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The Silent Erosion of Afghanistan’s Urban Middle Class: A Neglected Crisis

The Silent Erosion of Afghanistan’s Urban Middle Class: A Neglected Crisis

By Lutfi Rahimi
While the focus on Afghanistan tends to revolve around geopolitical tensions and security concerns, the slow erosion of the urban middle class is sending the country decades backward.

The Deadly Border Between Bangladesh and India

The Deadly Border Between Bangladesh and India

By Saqlain Rizve
The two nations are friendly neighbors. Why, then, do Indian troops so frequently use lethal force along the border? 
Corruption in Malaysia: The No Shame Game

Corruption in Malaysia: The No Shame Game

By Sophie Lemière
From prison, disgraced former Prime Minister Najib Razak is plotting an unlikely political comeback. Don't rule it out.

A China-Russia Arctic Alliance? Not So Fast.

A China-Russia Arctic Alliance? Not So Fast.

By Marc Lanteigne
Despite lofty declarations of mutual interests in the Arctic, there have been significant cracks in this regional relationship. 

The Bank of Japan’s Year of Living Dangerously

The Bank of Japan’s Year of Living Dangerously

By Anthony Fensom
Japan looks set to end negative interest rates for the first time in eight years. 

The Tale of 2 Economies: Navigating the Growth Paradox in China 

The Tale of 2 Economies: Navigating the Growth Paradox in China 

By Marina Yue Zhang
China’s impressive topline growth figures mask underlying disparities and societal unease. 

China-Latin America Space Cooperation: An Overview

China-Latin America Space Cooperation: An Overview

By R. Evan Ellis
As China has increased its political and economic cooperation with Latin America, it has also expanded its space engagement with the region.
Exploring the BJP’s Legal Agenda for India

Exploring the BJP’s Legal Agenda for India

By Akhilesh Pillalamarri
It has enacted legislation to implement its vision and goals for a more centralized, tough-on-terrorism, family-oriented, and proudly Hindu state.

The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam

The China-Built Addis-Djibouti Railway Gains Steam

By Istvan Tarrosy and Zoltan Voros
A new approach to utilizing the potential of the two-country railway line has already been producing several of the desired results. A people-centered turn is yet to come.

What’s Driving Kim Jong Un’s New Regional Development Policy?

What’s Driving Kim Jong Un’s New Regional Development Policy?

By Lee Sang-yong
The plan acknowledges the severe disparity in living conditions between Pyongyang and the rest of the country – and the resulting public discontent.

Navigating the Political Economy of Cold War 2.0

Navigating the Political Economy of Cold War 2.0

By Ronald U. Mendoza
Lessons from the first cold war could help states in the second. So could recognizing what's changed.
Vietnam’s Climate Solutions Are Decimating the Mekong Delta

Vietnam’s Climate Solutions Are Decimating the Mekong Delta

By Quinn Goranson
Shrimp farming along the Mekong may be an economic win in the short term, but it is ultimately unsustainable.

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