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    The territorial conflict in the South China Sea has become one of Asia’s most vulnerable flashpoints and a mystery for those seeking a solution. Kyoto Review of Southeast Asia, in this March issue, proudly presents the case of the South China Sea. We are delighted to have five excellent papers from experts in the field, covering a number of countries involving [...]

Photo Essay— Onward or Return: Asylum Seekers in Indonesia

YAV |Andi Amri

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    The Richest Ecosystems at the Equator are Under Pressure ~   Mangroves are plant formations that shelter coastal areas in tropical and sub-tropical nations and are the richest ecosystems at the equator due to their habitat as ecoton between the marine and terrestrial environments (Macintosh, 1996). For centuries, mangroves and their ecosystems have significantly contributed to the socio-economic development of coastal communities by providing a great number of tangible and intangible benefits. The tangible benefits consist of timber for firewood and construction, as well as non-timber products from the fisheries sector, such as highly-valued fish, crustaceans and mollusks (Soegiarto, 2000). On the intangible side, benefits include coastal protection against wave and current [...]

Mingjiang Li

Nguyen Hung Son

YAV |Jack Chia and Carissa Kang

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    Earlier in March, Seah Kian Peng, a Member of Parliament in Singapore, “expressed shock” at the overwhelming number of foreign faculty members in Singapore’s universities. Seah pointed out the need for more Singaporean academics in “context-sensitive subjects like political science.” In fact, he was flabbergasted that Singaporean faculty members made up the minority (28% of the 25 faculty members) in the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) political science department. However, Seah’s comments came as no surprise to many Singaporean academics and graduate students. 16 Almost exactly a year ago, Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) Eugene Tan, an associate professor of [...]

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