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Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

Philippine Vice President Duterte Quits Marcos Cabinet, Solidifying Rift

By Sebastian Strangio
Two years after triumphing at the polls, the Marcos-Duterte "uniteam" has collapsed amid insults and acrimony.

Thai Courts Set Next Hearing Dates in High-Profile Legal Cases

Thai Courts Set Next Hearing Dates in High-Profile Legal Cases

By Sebastian Strangio
The three cases could end with the removal of Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin from office and the dissolution of the country's most popular party.
Former Thai PM Thaksin Formally Charged With Royal Defamation

Former Thai PM Thaksin Formally Charged With Royal Defamation

By Sebastian Strangio
The case against the 74-year-old suggests that there are limits to the political compact that allowed his return from self-exile last year.

In Kyrgyzstan, Kempir-Abad Case Ends in Acquittal

In Kyrgyzstan, Kempir-Abad Case Ends in Acquittal

By Catherine Putz
The court acquitted most of the defendants in a case that began with the mass arrest of more than 20 politicians and activists opposed to a border deal with Uzbekistan in October 2022.

How China Gained a Foothold in Eastern Taiwan

How China Gained a Foothold in Eastern Taiwan

By Nien-Ju Tsai and Tara Lee
Led by “King” Fu Kun-chi, Hualien County has become a nexus for political and economic connections with the PRC.

What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?
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What’s Driving Taiwan’s Mass Protests?

Exiled Montagnard Activist in Thailand at Risk of Deportation to Vietnam, Rights Groups Say

Exiled Montagnard Activist in Thailand at Risk of Deportation to Vietnam, Rights Groups Say

By Sebastian Strangio
Y Quynh Bdap was arrested in Thailand earlier this week in connection with last year's attack on government offices in Vietnam's Central Highlands.

Ladakh’s 2024 Election Verdict: Implications for India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy 

Ladakh’s 2024 Election Verdict: Implications for India’s Domestic and Foreign Policy 

By Stanzin Lhaskyabs
Independent candidate Mohmad Haneefa won by a record margin, ending the BJP's decade of political dominance in Ladakh.
Will the Congress Party’s Strategy Against the BJP Work For the Bangladesh Nationalist Party?

Will the Congress Party’s Strategy Against the BJP Work For the Bangladesh Nationalist Party?

By Saqlain Rizve
The BNP lacks leadership on the ground in Bangladesh and the political environment it faces is far more repressive than that in India.

Macron Suspends Voting Reform That Sparked Violence in New Caledonia

Macron Suspends Voting Reform That Sparked Violence in New Caledonia

By Associated Press
Violence flared on May 13 over the government’s attempt to change voting lists in the French Pacific territory, which Indigenous Kanaks say would marginalize their voices.

The Missed Opportunity of Japan’s Kishida Fumio

The Missed Opportunity of Japan’s Kishida Fumio

By Jio Kamata
The Japanese leader missed his chance to hold a snap election and cement his power. Now his leadership of both party and country is in jeopardy.

Asia on Edge: What MAGA Think Tanks Reveal About a Trump 2.0 Presidency

Asia on Edge: What MAGA Think Tanks Reveal About a Trump 2.0 Presidency

By Aneek Das and Felix Heiduk
It seems unlikely Trump 2.0 would upend security structures in the region. In trade and commerce, however, Trump's potential return has Asian officials and observers hugely worried. 
Will Thailand’s Continued Political Instability Hamstring Its Economic Recovery?

Will Thailand’s Continued Political Instability Hamstring Its Economic Recovery?

By Sebastian Strangio
Three high-profile political court cases threaten to push the country into a new cycle of domestic political conflict.

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