Post by Cristina Varriale, Research Intern at ICSA
The beginning of 2016 has seen several major blows to the threat perceptions of South Korea. On the 6th January, its isolated and precarious neighbour, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) conducted an underground nuclear test. Shortly following this on the 7th February, the DPRK successfully launched a satellite into orbit, testing prohibited dual-use missile launch technologies. While scepticism of exact capabilities persists, the steps between current technologies and a deliverable nuclear tipped missile appear to be reducing. Nevertheless, despite a total of four nuclear tests, numerous missile launches and suggestions of a fifth nuclear test possible, South Korea are not currently countering with their own nuclear weapons programme despite calls from senior politicians. Continue reading
Post by Hannah Goozee, Research Intern at ICSA
On 1st April, a new era began for Myanmar. On that day, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), under the presidency of newly inaugurated Htin Kyaw, took power in a country which has only known democracy for 14 of its 1,000 year recorded history. Not only does the country face domestic challenges including rampant internal conflict, corruption and poverty, but Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD will have to navigate the country’s complex relationship with China.
For decades, Hollywood has created countless movies portraying criminal behaviour and money laundering as the work of the mafia, drugs lords, and mobs mostly with rather suspicious accents however a quick internet news search reveals a reality far closer to home than one which exists on the script of the next blockbuster.