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Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election
September 25, 2021

Ghosts of the Past in the LDP Presidential Election

By Taro Tsuda
The backgrounds and formative influences of the candidates are a particularly rich trove of information, given the powerful role of factional lineages and dynastic politics in Japan.

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 
September 24, 2021

The Taliban’s False Amnesty 

By Mehdi J. Hakimi
When they first captured Kabul back in 1996, the Taliban promised amnesty. It wasn’t a genuine offer then, and it isn’t now either. 
US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content
September 23, 2021

US Court Orders Facebook to Hand Over Deleted Anti-Rohingya Content

By Sebastian Strangio
In a ruling, the court stated that Facebook’s citing of a privacy provision to withhold the records from Myanmar was “rich with irony.”

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses
September 23, 2021

In UN Speech, Duterte Promises Accountability for ‘Drug War’ Excesses

By Sebastian Strangio
The promise came a week after the International Criminal Court announced a probe into the violent anti-drug campaign.

China’s ‘Common Prosperity’: The Maoism of Xi Jinping
September 23, 2021

China’s ‘Common Prosperity’: The Maoism of Xi Jinping

By Mercy A. Kuo
Insights from Ming Xia.

Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?
September 22, 2021

Where Are Japan’s Policy Entrepreneurs?

By Jake Northey
For all the focus on Japan’s ruling LDP, some of Japan’s most influential policy innovators aren’t found within government at all.

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia
September 22, 2021

The Election Bells are Again Ringing Early in Cambodia

By Luke Hunt
Charges against a political analyst were dropped on the urging of a Zoom-bombing prime minister.
Manila Mayor, Ex-Scavenger and Actor, to Seek Presidency
September 22, 2021

Manila Mayor, Ex-Scavenger and Actor, to Seek Presidency

By Associated Press
Mayor Isko Moreno joins the crowded race to succeed President Rodrigo Duterte.

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak
September 22, 2021

Laos Tightens COVID-19 Restrictions as Infections Reach New Peak

By Sebastian Strangio
Like many of its neighbors, the nation has struggled to contain recent outbreaks of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

BJP Goes to Town With Modi’s Birthday Bash
September 22, 2021

BJP Goes to Town With Modi’s Birthday Bash

By Neeta Lal
The public-facing celebration “amounts to a personality cult hitherto unseen in contemporary Indian politics.”

Taliban Name Deputy Ministers, Double Down on All-Male Team
September 21, 2021

Taliban Name Deputy Ministers, Double Down on All-Male Team

By Kathy Gannon
The Taliban seek international support as they grapple with the daunting challenges of governing a nation shredded by four decades of conflict. But they aren’t in a rush to give women power.
The BJP is Playing the Communal Card Again
September 21, 2021

The BJP is Playing the Communal Card Again

By Tarushi Aswani
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister alleged that Muslims are cornering most of the state-subsidized food-grain rations.

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