Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editors

Academic journal article Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations

Letter from the Editors

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A region with vast cultural diversity and rich history, Asia is both the world's largest and most populous continent. In recent years, Asia has moved into the international spotlight with robust developing economies and complex diplomatic relations. In this regional issue of the Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations, we marry the works of scholars, academics, policymakers, and experts featuring a variety of topics spanning the Asian continent.

Our issue begins with one of the major actors in the region, China, as Professor Kerry Brown-an Associate Fellow for the Asia Programme at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs-addresses China's changing role in Asia and the global order under the leadership of Xi Jinping. The focus then shifts from China to Central Asia as Dr. Katherine Himes-a muddy boots science diplomat with a focus on Central Asia, international development, and science policy-addresses how the challenges of water security can be answered through international research partnerships. Austin Schiano, Juan E. Chebly, and Federico Ruiz bring diversity to this issue with their piece which focuses on sustainable development as a means to combat violent extremism and its overarching implications for the Asia region and the world as a whole.

The Journal is pleased to present an interview with Ambassador Elizabeth P. Buensuceso, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN and Chair of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN. …

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