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Akshan deAlwis
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Akshan deAlwis partners with youth groups in Burma and elsewhere to teach youth and civic participation. He has published on political conflicts and transitions in the Middle East and Asia. He is currently attending Columbia University as a John Jay Scholar.

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Robotic Warfare Is No Longer Science Fiction: The Future of "Killer Robots"

(1) Comments | Posted April 18, 2015 | 8:47 PM

In 1942, Isaac Asimov formulated the Three Laws of Robotics, which would define and unify Asimov's robotic based-science-fiction. The first and cardinal rule of the Three Laws was that "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm."...

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A New Age for Sri Lanka?

(2) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 1:34 PM

It's difficult to describe just how shocking it is that Maithripala Sirisena, not Mahinda Rajapaksa, is the seventh president of Sri Lanka. Over the course of a decade, Rajapaksa has ruled the island nation of Sri Lanka, creating what seemed to be a water-tight government of

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The New Silk Road: A True "Win-Win" or a Perilous Future?

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 4:42 PM

Walt Whitman described the locomotive as the "pulse of the continent." If his comparison holds true, then Thailand is about to get its first real bloodline to the rest of Asia. All thanks to China.

This December 19, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha signed a memorandum of understanding...

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Pakistan: When Children Fear to Learn

(0) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 3:27 PM

In Pakistan schools have become sites of horrific terror instead of temples of learning.
Pakistan is one of the few places in the world where children are actively risking their lives by attending school. The recent attack in Peshawar, which has left 141 students dead, has forced...

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The New Face of Democracy: Nation-Wide Youth Congress to Take Place in Burma

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 3:49 PM

Chinese state media has watched with fear what it calls "excessive and hasty" democratic change in Burma, arguing that democracy alone cannot solve all of the Southeast Asian country's problems. A commentary in China's Communist Party-run Global Times warned of what it called "Western-style democracy" in Burma.

Although democracy alone...

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