Tuesday, March 3, 2015
  1. Trashing the ASEAN Brand

    Gareth Evans

    Trashing the ASEAN Brand

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     warns that political backsliding in Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia harms the entire region.

    Buddha trash bag Janne Moren/Flickr

    Three of Southeast Asia's most important states – Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia – are raising serious doubts about their commitment to the rule of law, the integrity of their judicial systems, and the quality of mercy in the administration of justice. Worse, their political backsliding jeopardizes the entire region's prospects. READ MORE

  2. The Migration Opportunity

    Peter Sutherland

    The Migration Opportunity

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     urges the EU to craft a robust plan for accommodating asylum seekers.

    Refugee support rally boy with sign Takver/Flickr

    In the last year, more than 4,000 people have lost their lives attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe. As EU commissioners prepare to debate an immigration strategy, they must overcome the temptation to grasp at knee-jerk solutions and instead develop a robust plan of action both at home and abroad. READ MORE

  3. The Perilous Politics of the Euro

    Andrés Velasco

    The Perilous Politics of the Euro

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     wonders whether the common currency will abort the political union that it was meant to advance.

    Euro currency Kevin Harber/Flickr

    The jury is still out on whether Greece will manage to avoid default, remain in the eurozone, and reverse the brutal contraction of its economy. But any fair panel already would have issued a verdict on the political consequences of the common currency: utter failure. READ MORE

  4. Europe’s Sovereignty Illusion

    Javier Solana

    Europe’s Sovereignty Illusion

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     calls out European leaders who believe that purely national solutions are still possible.

    Column people illusion Tinou Bao/Flickr

    The European Union has taken democratic integration – driven by the free will of its members, rather than military force – to unprecedented levels, securing its place at the forefront of institutional innovation. But today, sentiment in the EU seems to lean toward “conflict," rather than “cooperation." READ MORE

  5. China’s Dual-Track Challenge

    Andrew Sheng, ET AL

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