This week's passing into law of Australia's Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment Act, which comes on the heels of a year of tightened border controls and refugee intake policy changes, could chill regional cooperation.
How else should we be advising Myanmar now so its version of democracy isn't derailed in the future? Here are three pieces of advice that the US and other foreign actors should offer Myanmar's government to help create a stable, more inclusive society:
The success or failure of the open-ended American military intervention in Iraq and Syria will not be apparent for years, yet there is one area where the US mission has already yielded improvements: humanitarian funding.
With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.
Of the world's 51.2 million people displaced by conflict and persecution, an astonishing 7.7 million are persons with disabilities. While many of their disabilities are longstanding, many are new, like Zeinah's, the result of war-related violence.
It is a truism to note that there are commonalities that unite us all, in one way or another - but reconcile that truism with the unimaginable: having to uproot your family to a strange place, on your own, only to find even more hardship waiting on the other side of a war zone.
Lebanon's ex-pat community has the skills and resources to work in conjunction with the Lebanese government in an apolitical fashion to drive positive change for Lebanon at a time when the country and all its inhabitants need it the most.
I was born in the beautiful city of Monrovia, Liberia. In my earliest memories as a child, the city was very peaceful. But then war broke out, and we eventually lost everything we had: peace, happiness, family members, communication, and our home.
Kenya certainly faces legitimate security concerns. And with the country's presidential campaign heating up, it is understandable that the government wants to make its city streets safer and more secure.
Strife-ridden societies aren't furnished with peaceful town squares. I'm talking about my girls and me sitting in the dirty corner of a church, creating a temporary space from scratch with our presence.
Until UNRWA's mandate is adjusted to conform to that of UNHCR's 'durable solutions,' Palestinian children under the agency's care will continue to be educated in a culture that promotes despair and hate in a system that works against their future.