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Alumni Legacy: Emily strengthens ASEAN-Australian relations through grassroots projects

Our Alumni Coordinator Danielle Stephenson interviewed Emily Heng Zhi Qin (Em), 5th Year Global Studies and Law student at Monash University and 2019 #AAYLF delegate about her latest projects and how she’s working towards strengthening ASEAN-Australian relations. Danielle: Tell us a bit about yourself. Em: My name is Emily Heng Zhi Qin, or you can …

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What does it take to run a major event in Myanmar?

Our Chief Operating Officer Cameron Allan interviewed Khin Phyu Syn Kyi , Public Relations Officer of the first Model ASEAN Meeting Myanmar and 2019 #AAYLF delegate about the success of her latest projects and her advice for young people in the region.   Cameron: Tell us a bit about yourself. K: My name’s Khin Phyu Syn Kyi or K for …

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45 Years of ASEAN-Australia Relations: the Contributions to ASEAN Community Building

By Lim Chhay, student of International Relations, Department of International Studies at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. ASEAN and Australian Leaders at the Special Summit in 2018 Being a Southeast Asia regionalism-promoting organization, ASEAN has expanded its role and worked hard to maintain regional peace and stability by not only internally strengthening the cooperation, …

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They left and returned for a reason: Thoughts on Vietnamese-Australian Diasporas reconnecting with their roots

AAYLF delegate from Vietnam Nguyễn Minh Tiến (Tony) shares his insights about the key challenges in preserving and celebrating Vietnamese culture and identity within the Australian diaspora community.  “When mentioning the [Vietnam] war, a million people feel happy but another million feel miserable.” This saying of the former Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam …

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Gender inequality is exacerbated in the face of unprecedented change

AAYLF delegate from Australia Elise Giles explores the tragic prevalence of gender inequality, particularly in post-disaster and crisis situations. More than ever, our region is facing unprecedented changes ranging from natural disasters, to the climate crisis and geopolitical instability. Recent predictions indicate that by 2050 much of Ho Chi Minh City in Viet Nam could all but …

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Atonement for Environmental Sins: A Market-Based Solution for ASEAN-Australia Carbon Problem

AAYLF delegate from Malaysia Paul Lim Pau Hua explores the implications for climate change for ASEAN countries and calls for urgent regional cooperation on environmental issues. In December of 2015, a total of 195 countries converged unanimously to sign the Paris Agreement, ASEAN member states also pledged their commitment to reducing emissions by 2030 under …

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Interfaith Dialogue and Counter-terrorism in ASEAN

AAYLF delegate from Australia Joshua Saunders examines the role that interfaith dialogues hold in addressing counter-terrorism challenges in the ASEAN region. October saw the escape of approximately 800 Islamic State-linked detainees in Syria, with at least 50 of these being radicalized Indonesians [1]. The threat of these ISIS militants and their families returning home looms over …

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ASEAN-Australia Partnership on Sustainable Development

AAYLF delegate from Thailand Prued Wahachart explores the opportunities and areas of focus for sustainable development of the ASEAN-Australia region. Born out of immediate necessity, the ASEAN-Australia partnership has long evolved around the political domain, ever since the two became formal dialogue partners in 1974. But as the regional paradigm shifts from war-time political anxiety towards …

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Single-use Plastics in the ASEAN Region: Changing perceptions of ‘normal’ plastic use

AAYLF delegate from Australia Fraser Lawrence discusses the issue of plastic pollution in the ASEAN region and challenges us all to take action to reduce single-use plastics. As a region with incredibly rich ecological biodiversity and reliance on marine environments, ASEAN is significantly touched by the issue of plastic pollution. Attitudes towards single-use plastics across the …

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