By: Mei Lim, Columnist Photo by: VOA Despite international opprobrium heaped on the Myanmar government for its treatment of the ethnic Rohingya minority in the country’s northern Rakhine state, cycles of violence in the region are likely to continue. The violence in the Rakhine state has largely been carried out by Myanmar’s military – the … Continue reading Cycles of Violence in Myanmar: Is There Anything the International Community Can Do?
Author: Mei Lim
Defeating Digital Discombobulation: Options in Countering Online Disinformation Campaigns
By: Mei Lim, Columnist Photo by: https://www.psychologicalscience.org “Fake news”, “disinformation”, “misinformation”; since the 2016 US presidential elections, these terms have exploded into the public lexicon, bringing awareness to a longstanding problem of online communication: when anyone can publish anything, how do we know anything is true? Focusing on the main types of audiences for disinformation … Continue reading Defeating Digital Discombobulation: Options in Countering Online Disinformation Campaigns
Marawi: Just the Beginning
By: Mei S. Lim, Columnist Photo Credit: Stars and Stripes In May this year, Islamic State (ISIS)-linked militants seized the city of Marawi on the Southern Philippines island of Mindanao. The move, coupled with ISIS’ announcement that militants should set up a wilayah, or province, in Southeast Asia, sparked fears in the region that the … Continue reading Marawi: Just the Beginning
Japan’s “Remilitarization”: More Baby Steps
By: Mei Lim, Columnist Photo Credit: Christian Science Monitor Under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Japan has pushed to increase its defense capabilities. However, progress will remain piecemeal until Japanese society moves away from their extreme pacifist position. Abe, a well-known conservative, faced a mixed response when he became prime minister in end-2012. China and South … Continue reading Japan’s “Remilitarization”: More Baby Steps