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2018/02/20 | Julian Kirchherr
Dams on Myanmar’s Irrawaddy River Could Fuel Greater Conflict
Myanmar’s best potential hydropower sites are all in conflict areas.
2018/02/18 | Sam Swash
REVIEW: 'The Authoritarian Public Sphere' Ponders the Resilience of Dictatorships
In this book, Alexander Dukalskis offers insight into the efforts of three of Asia’s longest standing authoritarian regimes to legitimize and maintain their rule.
2018/02/17 | Amrita Malhi
OPINION: The Malaysian Election Campaign is Already Exhausting
One can only hope that as the election draws nearer, messages will become clearer and Malaysians’ energy will return.
2018/02/14 | Suzanne Pepper
OPINION: 'Political Prisoner' Headlines Spark Judicial Rethink in Hong Kong
The distinctions between independence and self-determination should provide ample scope for legal minds to ponder.
Uyghur Extraditions Reveal China's Growing Surveillance State
China's concern about growing Uyghur unrest has led to Orwellian measures being imposed on Xinjiang and elsewhere.
2018/02/13 | Cherian George
Making a Success of Succession in Singapore
This is the first time in the republic’s history that there is a genuine and potentially far-reaching choice of leader, which makes it a shame that Tharman Shanmugaratnam appears to be out of the game.
2018/02/12 | Coco Dollanganger
OPINION: Here's What You Don't Know about Why Filipinos Support Duterte
A chance to understand why Filipinos still love Duterte despite the constant negativity surrounding his policies and rhetoric.
Has Cambodia's Democracy Come to an End?
Cambodia may be transitioning to a new Chinese-inspired model of government.
2018/02/05 | Suzanne Pepper
What Edward Yiu's Reprieve Tells Us about Decision-making in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's civil servants are taking it upon themselves to act as thought police on Beijing's behalf.
2018/02/02 | Peter Guest
Raffles Still Looms Large over Post-colonial Singapore
The question of whether and how Singapore marks its bicentennial in 2019 throws up searching questions over its colonial and political past.