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Killing of Philippines Peace Consultant Sparks Scrutiny of Government Investigations
August 14, 2020

Killing of Philippines Peace Consultant Sparks Scrutiny of Government Investigations

By Nick Aspinwall
The death of activist Randy Echanis drew criticism of Quezon City’s police force, along with government probes of politically motivated killings.

Hong Kong Is the First Casualty of the New Cold War
August 14, 2020

Hong Kong Is the First Casualty of the New Cold War

By Brian Wong
Hong Kong – the first battleground where East meets West – has already been drastically changed.
The Future of Democracy in Southeast Asia: More Discontent or Hope?
August 14, 2020

The Future of Democracy in Southeast Asia: More Discontent or Hope?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The trajectory of democracy and governance in the region deserves close attention due to its significant implications as well as the role of various actors in shaping its evolution.

‘One of Us’: South Asians Celebrate Harris as Biden’s VP Choice
August 14, 2020

‘One of Us’: South Asians Celebrate Harris as Biden’s VP Choice

By Associated Press
The first Indian American -- or, indeed, Asian American -- candidate on a U.S. presidential ticket has caused quite a stir.

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil
August 13, 2020

South Korea’s President, Democratic Party Lose Momentum Amid Real Estate Market Turmoil

By Tae-jun Kang
For the first time in nearly four years, the conservative party has notched a higher approval rating than the DPK.

Has Kashmir Ceased to Be Pakistan’s Jugular Vein? 
August 13, 2020

Has Kashmir Ceased to Be Pakistan’s Jugular Vein? 

By Umair Jamal
It is high time that Pakistan’s policymakers trim the size of their Kashmir narrative to match the evident realities.

Court Releases Activist in Kazakhstan in High-Profile Case
August 13, 2020

Court Releases Activist in Kazakhstan in High-Profile Case

By Paolo Sorbello
A judge in Kazakhstan handed an activist a 1.5 year suspended sentence after she knocked off the hat of a policeman during a scuffle in June. 
The Tangled History of the ‘Tibet Card’
August 13, 2020

The Tangled History of the ‘Tibet Card’

By Ben Hales
It is impossible to understand the transformation of a population into a political “card” without understanding Tibet’s early 20th century.

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao
August 12, 2020

From Rebels to Rulers: The Challenges of the Bangsamoro Government in Mindanao

By Miyoko Taniguchi
The newly created government already faced a steep learning curve, with the peace process at stake. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 
August 11, 2020

Unprecedented Open Criticism of King Aired at Thai Protest 

By Associated Press
Student protesters aired grievances normally expressed in whispers in remarkably direct language.

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues
August 11, 2020

Corruption and the Fruits of Kleptocracy: The Saga of the Karimova Sisters Continues

By Ian J. Lynch
For every international pariah like Gulnara Karimova, there are far more kleptocrats who remain free and able to indulge in the high life.
Timor-Leste’s Draft Defamation Law Will Make It Harder to Curb Corruption
August 10, 2020

Timor-Leste’s Draft Defamation Law Will Make It Harder to Curb Corruption

By Jonas Guterres
The broad scope of criminal defamation and its application presents a serious obstacle to journalists and whistleblowers seeking to expose corruption.

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