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Hong Kong Voices in American Politics
November 25, 2020

Hong Kong Voices in American Politics

By Maggie Shum and Victoria Tin-bor Hui
Preliminary survey results suggest President-elect Biden has some convincing to do to win the confidence of Hong Kong Americans.
As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law
November 25, 2020

As Protests Grow, Thailand’s Authorities Dust Off Royal Defamation Law

By Sebastian Strangio
This revival of lese-majeste law marks an escalation in the authorities’ campaign against rising pro-democracy protests.

Can COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy in Southeast Asia be Reversed?
November 25, 2020

Can COVID-19’s Impact on Democracy in Southeast Asia be Reversed?

By Joshua Kurlantzick
As authoritarian leaders in many Southeast Asian countries use the pandemic to consolidate their hold, what needs to be done to buck the trend?

Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal
November 25, 2020

Ex-PM Abe’s Office Investigated Over Cherry Blossom Party Scandal

By Associated Press
A scandal from 2018 continues to dog the former Japanese prime minister.

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone
November 24, 2020

Indonesia Passes Grim COVID-19 Milestone

By Sebastian Strangio
The country exceeded 500,000 cases right as international researchers were moving closer to an effective vaccine.
Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force
November 24, 2020

Duncan McCargo on Thailand’s New Political Force

By Sebastian Strangio
"It’s not a matter of whether or not the existing power structures start to give way: it’s just a question of when."

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister
November 24, 2020

Aun Pornmoniroth Emerges as Potential Future Cambodian Prime Minister

By Luke Hunt
The Singapore model is still favored for a Cambodian political succession.
Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic
November 24, 2020

Kazakh Blogger Forced Into Psychiatric Clinic

By Catherine Putz
A court order has sent Aigul Otepova to a psychiatric clinic. Her supporters say its because of her outspoken criticism of the government.

The Intensifying Pressures to Further ‘Reform’ Hong Kong’s Courts
November 23, 2020

The Intensifying Pressures to Further ‘Reform’ Hong Kong’s Courts

By Jerome A. Cohen
With LegCo subdued, Beijing is turning its attention to Hong Kong’s independent judiciary.

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election
November 23, 2020

What the Philippines Can Learn from Myanmar’s Election

By Mong Palatino
Lesson #1: Stinging international rebukes over human rights abuses do not necessarily translate into fewer votes.

Banning Fireworks on Diwali: A Window Into Money and Politics in India
November 21, 2020

Banning Fireworks on Diwali: A Window Into Money and Politics in India

By Prashant Waikar
What looks like an eminently sensible decision, given the extremely polluting effects of fireworks, has become a politically contentious issue.
Radical Leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi is Dead – But His Ideology Will Live On in Pakistan
November 20, 2020

Radical Leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi is Dead – But His Ideology Will Live On in Pakistan

By Umair Jamal
Leader of a right-wing party with pull, Rizvi’s death will not diminish extremist politics in Pakistan.

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