“A Legacy for the People:” The Columbia Basin Trust as Model for the Angat River Basin?

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Read the first part of this memo HERE.

Memo #287

By Brett Dimond – brett.dimond [at] gmail.com

The issue of centralized control over water resources has not always been confined to developing countries. In 1964, Canada and the United States ratified the Columbia River Treaty… Continue reading

At the Frontier of the Middle Income Trap: Remarkable Parallels between India’s and Indonesia’s Elections

Memo #274

By  Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at] ubc.ca

India and Indonesia are both facing crucial elections this year: May for India and July for Indonesia (April for parliament). Although contexts are different and their ties are rarely explored, they face remarkably similar economic issues. Both are seen as successful emerging powers of the 2000s and powerful members of the G20. Yet, in both cases, the public… Continue reading

Downton Abbeystan: Why Central Asia is like Twentieth Century Upper Class England

British TV series Downton Abbey follows the Earl and Countess of Grantham in early twentieth century England as they endeavour to save the immense family estate. Viewers have been enthralled by this fictitious upper class English family’s efforts to make successful marriages for their daughters to ensure the estate remains in the family’s hands—at the time, daughters could not inherit titles and the properties that went with them. Continue reading

Reform in Malaysian Party Politics: Reasons for Slow Change in UMNO

Trying to reform a dominant political party by changing the status quo can precipitate conflict and instability, particularly if conservatism has become ingrained in its political practices. One such dominant party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), has been beleaguered by vociferous calls for reform since its uncharacteristically mediocre performance in Malaysia’s general elections of March 2008. As the commanding group in the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has ruled Malaysia continuously since 1957, the UMNO has not been confronted with any serious challenge to its uninterrupted hold on power, particularly during the twenty-two-year rule of political strongman Mahathir Mohamad (1981-2003). Continue reading

Asia Pacific Policy Studies (Special Edition)

Memo #124 – Our Master of Arts Asia Pacific Policy Studies (MAAPPS) is a boutique program offering training focused on the Asia Pacific to prepare graduates for professional careers in policy-analysis and policy-making. MAAPPS gives you the opportunity to focus on topics ranging from international relations and Asia’s place in the world, to human security and human rights, governance, international development and more. MAAPPS is an innovative and flexible program that can be tailored to suit you and your goals. Continue reading