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The Difficulties of Extracting Afghanistan’s Hidden Mineral Treasures
January 28, 2022

The Difficulties of Extracting Afghanistan’s Hidden Mineral Treasures

By Franz J. Marty
While Afghanistan’s mineral riches are often depicted as a way out of aid dependency, Afghan miners continue to face problems in realizing those dreams.

Hong Kong’s Contested Academic Freedom
January 27, 2022

Hong Kong’s Contested Academic Freedom

By Carsten A. Holz
While outright censorship is still rare, subtler forms of control and coercion have severely restricted academic freedom in Hong Kong.
Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Troubles Won’t End With the Taliban Victory
January 26, 2022

Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Troubles Won’t End With the Taliban Victory

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
The Durand Line continues to bedevil Af-Pak relations. One doesn’t recognize it; the other ignores it when convenient.

Forced Prison Labor in China: Hiding in Plain Sight
January 25, 2022

Forced Prison Labor in China: Hiding in Plain Sight

By Peter Humphrey
Two years after a 6-year-old discovered a plea for help in a package of Christmas cards, newly released prisoners detail their accusations – and the prison’s cover up when the scandal broke.

Kashmir’s Hills Hold the Secret of the World’s Biggest Extinction Event
January 24, 2022

Kashmir’s Hills Hold the Secret of the World’s Biggest Extinction Event

By Mir Seeneen
Geologists from all over the world have been visiting the Guryul Ravine for research, but commercial activity has jeopardized the fossil site's preservation.

UK Intelligence Agency Targets China’s United Front
January 22, 2022

UK Intelligence Agency Targets China’s United Front

By Duncan Bartlett
Spymasters in the U.K. and other countries are going public in their push against CCP influence.

China’s Lawmakers Take More (Cautious) Steps Against Workplace Sexual Harassment  
January 21, 2022

China’s Lawmakers Take More (Cautious) Steps Against Workplace Sexual Harassment  

By Darius Longarino, Changhao Wei, and Yixin (Claire) Ren
Draft revisions to China’s women’s rights law are a step in the right direction, but are likely to have limited impact.
We’re Hiring – Director of Research
January 20, 2022

We’re Hiring – Director of Research

By The Diplomat
The Diplomat is looking for a Director of Research. See post for details.

Biden’s Asia Policy, 1 Year In
January 20, 2022

Biden’s Asia Policy, 1 Year In

By Danny Russel and Wendy Cutler
One year into the Biden administration, what should we make of its policy toward Asia and the Indo-Pacific?

The China-India Cold War in Maldives
January 19, 2022

The China-India Cold War in Maldives

By Rangoli Mitra
Beijing and New Delhi's jostling for influence in Maldives cannot be separated from the island nation's domestic political wrangling.

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia
January 18, 2022

After Kazakhstan Crisis, China Will Reassess Its Influence in Central Asia

By Igor Denisov
Despite its economic clout in Kazakhstan, Beijing has had far less political leverage than Moscow.
China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation
January 17, 2022

China and Iran Since the 25-Year Agreement: The Limits of Cooperation

By William Figueroa
Iran may be forced to “Look East” in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, but the Chinese government continues to look in many directions at once.

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