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Michael Hart

The Evolving Threat of ISIS in the Philippines

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After a lull, could Islamic State rebound in the Philippines?

Myanmar’s Divided Peace Process: Hope amid Escalating Violence?

Britain has pledged emergency food, drinking water and shelter to help people displaced in Rakhine State in western Burma. In May 2013, Minister for International Development Alan Duncan and Foreign Office Minister for South East Asia Hugo Swire announced a £4.4 million package of humanitarian support for people displaced by violence and facing the additional threats of the rainy season and approaching storms. Britain’s package of emergency assistance will provide: - Nearly 80,000 people with access to safe drinking water and improved sanitation facilities malnourished children aged 0-59 months with treatment for acute malnutrition in rural camps - hygiene kits to nearly 40,000 people Picture: DFID Burma, modified, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rohingya_conflict#/media/File:Emergency_food,_drinking_water_and_shelter_to_help_people_displaced_in_Rakhine_State,_western_Burma._(8288488088).jpg

With ethnic conflicts flaring up and down the country, reinvigorating the nation-level peace process will be challenging – but not impossible.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle of Landmines and Instability in Myanmar

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Renewed violence and a stalling peace process are delaying the start of much-needed mine clearance in Myanmar.

Is India’s Nagaland Peace Process Nearing a Breakthrough?

India Prime Minister Modi, cc Kremlin.ru, modifeid, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/60747

There is hope that a breakthrough might be imminent in one of India’s longest-running ethnic conflicts.

Tensions Flare Over Malaysia’s Disputed Sea Border with Singapore

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A renewed border conflict underlines how bilateral relations have deteriorated since Prime Minister Mahathir came to power last year.

Vietnam’s Struggle to Overcome the Legacy of US Bombs

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Will ‘America First’ bring about a premature end to US financial assistance for cleaning up unexploded ordinance from the Vietnam War?

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

Thai leader Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, cc http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/59119/photos/56587, Kremlin.ru, modified,

Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Myanmar’s Peace Process on Life Support

ASSK, cc Flickr DFID - UK Department for International Development, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Will the once revered Aung San Suu Kyi be able to resuscitate her country’s stalled peace process?

Thailand’s Balancing Act Between the US and China in the Age of Trump

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Bangkok’s historically close security relationship with Washington appears to be firmly back on track.

Is Abu Sayyaf Making a Comeback in the Philippines?

Philippine Army Pfc. Alex Jatass, center, waits to start helicopter insert and extract training with U.S. soldiers on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, April 29, 2014. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Pete Thibodeau , modified, public domain

Do recent attacks from Abu Sayyaf indicate a resurgent campaign, or are they a desperate cry for attention as the once-powerful militant group fades into irrelevance?

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