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Water Security in Southeast Asia

It is surprising to think that among two of the most developed nations in Southeast Asia, water stands as one of the most contested issues. Yet, between Singapore and Malaysia, water security and control over water resources are more than a question of providing for a population. It is the grounds upon which many of...

When it All Comes Crashing Down: The Future of Hun Sen and Cambodia

In 1985, 33-year-old Hun Sen became the youngest prime minister in the world.  Nearly thirty years later, Prime Minister Sen is now Southeast Asia’s longest serving non-royal leader.  His grip on power, however, is trembling.  A dubious General Election in 2013, a brutally enforced crackdown on protests fueled by opposition parties, and an ensuing ban...

Singapore’s Mid-Life Crisis

In Singapore’s short history as a nation, promises of shopping discounts and giveaways have galvanized the masses more than any political cause ever has.  Singapore, after all, is the island-wonder that has excelled at pursuing the capitalist goals of the West while managing to hold on to its collectivist Asian values.  To this end, a...

The Changing Face of Terrorism: Al-Shabaab and Westgate

On Saturday, September 21st, the upscale Westgate Mall – frequented by expatriates living in Nairobi – was attacked and seized by the Somali-based militant Islamist organization, Al-Shabaab.  Reports suggest the militants entered the mall shouting in Swahili that only Muslims would be allowed to leave, tossing grenades “like maize to chickens” according to one man...