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2018/07/06 | The Conversation

Looking to Central Asia for the Next Great Power Throwdown

China, Russia and the United States are each trying to bring their distinct brand of political economy to bear on the hotly contested region.

2018/07/11 | The Conversation

ANALYSIS: The Pointless Inefficacy of Trump's China Trade War

China gets remarkably little added value from the tech products it exports to the United States.

2018/06/01 | The Conversation

How Globalization Changes How Disease Spreads

A look at disease transmission from the Spanish Flu to SARS.

2018/06/08 | The Conversation

K-Pop, BTS and Breaking America

The Korean boy band BTS is the advance guard of what could well be a K-pop invasion of the West.

2018/05/04 | The Conversation

‘Pro-Poor’ Tourism Falls Flat in India's Varanasi

Tourism is a mainstay of the Indian economy, but attempts to spread the wealth have come up short.

2018/08/01 | The Conversation

OPINION: It's Time to End the 'Fake News' Era

The term has a myriad different interpretations and we would be better off abandoning it.

2018/03/23 | The Conversation

China's 'New Retail' Breathes New Life into Physical Stores

China is streets ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to integrating online and offline retail.

2018/04/03 | The Conversation

How the Hmong Navigate the Tricky Vietnam-China Border

Marginalized on both sides of the border, the Hmong people are forced to adapt to shifting geopolitics in their daily lives.

2018/04/16 | The Conversation

The Lowdown on Trump-Kim and North Korea's End Game

North Korea is orchestrating a multinational merry-go-round amid fears it is merely playing for time.

2018/03/20 | The Conversation

OPINION: The Crimes of My Lai Must Be Remembered

'If Americans remember that name at all, they most likely remember that something dark and awful happened there.'

2018/07/18 | The Conversation

Rescued Thai Boys Contemplate the Monastic Life

Some of the 12 schoolboys rescued from a cave in Thailand are considering becoming monks. For them, this may be a way of showing gratitude to their rescuers.

2018/07/12 | The Conversation

Thailand's Caves Are Mythological Wonderlands

All 12 Thai schoolboys and their football coach have been rescued from Thailand's Tham Luang cave complex. Northern Thailand's caves are considered labyrinths of sacred spirit.

2018/08/24 | The Conversation

ANALYSIS: Governance Key to Mitigating Environmental Risk of China Trade

Strong governance can shield the developing world from the environmental risks associated with fueling China's economy.

2018/03/27 | The Conversation

OPINION: Barisan Nasional Election Manipulation Puts Democracy in Crisis

Malaysia's ruling coalition's dirty politics and gerrymandering make the administration a major part of the crisis besetting global democracy.

2018/05/02 | The Conversation

INDONESIA: Excluded from Society, Refugees Face Extreme Poverty, Suicide

Indonesia is a transit country for many refugees, but they face harsh conditions as they wait in limbo.

2018/04/04 | The Conversation

OPINION: Why is Xi Jinping Such an Enigma?

Xi has been compared to figures ranging from Vladimir Putin to Chiang Kai-shek.

2018/04/20 | The Conversation

OPINION: Why You Should Read and Re-read 'Dream of the Red Chamber'

Besides offering a deep peek into Qing Dynasty culture, the classic novel remains relevant today for readers of all ages.

2018/05/14 | The Conversation

4 Questions About Air Pollution and Your Health

Air pollution knows no boundaries and is a leading cause of early death worldwide.