Issue 15: The South China Sea

Northwest Vietnam’s Coffee Boom and Food Security

Today, coffee is currently one of the hottest boom crops in Vietnam. Coffee trees were first introduced to Vietnam at the end of the 19th century by French missionaries who established coffee plantations around churches in the provinces of Ha Nam, Quang Binh, and Kon Tum; however, it wasn’t until the early 20th century that coffee started to be grown on a large scale. […]

Issue 14: Myanmar

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her discontents

A strange thing has occurred as Burma’s current political transition rolls on toward its unknown destination: the world’s most beloved human rights icon has turned into an object of widespread opprobrium. Indeed, a glance through […]

Issue 14: Myanmar

The Decline of a Presidency?

Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino had a good run since his election in 2010; he has been one of the most consistently popular presidents since the country’s redemocratization in 1986, but his popularity hit the buffers in 2013. Seemingly struggling with PR missteps and crumbling political capital, Aquino seems to lack the charisma or ‘popular touch’ to deflect mounting criticism. As the public sentiment gradually turns it gives rise to the question: “What kind of disillusionment will set in when the touted messiah of Philippine politics fails to save?”

Issue 14: Myanmar

The 5th Cambodia elections: a turning point for the democratic process

In this the third article from our series ‘Young Academics Voice,’ Vannarith Chheang, from the Cambodian Institute for Cooperation and Peace, investigates the ‘surprise’ of Cambodia’s July 2013 elections. According to Chheang, unlike elections in the past, this one signals a critical turning point in the democratic process. […]

Issue 14: Myanmar

Prioritising social growth for Singapore

The second Young Academic’s Voice article is by Alex Tham. He casts a critical gaze at his home country, Singapore, and sees the threads that bind the country together slowly pulling apart. Singapore’s development hasn’t been met with the same level of social growth and this will not bode well for society if relationships are always measured in just economic terms. […]