5th Issue of the Asian Journal of Public Affairs launched by Prof. Kofi Annan

The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy welcomed former Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr. Kofi Annan as its first Li Ka Shing Professor. The dialogue session on the topic of “UN: The Importance of Multilateralism” between LKYSPP Students and Prof. Annan was an event to usher in the new Professor into the student community. At the end of the dialogue Prof. Annan launched the fifth issue of the Asian Journal of Public Affairs. The Journal is a peer reviewed, academic publication regarding public affairs issues in the wider Asia including the Middle East, Central and South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. It was established to analyse and influence policy-making through an interdisciplinary lens, including but not limited to Public Policy, Public Management, International Relations, International Political Economy, and Economics. The Journal is run and managed completely by the LKY School’s MPP student community.

Given the recent spate of disasters in the Asia-Pacific, the issue aptly had a thematic commentary section on disaster management in the region. The commentaries featured those written by Dr. Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, Head of the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Agency for Aceh-Nias, Mr. Antonio Meloto, Founder of Gawad Kalinga, and Ms. Hailey Kim, from the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre.

The Journal also features scholarly articles contributed from graduate student community worldwide. The articles discuss important issues facing Asia such as environmental challenges in South-East Asia; the conflict issues surrounding the Mindanao region in the Philippines; and the roots of the Thai military’s political activism. Another article analyses the challenges of transfer pricing in the Asia Pacific region given the conflicting objectives that fiscal authorities face.

Prof. Kofi Annan provided a perfect launching pad for the second print edition of a nascent journal like AJPA. The next issue of the Journal will be published in April 2010.  The commentary and the articles will be focused mainly on issues of food security in the Asian region.

Yours Sincerely,
The AJPA Editorial Board
February 2010

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