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U.S.-ASEAN Law Series


Forced Labor and Child Trafficking in India’s Garment Sector

September 20, 2017

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The International Labour Organization (ILO) reports that 168 million children worldwide are considered child laborers. This means that almost 11 percent of the world’s children are working, which interferes with their ability to get an education, and jeopardizes their safety and their ability to experience childhood. The largest number of laborers… Read more

Ship off of Straits of Malacca 

South China Sea Dispute Undermines Maritime Security in Southeast Asia

August 23, 2017

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Regional security in Southeast Asia, to a large extent, means maritime security. All but one of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states are coastal states; two of these are the world’s largest archipelagic nations. The joint communiqué of the recent 50th ASEAN foreign ministers’ meeting in Manila, Philippines, highlighte… Read more


Time for ASEAN, and its Partners, to Get Regulatory

August 9, 2017

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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) turned 50 yesterday, August 8, which should be cause for celebration. But is 50 an energized mid-life birthday, or is it an ominous marker of faltering health for ASEAN? The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) turned 50 yesterday on August 8. Photo Conor Ashleigh As in all things multila… Read more

Myanmar elections 

Toward a Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security in Asia

July 12, 2017

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On a recent trip to Myanmar, I met with a former parliamentarian from Yangon to discuss women’s political participation in the country. When she served from 2010 to 2015, women members of Parliament constituted 5.9 percent of all elected MPs in the Union Parliament, the lowest in Asia.  The 2015 general elections have changed that si… Read more