T.notes

T.wai's T.notes are 2-page texts that address the major issues of international debate at the global and regional level, building a broad involvement in the high levels of politics and experts of the major teams of research centers at the international level.

Southeast Asia’s democratic backsliding and China’s authoritarian appeal
T.note n.100

Apr 28, 2021 T.notes Andrea Chloe Wong Asia Prospects

China’s model of prosperity without democracy is becoming more appealing in Southeast Asia.

Transformation of Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the Philippines
T.note n. 99 - RISE series #27

Apr 1, 2021 T.notes Arianne Dumayas Asia Prospects

The Philippines is one of the many countries in Southeast Asia that have extensively pursued economic zone development. These zones have continuously evolved over time, with significant consequences.

Why not sourcing gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas is not responsible sourcing, and what to do about it
T.note n. 98 - EC series #5

Apr 1, 2021 T.notes Fabiana Di Lorenzo, Adam Rolfe Violence & Security

Choosing to stop sourcing gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRAs) may be the easy option for refiners seeking to de-risk their supply chains, but it is not the responsible option.

‘Developmental means for strategic ends’: Japan’s infrastructure diplomacy in Myanmar and the wider Southeast Asia
T.note n.97

Mar 22, 2021 T.notes Giulia Garbagni Asia Prospects

The Special Economic Zone of Thilawa epitomizes the essence of Japan’s new ‘infrastructural means for strategic ends’ approach to ODA policy, inaugurated by Abe.

The end of Myanmar’s semi-democratic experiment? Not yet. Making sense of 1st February
T.note n.96

Mar 12, 2021 T.notes Stefano Ruzza Violence & Security

The Tatmadaw may still be satisfied enough with the semi-democratic regime it created and may want to return to it at some point – just after securing a suitable Commander-in-Chief and fixing some issues it is not entirely happy about.

The myth of ‘ungoverned space’ – Some implications for exogenous state-building and human security
T.note n. 95 - HS series #17

Dec 21, 2020 T.notes Mats Berdal Violence & Security

A functioning and inclusive political settlement rather than institutional capacity narrowly conceived is necessary for building legitimacy across society for any new ‘post-conflict’ dispensation.

Ebola at the frontier: a new dimension of human security threat on the Uganda-DRC border
T.note n. 94 - HS series #16

Dec 16, 2020 T.notes Jerome Ntege Violence & Security

Ebola created mental barriers between contaminated and ‘clean’ regions that raised national security concerns. These barriers stripped people of their identity – they became viruses themselves – and of their social ties, keeping families and communities apart.

Peacebuilding: who needs a model?
T.note n. 93 - EC series #4

Nov 27, 2020 T.notes Élise Féron Violence & Security

Behind well-established and fixed peacebuilding ‘models’ there always lies the danger of normativity and of a lack of flexibility. Rather than a model, it seems much more promising to foreground a frame within which to design more reflexive, adaptative and respectful peacebuilding strategies.

Good governance and strong institutions beyond the state: the Salween Peace Park in Myanmar
T.note n.92 - HS series #15

Nov 17, 2020 T.notes David Brenner Violence & Security

State-centric frameworks are problematic in building strong and just institutions in war-torn societies.

Cities in a Crisis: COVID-19 and Climate-Fragility Risks in urban environments
T.note n.91 - EC series #3

Nov 6, 2020 T.notes Susanne Wolfmaier Violence & Security

Building back better requires integrated approaches that address the impacts of COVID-19 across sectors, including health, environment, climate and urban planning.

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