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Ping Pong Diplomacy: Made in Japan
April 10, 2021

Ping Pong Diplomacy: Made in Japan

By John Darwin Van Fleet
Remembering the Chinese, Japanese, and American table tennis players who paved the way for a historic diplomatic opening.

‘My Good Fight’: Being a Woman in Afghanistan’s Politics
April 09, 2021

‘My Good Fight’: Being a Woman in Afghanistan’s Politics

By Bansari Kamdar
Hosna Jalil on fighting harassment, discrimination, and death threats as one of Afghanistan’s highest-ranking female officials.
How Japanese Women Saved Shinto
April 08, 2021

How Japanese Women Saved Shinto

By Cristian Martini Grimaldi
A Shinto priest explains the ancient Japanese religion – and the crucial, often forgotten role women played in keeping it alive after World War II.

The Death of Journalism in Myanmar
April 07, 2021

The Death of Journalism in Myanmar

By Robert Bociaga
A journalist reflects on his detention by security forces, one small part of a wider crackdown on the country's media.

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment
April 06, 2021

China-Iran Relations: The Myth of Massive Investment

By William Figueroa
Why the 25-Year China-Iran Strategic Cooperation Agreement isn’t a “big deal,” literally or figuratively.

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’
April 05, 2021

The Politics of South Korea’s ‘China Threat’

By Dongwoo Kim
Amid growing anti-Chinese sentiment in South Korea, there is a mismatch between the popular will and Seoul’s foreign policy.

Spike in Violence Follows Failed Negotiations Between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad
April 03, 2021

Spike in Violence Follows Failed Negotiations Between the Pakistani Taliban and Islamabad

By Franz J. Marty
Sources reveal secret negotiations between Pakistan’s government and the TTP, which ultimately fell apart.
Bangladesh’s Bloggers Under Siege
April 02, 2021

Bangladesh’s Bloggers Under Siege

By Austin Bodetti
Online activists face deadly threats from religious extremists and a crackdown from authorities.

Can Myanmar’s Protesters Win?
April 01, 2021

Can Myanmar’s Protesters Win?

By Tom Fawthrop
They are up against a ruthless, entrenched military. But history tells us not to underestimate the power of the people.

In Asia’s 3 Biggest Democracies, COVID-19 has Entrenched Inequality and Democratic Regression
March 31, 2021

In Asia’s 3 Biggest Democracies, COVID-19 has Entrenched Inequality and Democratic Regression

By Joshua Kurlantzick
The effects of the pandemic have fallen most heavily on minorities, while leaders have used COVID-19 as a pretext to expand their executive power.

China’s Social Credit System: Speculation vs. Reality
March 30, 2021

China’s Social Credit System: Speculation vs. Reality

By Jessica Reilly , Muyao Lyu, and Megan Robertson
How far along is China's much-hyped social credit system – and where is it heading next?
Tankie Man: The Pro-Democracy Hong Kongers Standing Up to Western Communists
March 29, 2021

Tankie Man: The Pro-Democracy Hong Kongers Standing Up to Western Communists

By Sebastian Skov Andersen and Thomas Chan
The tankie phenomenon pits Western self-identified communists against those struggling against China's human rights abuses.

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