Putting U.S.-Philippine Military Partnership at Risk

By Priscilla A. Tacujan Philippine prosecutors charged Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton on December 15 with murder in the killing of a Filipino transgender, Jennifer Laude. Pemberton was stationed in the Philippines for a joint Philippine-U.S. military exercise when this…

By The Numbers: Aid in the Pacific

$960 million The amount allocated in Australia’s 2014-15 budget for aid to Pacific Island countries in U.S. dollars. This represents around 20 percent of Australia’s overall aid budget and makes it the single largest donor in the region, accounting for…

A Better Abacus for China

By Daniel Rosen & Beibei Bao Beijing is entering a critical one month period of announcements about its gross domestic product (GDP) – the broadest measure of its economic size – and GDP growth that will partly re-frame our understanding…

Revisiting U.S. military Ties with Myanmar

By Phuong Nguyen The National Defense Authorization Act for 2015 recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives includes a few provisions allowing slightly expanded U.S. military engagement with Myanmar. In addition to supporting the Department of Defense’s continued consultations…

The Leaderboard: Agung Laksono

Who is he? Agung Laksono is a longtime Indonesian politician who currently heads a splinter faction of Golkar, Indonesia’s oldest and second largest political party. He was until recently the party’s deputy chairman and has had extensive legislative and leadership…

The Value of Ship Rider Agreements in the Pacific

By James Hurndell In early December the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which includes Pacific Island nations and major distant-water fishing nations, failed to agree on new measures to conserve Pacific tuna stocks. The inability to achieve consensus…

The Leaderboard: David O’Sullivan

Who is he? David O’Sullivan was previously the Chief Operating Officer for the European External Action Service (EEAS), the European Union’s diplomatic wing that was launched on January 1, 2011. He is the first person to serve in that post.…