Gaps in the Protection of Civilian Victims of Armed Violence

Memo #281

By Ramesh Thakur – ramesh.thakur [at]

As demonstrated by recent events in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Libya, and Syria—and earlier in Rwanda, the Balkans and East Timor during the 1990s—the numbers of civilians killed in contemporary armed conflicts is intolerably high. Their plight is a lasting stain on an internationalized human conscience. Our common humanity… Continue reading

NGO Funding and Overhead Costs: Fallacies and Misconceptions

Pacific Prospective features the research of graduate students.

Memo #262

By  Xue-Rong Jia – xue-rong.jia [at]

Almost every international non-governmental organizations (INGO) releases an annual report summarizing its activities and achievements for the year, including a breakdown of its revenues and expenses. For example, last year Save the Children spent 3.8 percent of its… Continue reading

NYU Shanghai and the Future of International Higher Education in China

Memo #261

By Joel Heng Hartse – joelhartse [at]

New York University Shanghai recently completed its first semester of operations. Though NYU Shanghai was recently touted by National Public Radio as the first Sino-U.S. joint university, there are in fact hundreds of approved joint-degree programs and more than thirty jointly run Sino-foreign universities operating in China—and the trend seems to be growing. Other prominent institutions include Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University… Continue reading

Fragmentation vs. Integration in Asia in 2014: A Year for the History Books

Memo #259

By Yves Tiberghien – yves.tiberghien [at]

Dr. Tiberghien at the G-20 in St. Petersburg, Russia (September 2013).

In the wake of major leadership change around East Asia, what will be the major trends in the Asia/Pacific region in 2014? Did the battle over the Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone… Continue reading

Post-Typhoon Haiyan: Challenges and Opportunities for the Philippines (part 2 of 2)

Memo #252

(See Part 1 of this Memo)

By Leonora C. Angeles – nora.angeles [at]

In the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, even as climate justice advocates raise concerns in regional and international arenas, post-disaster reconstruction and long-term recovery challenges confront Philippine local and national governments and civil society. There are some hard-learned lessons by international development agencies and… Continue reading

Why China isn’t Buying Eurozone Bailout Bonds (Yet)

Memo #128 – China has still not committed to invest in the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), the stopgap fund created to tackle the European sovereign debt crisis. Officials have actually stated that China will not use its $3.2 trillion in foreign exchange reserves to rescue other countries. Why is this so? Continue reading


Memo #128 – 中国仍未就投资于欧洲金融稳定基金(EFSF)做出任何承诺。创立这一基金是为了应急解决欧洲主权债务危机问题。官方发言人已表示,中国不会使用3.2万亿美元的外汇储备拯救其他国家,为什么要这样做呢? Continue reading

The G20 Impact on Leaders’ Approval Ratings

Memo #117 – Amid the attention inevitably placed on the Euro-zone crisis at the G20 summit in Cannes, France, there is one aspect of summitry that is often overlooked but is a background motivation for all summiteers, particularly the host. Namely, attempting to use a successful summit to potentially boost approval ratings, often with an upcoming election in mind, by displaying statesmanlike qualities on a global stage. Continue reading

At G20: China a Balancer Between US and EU

Memo #116 – The G20 Summit in Cannes, from November 3 to 4, 2011, is possibly the last chance to prevent the beginning of a serious global financial meltdown. It’s a critical moment of confrontation between different blueprints on the future of global economic governance. Continue reading