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  • Quick take: Pakistan, which “can’t afford not to engage,” will likely be the only country in the region to recognize Afghanistan’s new Taliban government in the near term. The Taliban’s professed openness to a more inclusive government has been...
  • Plastic waste crisis is impacting more people today than climate change, Asia-based advocate says   Quick take: With only 10 percent of plastic waste currently being recycled, an estimated two billion people are impacted each day by...
  • Speakers at the recent World Conservation Congress in France highlight cooperative efforts Quick take: With the Pacific Islands at the forefront of global climate impacts, speakers highlighted partnerships in the region designed to share resiliency...
  • Speakers call for greater emphasis on traditional knowledge Quick take: Panelists in a recent East-West Center online forum spoke about the need to apply knowledge amassed by Indigenous people over thousands of years to addressing climate change...
  • Quick take:     In a recent webinar, journalists who cover long-simmering enmities between neighboring countries discussed facing political pressure, entrenched attitudes of ethnic and religious animosity, lack of access to sources,...
  • Scholars urge a “revolution in human nature” while we still have a chance Quick take: If current approaches continue, humanity may reach an “ethical singularity,” when the window of opportunity to make ethically informed “course changes” in the...
  • A new report explores why millions of stateless people across Southeast Asia lack legal citizenship or identity Quick take: While some of Southeast Asia’s many stateless individuals are refugees or migrants, most are minorities in the countries of...
  • Leaders identify pandemic recovery, climate change, sustainable development as top priorities HONOLULU (June 13, 2021) – The leaders of 11 nations and territories across the Pacific have issued a group communiqué  following a two-day online...
  • Exploring the far-reaching impacts of ‘out of control’ dam construction along Southeast Asia’s lifeline A Cambodian man sits where his home used to be, before it was bulldozed to make way for the Sesan 2 dam in the Mekong basin. Photo: Jason...
  •   HONOLULU (May 26, 2021) -- For Pacific writers Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, art and activism are inseparable. But while creative expression can be an act of resistance in itself, both authors also see it as a powerful means of...
  •  Experts Weigh In on Emerging International Policy Issues Facing the Arctic Region An Inuit man gives his sled dogs a rest while looking over newly melted sea ice exposing the Arctic ocean. Photo: Justin Lewis/Getty Images HONOLULU (May 6, 2021...
  • Quick take: Attacks against Asian Americans have been on the rise during the pandemic and may increase further as the country reopens. With close attention to the issue in the Biden administration and Congress, US Rep. Ted Lieu said the community...
  • By Jason Hung  Quick take: The Philippines, like many other developing countries, has few choices other than China for access to COVID-19 vaccines as wealthier nations scoop up supplies of more advanced Western vaccines. But this may come with...
  • By Denny Roy  EWC Senior Fellow  Many commentaries discuss a resurgent ideological struggle between China and the United States. Ideology plays a role in the current downturn in US-China relations, but it is easy to oversimplify or...
  • By Marcus Noland WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 9, 2020) -- After four years of “America First,” the incoming Biden administration faces a formidable task in reviving US economic diplomacy to address national and global challenges. But fortunately for...
  • FSM President warns that Micronesian countries may leave Pacific Islands Forum if passed over again for Secretary-General appointment Speaking at the inaugural EWC Insights featuring Pacific Leaders event on 13 October, the President of the...
  • By James H. Spencer, David Marasco, and Michelle Eichinger  HONOLULU (25 September 2020)—Most newly emerging infectious diseases in human populations originate from livestock or wild animals. When infected animals encounter susceptible human...
  • By Marcus Noland WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 25, 2020) -- On September 24, the South Korean government announced that a government official had been killed by North Korean forces near the maritime border between the two countries, his body burned and...
  • By Laura Brewington HONOLULU (18 September 2020)—Resilient and healthy ecosystems help prevent wildfires, flooding, and other natural disasters. As the COVID-19 crisis illustrates, the unsafe exploitation of the natural environment can also...
  • By Wendy B. Miles (HONOLULU) 11 September 2020—Indonesia’s massive peatland fires have exposed millions of people in Southeast Asia to toxic haze and have made the nation one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases. In response to these...

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