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2023/01/18 | The Conversation

Why Does Nepal’s Aviation Industry Have Safety Issues? An Expert Explains

Nepal has recorded at least 350 casualties associated with airplanes or helicopters since 2000. The EU has banned all Nepali airlines from operating in the bloc’s airspace since 2013.

2022/11/07 | The Conversation

North Korea’s Flurry of Missile Tests Raises Alarm – But Are We Seeing Anything New?

The sustained pace of missile launches may serve as a distraction to focus the North Korean people’s gaze on the external enemy rather than their own distress and the government’s role in it.

2022/10/24 | The Conversation

Xi Cements His Power at Chinese Communist Party Congress – But He Is Still Exposed on the Economy

With a collapsing real estate sector weighing on a stretched banking system, the economy is Xi’s vulnerability.

2022/10/12 | The Conversation

20 Years After the Bali Bombings, Survivors Are Still Processing a Unique Kind of Grief

Two decades after the bombings, which killed 202 people from more than 20 countries, grieving continues.

2022/10/04 | The Conversation

One of the Worst Stadium Tragedies in History: An Expert Explains What Led to the Soccer Stampede in Indonesia

Indonesia’s football crowds are well-known for their excitability. The risk of crowds getting out of hand should be managed pre-emptively.

2022/09/21 | The Conversation

Myanmar: What Can Indonesia Do as ASEAN Chair To Help End Overshadowed Conflict?

Indonesia, whose authoritarian leader stepped down from power in 1998, offers Myanmar an example of military reform.

2022/08/11 | The Conversation

Part of the Japanese Revolution in Fashion, Issey Miyake Changed the Way We Saw, Wore, and Made Fashion

Issey Miyake rejected terms like “fashion,” but his work allowed much of the world to reimagine itself through clothing.

2022/07/12 | The Conversation

Shinzo Abe’s Killing: The History of Political Violence in Japan

Shinzo Abe’s murder is the latest political attack in Japan, a country which has strict gun laws.

2022/03/21 | The Conversation

Ukraine: Why China Is Not Yet Bailing Out Russia

China has been careful not to make enemies in Europe. Ukraine and much of the former Soviet Union are key components in the ongoing Belt-and-Road initiatives to build a massive international infrastructure of trade routes.

2021/12/29 | The Conversation

Can China Win Back Global Opinion Before the Winter Olympics? Does It Even Want To?

China’s international image was already at its lowest level in years in many western countries. How will Beijing respond with the Olympics only weeks away?

2021/11/30 | The Conversation

Wealthy Nations Starved the Developing World of Vaccines. Omicron Shows the Cost of This Greed

Experts have warned about the inequitable distribution of Covid-19 vaccines since the beginning of the pandemic, so why is there still a problem?

2021/11/12 | The Conversation

Xi Jinping Puts His Stamp on Communist Party History, but Is His Support as Strong as His Predecessors?

It is reasonable to assume Xi has had close supporters within the leadership of the CCP, and even among former leaders. However, they are not as visible, for the most part, as was the case for Mao and Deng.

2021/09/07 | The Conversation

Who Will Replace Yoshihide Suga as Japan’s Prime Minister? Here’s a Rundown of the Candidates.

With a weakened opposition, the Liberal Democratic Party would still be favored to retain power in the Diet after the general election, meaning whoever wins the party leadership contest will likely remain Japan’s prime minister.

2021/08/30 | The Conversation

Why It Will Soon Be Too Late To Find Out Where the Covid-19 Virus Originated

Time is running out to determine the origin of Covid-19. A member of the WHO virology team tells what can be done now and how this will influence our response to future pandemics.

2021/07/08 | The Conversation

Cultural Sensitivity or Censorship? Lecturers Are Finding It Difficult to Talk About China in Class

In a globalized world, educators are expected to be culturally sensitive and inclusive, but what if this leads to self-censorship?