In 2017, the world’s press mostly focused on Donald Trump’s presidency in the US; China’s rise; and a number of global crises. 2017 also witnessed several other major humanitarian crises which, given the scale of the human suffering involved, were underreported by the world’s press.
There are four maritime powers in the Indian Ocean Basin and the Pacific Ocean: the US, China, India and Japan. All four have powerful blue water navies and have contributed to peace and security in the region.
As ASEAN and its dialogue partners gather in the Philippines for their annual political and security gab-fest, the East Asian Summit, there is a grudging but growing recognition that US policy regarding the South China Sea imbroglio has failed.
North Korea’s threats to use its missiles and nuclear weapons demands a solution. The narrative is that China holds the key. But China has done little. It can and should do much more. This account is partly true, partly exaggerated, and partly false.
Cameroon has experienced a violent escalation in its Anglophone crisis. The voices of protestors, which initially focused on calling for the restoration of federalism, are now increasingly dominated by calls for secession and the establishment of an independent Anglophone Republic of Ambazonia.
Australia and New Zealand may hold potential to offer an alternative pathway to realpolitik in international relations (like the current Sino-US geopolitical rivalry) — a model of global governance which valorizes democracy, but free from the intention to establish hegemony.
Rohingya militants launched raids on Rakhine law enforcement outposts on August 25, 2017 and killed 12 law enforcers. The response led by the Myanmarese military triggered off a massive exodus of refugees, including women and children, from Rohingya villages into nearby Bangladesh.
While more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have been reported to have escaped from Myanmar, the Rohingya issue remains complicated and long-standing, with multiple factors — historical, ethnic, religious, and political — intertwined.