A wrap up of political and economic commentary relating to South East Asia and the Pacific this month:
- A commentator writing in the Jakarta Post has questioned whether Papua would truly be better off if it was self governing. Dr. Warren Doull , who worked with the UN Transitional Authority in East Timor in 2001-02, makes unfavourable comparisons with Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. Read the full article in the Jakarta Globe.
- The Diplomat covers Timor-Leste’s Tasi Mane development project, which will involve the development of an integrated petroleum infrastructure in the coastal zone from Suai to Beaço over the next two decades. Civil society groups warn that the ambitious project will have little impact on the economy. Read the full article at The Diplomat.
- The East Asia Forum Quarterly examines ‘Asia and a new global order’. It asks what sort of changes the shift of economic power and growth to Asia will create in the regional and global order, and whether Asia and its leaders is up to the task of global leadership? More information at the East Asia Forum.
- The Pacific Media Centre has released its Pacific media freedom status report 2011, naming West Papua as the region’s most dangerous location for journalists. The full report can be downloaded at the Pacific Media Centre website.