In Myanmar, Let’s Make a Deal

A member of the Kachin Independence Army in Kachin State; Myanmar (credit: Wotchit).

Myanmar’s Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement has the potential to end decades of conflict, but a political solution will have to wait. Memo #320 By Brandon Miliate – bmiliate [at] Today there is the real possibility that Myanmar’s sixty-year history of ethno-national insurgencies might be coming to an end. After decades of stagnation and intermittent fighting,… 

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The Lost Generation: “Barefoot Doctors” in Post-Reform China

Memo #309 By Jiong Tu – jt457 [at] China’s barefoot doctor system is known for having provided inexpensive and accessible medical care to its large rural population in the 1970s. But the system became bankrupt with the advent of market reforms in the 1980s and many barefoot doctors either became private doctors or gave… 

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Coming Soon: A New Season of Asia Pacific Memos!

Dear Readers, We hope you’ve all enjoyed your summer. With fall upon us, the APM will soon be returning with another season of memos. There will be a slight change in our release schedule. For the coming year we want to focus on procuring and preparing quality memos with less concern about timing, and so… 

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Big Noise, Big Settlement: the Logic of Claims-making in China

Memo #308 By Sophia Woodman – Sophia.Woodman [at] The twenty-fifth anniversary of China’s nationwide democracy movement and its suppression in June 1989 was marked in the mainland by an imposed silence. Revisiting the “verdict” that the demonstrations were a “counterrevolutionary rebellion” does not appear to be on the horizon. But this does not mean…… 

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Are Chinese Citizens becoming more Assertive? Perspectives from the (Limited) Data

Memo #307 By Sophia Woodman – Sophia.Woodman [at] The last decade has seen an explosion of academic and media reporting about protests in China. Chinese citizens’ access to social media makes it harder for the authorities to suppress information about unrest. Even when mainstream media reporting is censored, often the news of an event… 

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Charging Beijing’s Electric Vehicles Policy

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students Memo #306 By Marc McCrum – mbmccrum [at] and Grégoire-François Legault – gregoire.legault [at] According to the World Bank, Beijing’s poor air quality costs $300bn a year in healthcare costs and premature deaths. Of Beijing’s air pollution, over 30% is estimated to be the direct result… 

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Counter-Insurgency in Afghanistan: Whose Violence is it Anyway?

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students Memo #305 By Dur-e-Aden – dur-e-aden [at] While fighting an insurgency, it is important never to harm civilians. Doing so will increase recruitment for insurgent groups and result in fuelling the conflict. This is known as the “population-centric” counter-insurgency doctrine. By this logic, it also follows… Continue reading

Sustainable Tourism Governance in Bulacan Province: Practical Steps towards Collaboration

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students Memo #304 By  Rosa Hsuan-Ju Shih – rosa.hj.shih [at] With eco-tourism and cultural tourism gaining ground in Bulacan Province, Philippines, sustainable development will be a challenge so long as tourism development itself remains a fragmented process without a guiding framework. How best to define “sustainable tourism… Continue reading

The Thai Political Crisis of 2014: Necessary Cultural and Historical Background

Memo #303 By Jim Placzek – james.placzek [at] The key to understanding the current crisis in Thailand is Thai national identity. For decades a government office has been successfully promoting symbols of this identity. The central symbol of that identity is the monarchy. The elite of Thailand, including the military, have been called “the… 

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Suicide Protesters in Eastern Tibet: The Shifting Story of a People’s Tragedy

Memo #302 By Antonio Terrone – a-terrone [at] The recent wave of self-immolations across the Eastern Tibetan regions of the People’s Republic of China continues to leave the world in dismay for both its violence and determination. They also represent a new shift in terms of the demography of protesters in Tibetan society. Among… 

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By Pipe and Rail: Russia in Search of Shorter Routes to Asian Markets

Memo #301 Putin Prioritizes Geo-Economics over Geo-Politics By Mendee Jargalsaikhan – mendee [at] Russia’s largest state-owned oil giants, Transneft and Rosneft, as well as Russian railroad authorities are again eyeing Mongolian routes as the shortest, most efficient, and safest way to Asian markets. Russia’s previous transport options to these markets—through the Russian Far East (RFE),… 

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