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China’s Legal Blitzkrieg in Hong Kong
August 08, 2020

China’s Legal Blitzkrieg in Hong Kong

By Ming-Sung Kuo
Beijing’s putsch in Hong Kong through legislation is executed in a way that maximum shock and awe can be felt in the world.

Could Jokowi’s Family Become Indonesia’s Newest Political Dynasty?
August 08, 2020

Could Jokowi’s Family Become Indonesia’s Newest Political Dynasty?

By Marcus Tantau
The upcoming regional elections in December may decide whether the Widodo family becomes Indonesia’s newest political dynasty. 
Thai Protesters Threaten Escalation as Police Make Arrests 
August 07, 2020

Thai Protesters Threaten Escalation as Police Make Arrests 

By Associated Press
The government cracked down on Friday with the arrests of some high-profile members of the pro-democracy movement. 

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again
August 07, 2020

Sri Lanka: The Rajapaksas Rise Again

By Sudha Ramachandran
A landslide win in general elections caps off the family's political comeback. Where does Sri Lanka go from here?

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan
August 07, 2020

Protest Körpe: Quilting Together ‘Real’ and Digital Dissent in Kazakhstan

By Colleen Wood
Creative demonstrations for an imprisoned activist in Kazakhstan bridge digital and real-world engagement.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party
August 06, 2020

Vietnam’s COVID-19 Success Is a Double-Edged Sword for the Communist Party

By Mai Truong
The success of its COVID-19 strategy has, so far, increased trust in the Vietnamese government, but it could create demand for transparency in other political issues in the future.

After a Year as a Union Territory, Dashed Hopes in Ladakh
August 06, 2020

After a Year as a Union Territory, Dashed Hopes in Ladakh

By Anwar Ali Tsarpa
Even those who demanded UT status have been disappointed by the reality: less representation, more bureaucracy, and still no jobs.
Afghan Council to Decide Whether Kabul Releases 400 Taliban
August 06, 2020

Afghan Council to Decide Whether Kabul Releases 400 Taliban

By Associated Press
The release of the 400 prisoners is seen as the final hurdle to the start of intra-Afghan negotiations.

Tajikistan Sets Date for Presidential Election
August 06, 2020

Tajikistan Sets Date for Presidential Election

By Catherine Putz
There is now an official date for Tajikistan’s next presidential election: October 11.

Why the Nepal Communist Party Must Not Split
August 05, 2020

Why the Nepal Communist Party Must Not Split

By Pradip Adhikari
A split in the NCP would be bad for the factions involved as well as the country writ large.

Singapore’s 2020 Election: Explaining the PAP’s Stagnation
August 05, 2020

Singapore’s 2020 Election: Explaining the PAP’s Stagnation

By Conrad Guimaraes
Moving forward, the PAP will need to consider how to manage the electoral impact of several key trends. 
Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?
August 05, 2020

Will South Korea Relocate Its Administrative Capital?

By Tae-jun Kang
The Democratic Party raised the idea amid soaring real estate prices in Seoul -- and dwindling populations in the rest of the country.

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