by Christopher Magana
Last month, Foreign Affairs published an essay by Michael Knights, Kenneth Pollack, and Barbara F. Walter–a renowned scholar, expert on civil wars, and UC San Diego professor–that calls for the United States to continue supporting the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen. Walter and her co-authors argue that this conflict will be resolved with either one side winning a decisive victory or a negotiated settlement, the latter being how most intrastate wars in the Middle East and elsewhere have ended. Therefore, if we truly want to alleviate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, the authors argue that the United States must continue to support Saudi Arabia and the Gulf coalition so they can force the Houthis and their Iranian backers to the negotiating table. Once there, the United States can pressure the two sides to accept a reasonable peace plan.
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by Troy Tuquero
The 2019 Midterm Elections in the Philippines proved to be a victory for President Rodrigo Duterte and his ruling coalition, PDP-Laban. Supporters of the President claimed victory over nine of the 12 Senate seats that were up for grabs, signaling the beginning of a newly emboldened presidency. The first half of the President’s term had been marked by opposition from a small group of Senators, who had successfully blocked certain portions of the President’s agenda. The midterm winners who will be replacing some of these opposition Senators are controversial figures. They include national police chief and proponent of Duterte’s drug war Ronald dela Rosa and Imee Marcos, daughter of the late Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos who embezzled billions of dollars during his rule. Critics of Duterte have condemned the President for supporting candidates with personal or family ties to corruption and for prioritizing personal loyalty over candidate qualifications.
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by Mekalyn Rose
Editor in Chief
A few years ago, I found myself in the middle of the Mekong River headed for the remote village of Ban Pak Nguey in Northern Laos. For seven hours, I meandered on a long wooden boat decked with chairs from old minivans, slipping deeper into a rugged landscape softened by silky waters and the envelopment of a milky red smog—the byproduct of slashing and burning the fields that time of year. Meanwhile, fishermen in long canoes with hand-held motors propelled effortlessly past our slow-moving mass.
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