2011

Angry citizens want their nations’ money back and rightfully so. Banks should be curbed instead of allowed to enthusiastically facilitate the illicit outflow of money by dictators.

Turkey, the Region, and the West after the Elections

Hilal Elver
June 2011

American newspapers lead the new angle of biased critisim on Turkey. Such a shame because Ankara has proven to be an independant regional influence in the Middle East, with its own brand of soft power diplomacy.

The Agrarian Roots of Violent Conflict

Sietze Vellema, Fransisco Lara
June 2011

Conflict in Southern Philippines is caused as much by agrarian economics and politics as ethnic and religious differences.

Conflict or Peace? Ethnic Unrest Intensifies in Burma

June 2011

The breakdown in the ceasefire of the Kachin Independence Organisation (KIO) with the central government represents a major failure in national politics and threatens to escalate to serious humanitarian crisis if not immediately addressed.

Obama offers token troop withdrawals in Afghanistan while maintaining "war on terror” mindset

June 2011

President Obama passed up an opportunity to end the war in Afghanistan and respect the views of the vast majority of the American people.

Understanding the Arab Spring

Salwa Ismail, Shaheer George, Mehdi Lalou, Yao Graham,
June 2011

Middle East scholars join TNI fellows in a unique and fascinating discussion of the context of the democracy uprisings in the Middle East and the way it may shape the region for future generations.

International community must support non‐military solutions in northern Myanmar

TNI
June 2011

Following new eruptions of violence in northern Myanmar, civil society organizations have issued a statement calling for urgent international engagement and dialogue to support non-military solutions. 

Nukes and India

June 2011

Have our rulers decided to place India on the wrong side of history and arrest her social progress? Going by their policy of forcibly promoting nuclear power regardless of its hazards, environmental damage potential, high economic and social costs, and unpopularity, that seems to be the case.

The Emerging Geo-Strategic Landscape in Central Asia

June 2011

Recent developments in Afghanistan suggest the New Great Game is intensifying in Central Asia.