Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan
Politics,Society,South Asia
By Chayanika Saxena - 12 Apr 2018

Civic Activism Gains Momentum in Afghanistan

The people of Afghanistan have made use of democratic practices, such as popular sit-ins, social media activism, and even satire, as ways to make themselves heard even if their faith in the government and the administration continues to diminish by the day.
Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?
Politics,Southeast Asia

By Andrea Chloe Wong - 11 Apr 2018

Withdrawing from the ICC: What Now for the Philippines?

What is Structural Blindness?
Politics,Society

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 10 Apr 2018

What is Structural Blindness?

How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC
Politics,South Asia

How India Should Deal with Developments within SAARC

What India should be closely observing is not just China’s steady clout in the region, but also Pakistan’s ties with other countries in India’s immediate neighborhood and attempts by Islamabad to revive the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation process.
TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain
Politics,Economy,South Asia

TAPI has Potential but Challenges Remain

On February 23, 2018, the representatives of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the TAPI gas pipeline, which is intended to transfer 33 billion cubic feet of natural gas from Turkmenistan to the three countries.
What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy
Politics,Economy,South Asia

What India Really Needs Is Better Population Policy

Economist Paul Krugman told the News18 Rising India Summit that India needed to expand manufacturing to put more people to work, but a closer look at China’s growth trajectory showed that population policy was the key.
The Recent US Pro-Taiwan Policy Shift: How Serious?
Politics,East Asia

The Recent US Pro-Taiwan Policy Shift: How Serious?

US President Donald Trump recently signed the Taiwan Travel Act, appointed pro-Taiwan John Bolton as his national security advisor, and ordered a tariff on China’s imports. Has he really undergone a change of heart and mind about Taiwan and China?
China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions
Politics,China

China’s 13th NPC and Xi Jinping’s Ambitions

China’s 13th NPC closed on March 20, 2018 with a speech given by President Xi Jinping and a press conference by Premier Li Keqiang. Macroeconomic announcements and formation of Xi’s new team were the two most eagerly watched items.
By Tai Wei Lim - 28 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?
Politics,Economy

Will Cooperation Redefine the New World Order?

US’ withdrawal from the TPP and the Paris Climate Accords, and the recent dismissal of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, signal the US’ waning influence and reinforce the collective will of the international community to cooperate.
By In Sophal - 27 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle
Politics,East Asia

Taiwan Travel Act: New Dynamics in the Washington-Beijing-Taipei Triangle

On March 16, 2018, US President Donald Trump signed the Taiwan Travel Act, which will encourage and allow for official exchanges between Taipei and Washington at all levels. Beijing expressed its strong dissatisfaction with the Act but has not clarified its countermeasures so far.
By Xiaolin Duan - 20 Mar 2018 | 0 comments Read more...
US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties
Politics,South Asia

US and Pakistan Mending Bilateral Ties

Both the US and Pakistan seem to be in damage control mode, and they have been making efforts to send a clear message: that while they have significant differences on important strategic issues, neither side can allow the relationship to drift any further.
Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong
Politics,Hotspots,East Asia

Filibustering: Flawed in Principle and Bad for Hong Kong

Largely unhindered filibustering results in notably more harm than good being visited on any serious legislative process. Full freedoms to filibuster will lead to regular abuses of process at the expense of making timely progress on significant, legislative proposals.
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