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EDITORIAL: Building on the peace accord

Treaty between Jakarta and Acehnese rebels promises stability in world’s most populous Muslim nation. The historic breakthrough between the Indonesian government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) culminating in the signing of a peace treaty should not be seen as a done deal, at least not for now.

JUST A THOUGHT: Thailand sorely lacks a reading culture

A recent survey that might be more alarming than the one on Thais lagging behind various other Asean countries in English skills involves something even more basic: reading.

Will the Rumsfeld revolution continue?

America’s defence policy is at a crossroads. Since 1997, the United States Congress has required the Department of Defence to undertake a major defence review every four years. The department is currently developing the third such review and will release it later this year. The review promises to be nothing short of a watershed.