March 27, 2015
What’s the implication of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addressing the US Congress? Why is ISIS recruiting in Asia? And what exactly is Thai democracy? These stories and more are on the March 27th edition of Asia News Weekly.
Abe may address US Congress (1:06)
It’s no secret that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Liberal Democratic Party’s views on history have complicated relations in East Asia. In fact, despite the foreign ministers of the three nations meeting, the heads of state have yet to do so. Now, Abe is poised to address a joint session of the US Congress. Piin-Fen Kok, director of the China, East Asia and United States program at the EastWest Institute joins the podcast to discuss the possible ramifications.
Why is ISIS recruiting in Asia? (11:05)
The Islamic State is a cancer thrust upon the earth. In addition to attacks in the Middle East, the terrorist organization continues to reach out in attempts to recruit new members. Why is the terrorist organization setting its recruitment sights on Asia? Peter Chalk, Senior Political Scientist with the RAND Corporation discusses.
What’s Thai democracy? (18:34)
This past week, Thailand’s Prime Minister, Prayuth Chan-o-cha announced that while the country was moving towards democracy, it wouldn’t be like democracy like in the West. To get handle on what’s happening in the kingdom and where it may be headed, Joshua Kurlantzick, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations joins the podcast.
State sponsored cyber attacks (24:31)
We know the story. Last year, Sony pictures was hacked by the Guardians of Peace. Many say that North Korea was ultimately behind the attack, others disagree. Then in December of 2014, North Korea experienced a massive net outage. Returning to the podcast is Lillian Ablon, Researcher with the RAND Corporation discussing state-level cyber attacks.
Regional Updates (28:09)
Perhaps the biggest story fro the region this week was the passing of Singapore founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew. Also this week, the UN announced plans to open an office in Seoul to monitor human rights abuses in North Korea. Plus updates from Vanuatu, how 1,000 in India were nabbed for cheating, and who has the best whiskey in the world.
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