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2019/03/20 | Policy Forum

Thailand's Election: Will the Government Be Held Accountable?

The three branches of the Thai government have long operated with impunity regardless of electoral results, writes Thai constitutional law scholar Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang.

2019/01/18 | Policy Forum

China's Fourth Wave of Feminism: Despite Censorship, #MeToo Perseveres

Feminism has a long history in China, but #MeToo has met a wall of state and societal censorship.

2018/09/12 | Policy Forum

OPINION: Time to Say Goodbye to 'Chinese Taipei'

A proposal to compete as 'Taiwan' rather than 'Chinese Taipei' in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics serves as a warning to Beijing.

2018/09/01 | Policy Forum

Asia's Mental Health Support Systems Are Still Neglected by Policymakers

People living with mental disorders remain among Asia's most vulnerable and marginalized populations.

2018/08/22 | Policy Forum

ANALYSIS: Why the Asian Tigers Don't Have Their Own Silicon Valley

Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan are still far from adapting to the digital age and embracing the knowledge economy.

2018/08/20 | Policy Forum

OPINION: Differing Strategic Visions in the Indo-Pacific Cloud the Region's Future

India, Japan and the US all have different ideas about what the Indo-Pacific means, casting doubt over its future as a concept.

2018/08/10 | Policy Forum

OPINION: Asia Can Lead North Korea Human Rights Dialogue

A multilateral, Asian-led human rights discourse with North Korea offers an alternative to failed Western-led approaches.

2018/08/07 | Policy Forum

ANALYSIS: Japan Is Finally Entering the Indo-Pacific Arena

Japan has hesitated to assert itself in the Indo-Pacific, a region increasingly dominated by Chinese influence. It may want to avoid its tradition 'value-oriented diplomacy' and the temptation to lock horns with China.

2018/07/23 | Policy Forum

Water Tensions Between Singapore and Malaysia Begin to Boil Over

Malaysia's recent election has reignited a longstanding quarrel over water with Singapore, which receives half its fresh water from its neighbor to the north.

2018/07/19 | Policy Forum

ANALYSIS: Russia's Expanding Asia-Pacific Power Play

In the absence of strong relations with Western nations, Russia may be making its own pivot to Asia. This should motivate Australia and ASEAN states to fortify their own presences in the area.

2018/07/09 | Policy Forum

The Truth Behind China's World Football Ambitions

Is China already a soccer superpower? Lucrative corporate partnerships have more than picked up the slack for its 75th ranked men's national team.

2018/06/29 | Policy Forum

OPINION: It's Time to Move Past Outdated Notions of Cyberspace and Cybersecurity

The conversation about cybersecurity must evolve to take account of state actors intent on furthering strategic aims.

2018/06/22 | Policy Forum

OPINION: Talk of 'Sonic Attacks' at US Embassies Rings Hollow

Talks of some kind of sonic 'attack' at US embassies in China and Cuba is based on questionable testing methodology and opaque data.

2018/06/18 | Policy Forum

Korean Summitry Spurs Moon's Minjoo Party to Electoral Success

Moon Jae-in’s Minjoo party rode overwhelming public approval and turnout to a strong electoral victory that has left the country’s opposition parties reeling.