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Successful diplomacy is always personal
In reflecting on a 34-year career in the foreign service, former ambassador Sue Boyd concludes the key ingredient to success is “tradecraft” – and especially the ability to establish and maintain good personal relationships.
Sexual violence, conflict and COVID-19: An invisible pandemic
The marking of the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict is a reminder of a pervasive threat to communities caught up in the many small wars and internal conflicts that plague the world. As Vincent Ochilet writes, it is a problem that besets many of our near neighbours in the Pacific and Asia.
The feminist renaissance in South Korea
Despite the Eurocentric origin story of feminism, early twentieth century Korea boasted one of the most vibrant and radical feminist movements in the world. As Associate Professor Ruth Barraclough writes, today South Korea’s feminist renaissance is an instruction to other nations about how to repivot narratives of female emancipation.
Changing the trope of female political leadership in Asia
Of the thirteen women who have headed their government or state in Asia, only one has no traceable connection to a notable political dynasty. While female leadership is progressive on the surface, Grace Underhill argues Asian countries must make significant strides to reap the manifold benefits of female-led societies.