After the ICJ Ruling, What Will the US Do for the Rohingya?

After the ICJ Ruling, What Will the US Do for the Rohingya?

Advertisement The eyes of the international community are on the United States following the Order of 23 January 2020 made by the International Court of Justice regarding the case of The Gambia v. Myanmar in which the Republic of the Union of Myanmar is ordered to protect their ethnic Rohingya minority against genocide. Myanmar’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded declaring that the case, which saw a panel of 17 judges…
As Philippines Lowers Volcano Alert Level, Spotlight Shifts to Return and Recovery

As Philippines Lowers Volcano Alert Level, Spotlight Shifts to Return and Recovery

Advertisement Philippine authorities on Sunday lowered the alert level at Taal volcano, two weeks after it began spewing ash, steam and rocks, a move that will allow many of the more than 376,000 displaced villagers to return home. A popular tourist destination just south of Manila because of its picturesque setting in the middle of a lake, Taal erupted on January 12. It caused no known deaths but delivered an…
What Would Ending the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement Actually Do?

What Would Ending the US-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement Actually Do?

Advertisement Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte issued a threat to cancel the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States, the latest of a series of threats regarding the alliance Duterte has made since taking office in 2016. While specifics are still unclear as to if and when this termination will actually play out in practice, it is nonetheless worth considering what its nixing would actually mean for the…
Adding Myanmar to the Trump Travel Ban Would Be a Mistake

Adding Myanmar to the Trump Travel Ban Would Be a Mistake

Advertisement U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce the addition of new countries to the controversial U.S. travel ban in the coming week. Trump, whose original ban included countries such as Iran, Libya, and North Korea, is reportedly considering adding Myanmar (along with Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Eritrea, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania) to the list. Exact details of the policy – including whether the ban will apply to all citizens from those…
How Is Singapore Preparing for Climate Change?

How Is Singapore Preparing for Climate Change?

Advertisement Singapore is preparing its defenses for war, but not for a military conflict.  “These are life and death matters,” proclaimed Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in August 2019 during his annual National Day Rally speech. Climate threats, he said, should be treated with “utmost seriousness” and “like we treat the Singapore Armed Forces.” Such alarm comes due to Singapore’s geography; as the country is especially vulnerable to rising sea…
Duterte Threatens to End US Pact Over Ally’s Visa Issue

Duterte Threatens to End US Pact Over Ally’s Visa Issue

Advertisement The Philippine president has renewed a threat to terminate an accord that allows American forces to train in the country unless Washington restored the visa of a political ally linked to human rights violations. President Rodrigo Duterte said in an expletives-laced speech Thursday night that he would give notice to the U.S. terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement, known by its acronym VFA, if the reported cancellation of the entry…