The NLD wins the Myanmar elections

Written by Marie Lall. On Sunday 8th November 2015 Myanmar went to the polls. More than 90 parties contested seats for the two houses of parliament as well as the 14 state and regional assemblies.  Despite the large number of parties, all eyes were on the opposition NLD and the regime USDP. The official declaration …

Disaster, Development and Urban Risk: a comment on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction   

By Pauline Eadie The World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai, Japan from 14-18 March 2015. The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) organized the conference. The objective of the conference was to facilitate a post-2015 framework for disaster relief. The result of the WCDRR was the non-binding Sendai …

Postgraduate MA Travel Bursaries

IAPS Tomlinson Scholarships for MA Students Number available: 2 Value of award: £800 The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies encourages and co-ordinates research activities relating to the Asia and Pacific region at the University of Nottingham. In line with its aim, IAPS is pleased to announce a competition for two postgraduate travel bursaries of …

Typhoon Yolanda: One Year Later

By Pauline Eadie Nearly a year ago, on 8 November 2013 super-typhoon Yolanda hit the Visayan region of the Philippines. Winds reached up to 200 mph with a ‘storm surge’ of over 17 feet. The storm surge was actually the height of a tsunami and the damage was catastrophic. The latest available official figures show that 6,293 individuals …

China and the spectre of water wars in Southeast Asia

Written by Pichamon Yeophantong. In late 2013, controversy over China’s dams on the upper stretches of the Mekong River—otherwise known as the Lancang Jiang—flared up once again. Disbelief quickly spread among the communities of the Lower Mekong Basin when an acute peak in water levels during December resulted in massive flooding in parts of northern …