Residents of a Manila neighbourhood gather at the scene of the killing of an alleged drug dealer by police.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
To understand Rodrigo Duterte’s rise to power and the public support for killing drug dealers and users, we need to distinguish the empirical from the normative – the 'what is' from 'what should be'.
Twenty countries in our region have laws criminalising sex between consenting males.
Our inward focus on marriage equality means Australia is largely absent from efforts to increase respect for LGBTI people in our region.
India's prime minister won a landslide victory promising to improve his people's lives. There's a very long way to go.
Japan is already in the midst of one delicate constitutional debate – and now it's been confronted with another.
Two of East Asia's biggest powers are still technically at war and deadlocked over contested territories. Now one of them wants to be friends.
EPA/Nyein Chan Naing
For decades the polite fiction in East Asia has been that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has been “in the driving seat” as far as regional diplomacy was concerned. Only the Southeast…
Genes are important in predicting the risk of myopia, but they alone cannot explain the epidemic.
EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo
A landmark ruling against Beijing will not solve one of the world's most worrying territorial disputes.
The decision on China’s activities in the South China Sea is hugely significant for the development of the Law of the Sea.
The decision on China's activities in the South China Sea undoubtedly represents a sweeping victory for the Philippines. It is, however, unenforceable.
Australia’s political leaders were silent on a number of key issues during the election campaign.
The problem confronting political parties is that the people in leadership positions are intellectually and emotionally ill-equipped to grasp the complex transformation in human affairs now under way.
MRI scanners need liquid helium to cool their magnets.
Vast reserves of crucial helium have been found in Tanzania. Here's how the scientists did it.
Obama’s message while in Vietnam and Japan may be twofold.
Beneath the usual pomp and circumstance of Obama's weeklong visit to Asia lies a clear message for aggressors in the region. An East Asia expert from UC Berkeley reads between the lines.
Heading in the opposite direction?
Sino-Japanese rivalry might well come to dominate this year's G7 and G20.
Just when you might have thought the Philippines was on the mend, morbid symptoms of untreated problems re-emerge. It really shouldn’t be this way. It may seem hard to believe in retrospect, but in the…
Modi rallies the troops in Assam.
Four Indian states will soon decide just how strong Narendra Modi's government will be.
The Japanese bid to build Australia’s new fleet of submarines was unsuccessful.
The decision on who would build Australia’s next generation of submarines carried just as much anticipation in Japan as it did in Australia.
On the trail in Quezon City, east of Manila.
EPA/Francis R. Malasig
He's a womaniser, a tyrant and a firebrand. Will the Philippines put its support behind a controversial strongman?
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending.
A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.