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2022/02/17 | East Asia Forum

Presidential Politics Heats up in Indonesia

Jokowi and his coalition partners have been preoccupied not just with the remaining two years of this presidential term, but also with the remainder of the decade. They have been prepared to countenance options that are contrary to democratic principles.

2022/07/05 | Ian Murphy

How the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Works — And How It Will Affect Taiwan

The IPEF represents a deepening of the U.S.’s economic ties with countries in the Indo-Pacific. Though Taiwan has not been included, there are opportunities for similar initiatives.

2022/03/23 | The Interpreter

China’s Women ‘Hold Up Half the Sky’

Entrenched gender inequality and the heavy hand of censors can no longer silence female voices in China.

2022/06/10 | James X. Morris

Local Groups Are Surveying Cemeteries in New Taipei, Marking a Possible Change in Public Opinions Towards Graveyard Heritage

Activists are making a case to the city government why these cemeteries are valuable heritage resources through their survey.

2022/08/10 | The Interpreter

ICC Pushes Probe on the Philippines’ Drug War

The Philippines’ decision not to rejoin the International Criminal Court sets a precedent for other countries to leave multilateral institutions whenever state leaders feel intimidated or uncomfortable.

2022/09/19 | East Asia Forum

Yoon Scrambles To Restore Domestic Confidence

With approval ratings bottoming out at 24%, President Yoon Suk-yeol carried out the first reshuffle of his office, but it's too early to tell whether the move will restore domestic confidence in his presidency.

2022/04/15 | The Interpreter

The Problem With Postcards From Myanmar

Myanmar is opening up to foreign tourists, but it’s not just Covid-19 that poses a risk.

2022/03/08 | The Interpreter

Reading Southeast Asia on Ukraine

Russia’s invasion has unified the West with new clarity, yet exposed ambiguity and uncertainty in Southeast Asia.

2022/11/24 | The Interpreter

Worth a Thousand Words: What Kim Jong‑Un’s Daughter Photo Tells

The appearance of Kim’s daughter at an ICBM launch underscores how the regime sees its nuclear weapons program as a fixture and that the North Korean leadership is willing and prepared to continue on this path.

2022/05/03 | The Interpreter

Musk’s Twitter: Tweet Freedom for Asia?

Japan is the platform’s second biggest market with around 55 million accounts, followed by India.

2022/09/08 | East Asia Forum

Malaysia’s Institutional Uncertainty

Despite graft conviction, Najib Razak’s return to power could be imaginable given the power dynamics in UMNO. As a first step, he is now seeking a pardon from the king.

2022/12/14 | The Interpreter

A Step-up for China’s Involvement in the Middle East

Beijing will soon supplant Washington as a dominant security partner ­– and the Arab world sees a chance for leverage.

2022/03/15 | Kirsten Han

Singapore’s Elastic Commitment to Accountability

Raeesah Khan’s case shows that the latitude we’re willing to give to untruths and screw-ups varies depending on what the ruling party might be able to get out of it.

2022/05/20 | The Interpreter

Lies, Damn Lies, and North Korea’s Covid Statistics

Why has Pyongyang suddenly fessed up to an outbreak after years of insisting the virus has been held completely at bay?

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.

2022/03/09 | Ian Murphy

What Ukraine Means for Taiwan’s Security

Although authoritarian states implement similar strategies against their military targets, there’s important distinctions worth keeping in mind when comparing the war in Ukraine to a potential cross-strait conflict.