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Political Security

Refugees in Southeast Asia: Avenues for Action in ASEAN and Australia

Beneath the glitzy, modern towers of central Jakarta, with the sun reflecting its heat upon the ground, a handful of tents are perched on the side of the road, right next to the UNHCR building in Kebon Sirih. These tents however are not temporary; these have been the permanent homes for many refugees stranded in …

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Endgame: Why YOUth should engage in the migration debate

As world leaders struggle to keep their heads above the shifting sands of global migration, the youth must rise up to one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Migration is a complex, highly-politicized topic that runs circles around most modern governments. Whilst most migrants are believed to be in pursuit of economic opportunities, …

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Dying for Democracy? Over 500 election workers die during Indonesia election

Alexandra Smith is a Third Year Law and Asian studies student at the Australian National University, currently on exchange in South Korea. Over 500 election workers have died and 2,000 more have suffered from fatigue-related illnesses following this year’s Indonesian general election on 17 April. The election, described as the world’s most complicated single-day election, …

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Regulating fake news: The urgency, challenges, and role of the individual

The why, what and how of internet regulations in Southeast Asia and Australia. By: Andrea Chan  “Eye of gold. Thigh of blue. True is false. Who is who?” So begins a stanza in Masquerade, one of the songs in The Phantom of the Opera musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as the guests waltz around the …

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