Collection of policy notes addressing the major issues driving international debate at the global level


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.
T.note n. 98 - EC series #5

Why not sourcing gold from conflict-affected and high-risk areas is not responsible sourcing, and what to do about it

Violence & Security T.notes

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.

Apr 1, 2021
T.note n.97

‘Developmental means for strategic ends’: Japan’s infrastructure diplomacy in Myanmar and the wider Southeast Asia

Asia Prospects T.notes

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.

Mar 22, 2021
T.note n.96

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

Asia Prospects Violence & Security T.notes

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.

Mar 12, 2021
T.note n. 95 - HS series #17

The myth of ‘ungoverned space’ – Some implications for exogenous state-building and human security

Violence & Security T.notes

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.

Dec 21, 2020
T.note n. 94 - HS series #16

Ebola at the frontier: a new dimension of human security threat on the Uganda-DRC border

Violence & Security T.notes

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.

Dec 16, 2020
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