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Police Reforms Are Necessary in Punjab Province. Why Won’t PTI Do It?
September 18, 2020

Police Reforms Are Necessary in Punjab Province. Why Won’t PTI Do It?

By Umair Jamal
Why has it become impossible to reform Punjab’s police under the PTI government?

China Border City Goes Into ‘Wartime Mode’ to Combat COVID-19
September 18, 2020

China Border City Goes Into ‘Wartime Mode’ to Combat COVID-19

By Sebastian Strangio
The arrival of coronavirus cases from Myanmar highlights the difficulty of securing the long, winding border between the two countries.
Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down
September 18, 2020

Muhiddin Kabiri Speaks Online, Tajikistan’s Internet Shuts Down

By Catherine Putz
A coincidence? When IRPT leader Kabiri spoke this week in an online event his message was cut off from Tajikistan by “technical glitches.” 

In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential
September 17, 2020

In Japan’s Post-Abe Era, Addressing Political Gender Inequality is Essential

By Nick Stores
A more uncertain and competitive political climate could lead to urgently needed quota legislation for female politicians.

Parsing Washington’s Latest Cambodia Sanctions
September 17, 2020

Parsing Washington’s Latest Cambodia Sanctions

By David Hutt
Treasury's listing of the Chinese-owned Union Development Group has reignited rumors that Beijing is eyeing a military presence on Cambodia's coast.

What Role Does the State Play in Pakistan’s Anti-Shia Hysteria?
September 17, 2020

What Role Does the State Play in Pakistan’s Anti-Shia Hysteria?

By Kunwar Khuldune Shahid
Recent anti-Shia demonstrations in Karachi raise uncomfortable questions about the possible involvement of the Pakistani establishment.

Pakistani Parliamentarian Introduces Legislation That Would Punish Criticism of the Military
September 17, 2020

Pakistani Parliamentarian Introduces Legislation That Would Punish Criticism of the Military

By Abhijnan Rej
The latest move by a PTI member once again suggests that the Khan government is doing the powerful army’s bidding in Pakistan.
The Problem with the Myanmar Army’s Admissions of Guilt
September 17, 2020

The Problem with the Myanmar Army’s Admissions of Guilt

By Maggi Quadrini
Admissions of guilt for atrocities are usually the prelude to closed-door trials lacking any real degree of transparency or accountability.

Former US Bases in the Philippines Prompt Mixed Feelings
September 17, 2020

Former US Bases in the Philippines Prompt Mixed Feelings

By Sebastian Strangio
Nearly three decades on from the closure of the Subic Bay naval base, the Philippines’ relationship with the United States remains complicated.

US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China
September 16, 2020

US Public Opinion Is Changing the Relationship With China

By Justin Conrad
It is no longer politically wise to characterize China as a partner or friend.

UN Renews Push on Thai Activist’s Disappearance
September 16, 2020

UN Renews Push on Thai Activist’s Disappearance

By Sebastian Strangio
Correspondence reveals the Cambodian government's threadbare investigation into the apparent abduction.
What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?
September 16, 2020

What Can Asia Expect From Suga’s Japan?

By Ankit Panda
Abe's successor will represent continuity, but faces a challenging set of internal issues.

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