Singapore’s National Elections: Will a Pandemic, and a Shifting Society, Lead to a Different Result?
Last week, the Singaporean prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, of the long-dominant People’s Action Party (PAP), declared that the city-state would hold its general election on July 10. Read More
China’s Approach to Global Governances Risks a Global Governance Divide
For more than two millennia, Chinese leaders saw their country as one of the dominant actors in the world. This Sino-centrist worldview has in many ways shaped China’s outlook on global governance—th…
India-Nepal Bilateral Relations Slide: Perspective From Kathmandu
India’s relationship with Nepal is at its lowest point since the five-month “Indian Blockade” of 2015. The gap between Kathmandu and New Delhi is widening as India has not been able to keep up with transformations in Nepal and uses old lenses to view its neighbor.
North Korea’s Loyalty Test and the Demolition of Inter-Korean Relations
This week, North Korea’s Kim family dynasty imposed a new test of loyalty on its southern neighbors and found them lacking.
Coronavirus in South Asia, June 2020: Cases in India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan Spike
COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly in South Asia. For months, South Asia was spared the worst of the pandemic.
Maria Ressa’s Verdict: A Capstone for the Collapse of Press Freedom in Southeast Asia
Yesterday (U.S. time), editor Maria Ressa, one of the most prominent journalists in the Philippines, and indeed in the world—she was selected as one of Time’s people of the year in 2018 and featured …
The Illusion of Peace and the Failure of U.S.-North Korea Summitry
On June 12, North Korea’s Foreign Minister Ri Son-gwon issued a highly unusual commemorative statement to mark the second anniversary of the first-ever meeting of U.S. President Donald J. Trump and N…
Rodrigo Duterte Goes Even Farther in Using COVID-19 to Crack Down
In recent months, Southeast Asian leaders—and leaders from many other parts of the world—have utilized the COVID-19 pandemic to expand executive powers, crack down on civil society and undermine oppo…
Traditional Chinese Medicine: A Cure for China’s Soft Power Woes?
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has ramped up investment in promoting traditional Chinese medicine abroad while cracking down on critics at home.