Disaster Relief

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…

MH370: Five Concerns

Malaysia Airline Search

By Ernest Z. Bower, Christopher K. Johnson, & Thomas M. Sanderson Four days ago, Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370) disappeared over the South China Sea with 239 people on board en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Nine nations are…

The Leaderboard: Panfilo Lacson

Panfilo Lacson

Who is he? Panfilo “Ping” Lacson was elected to the Philippine Senate in 2001 and served as a legislator for more than a decade, during the administrations of presidents Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, and Benigno Aquino. During his time in…

By the Numbers: Typhoon Bopha

Super typhoon Bopha made landfall December 3 on the Philippines’ southern island of Mindanao. The Category 5 storm, known as Pablo in the Philippines, wrought widespread devastation throughout the island, but hit Mindanao’s two eastern provinces Compostela Valley and Davao…