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Thailand’s Cannabis Policy Experiment
2023-03-23 23:00
Author: Peter Warr, ANU In June 2022, the Thai government took the bold step of decriminalising the production, sale and personal use of cannabis. Huge consequences have followed, and other… Read More
China’s Gender Policies After Zero-COVID
2023-03-23 11:00
Author: Chen Chen, US Council on Foreign Relations In November 2022 a female undergraduate stood outside a cafeteria at Tsinghua University in Beijing with a blank sheet of paper — a s… Read More
The Social Credit System As Method
2023-03-22 11:00
Author: Haiqing Yu, RMIT University China’s social credit system is widely viewed in the West as a digital surveillance system to categorise and guide people through reward and punishm… Read More
China Is Ageing Gracefully, For Now
2023-03-20 01:00
Author: Editorial Board, ANU China has a new Premier. Former Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang has taken the number two spot in China from Li Keqiang, who retired after two terms even as his… Read More
How China Can Multilateralise The BRI
2023-03-10 23:00
Author: Huiyao Wang, Southwestern University of Finance and Economics At the end of 2022, 150 countries and 32 international organisations had signed more than 200 cooperation documents rela… Read More
Monks And Militias In Myanmar
2023-03-09 23:00
Authors: Amara Thiha and Marte Nilsen, PRIO The political implications of ultra-nationalist Buddhist monks and ideologies in Myanmar received much attention in the years before the 2021 mili… Read More
Crime In Japan Is Back To Normal
2023-03-08 11:00
Author: Martina Baradel, Oxford University In July 2022, the violent killing of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, shot at close range in the middle of an electoral speech, shocked J… Read More
Addressing Ageism In China’s Workforce
2023-03-06 11:00
Author: Tianlei Huang, PIIE China’s aging population presents many challenges for its economy, including a shrinking workforce and increased pressure on the healthcare and pension syst… Read More
Taiwan Heading Into Its Super-aged Era
2023-03-04 11:00
Author: James C. T. Hsueh, National Taiwan University Like most Western industrialised countries, Taiwan experienced a sustained decline in fertility rates and increased life expectancy that… Read More
Protecting Domestic Workers In Indonesia
2023-03-02 23:00
Author: Dian Maya Safitri, Economy of Francesco In December 2022, in West Java, Indonesia, news that a domestic worker had been held captive, tortured, deprived of food and forced to work lo… Read More
Betting On Economic Recovery In Macau
2023-03-01 23:00
Author: Fangli Hu and Jun Wen, Edith Cowan University In light of China ending its zero-COVID policy, Macau is seeking to recover its tourism-based economy. Success will depend on the effect… Read More
The Highly Charged Geopolitics Of Lithium
2023-02-28 23:00
Author: Marina Yue Zhang, UTS Clean energy technologies are essential to achieve the decarbonisation targets set in the Paris Agreement. Critical minerals — including lithium, nickel… Read More
Hun Manet: Cambodia’s Rising Son
2023-02-27 23:00
Author: Charles Dunst, CSIS Three out of four Cambodians have never known life without Hun Sen. The Prime Minister, currently the longest serving one in the world, came into power during the… Read More
Seeing Through The Clean Hydrogen Hype
2023-02-24 11:00
Author: Andrew Blakers, ANU In 2021, Australian company Star Scientific signed an agreement with the Philippine government to develop green hydrogen as a fuel source. This agreement joins a… Read More
Finding Hope In Tuvalu’s Digital Nation
2023-02-20 23:00
Author: Colette Mortreux, University of Melbourne In response to the climate crisis, Tuvalu’s Minister of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, Simon Kofe, announced at COP27 the… Read More
Asia’s Coming Demographic Divergence
2023-02-18 00:00
Author: Andrew L Oros, Washington College The trend of Asian populations growing and moving to cities — providing cheap labour, demand for modern infrastructure and high economic growt… Read More
A Tough Year For Democracy In Nepal
2023-02-15 11:00
Authors: Rumela Sen, Columbia University and Naresh Gyawali, Kathmandu TS Eliot warned in his 1925 poem that the world ends ‘not with a bang but a whimper’. Almost a century late… Read More
Myanmar’s Arrested Environmental Activism
2023-02-13 11:00
Authors: Adam Simpson, University of South Australia, Thomas Kean, International Crisis Group, and Susan Park, University of Sydney In the two years since the military coup in February 2021… Read More
China’s Unprepared Reopening
2023-02-10 23:42
Authors: Siyu Qian, China and Li Mingjiang, RSIS China has had a rollercoaster experience in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic after the relaxation of the COVID-zero policy. While the situa… Read More
Vietnam Needs A Green Bond Legal Framework
2023-02-10 11:00
Author: Hanh Minh Duong, Georgetown University As the need for climate action has intensified, green finance has become a popular tool for developing countries that wish to achieve economic… Read More
CBAM Creates Key Opportunity For Indonesia
2023-02-08 23:00
Authors: Novia Xu and Nadya Daulay, CSIS The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is the manifestation of the European Union’s (EU) ambitions to lead in global climate policy and… Read More
A Glimmer Of Hope For North Korea In 2023
2023-02-08 11:00
Author: Jamie Reilly, University of Sydney For the people of North Korea, 2022 was another difficult year. But as 2023 dawns, glimmers of hope are emerging as the country’s foreign tra… Read More
Rethinking The AI Wave In Digital Warfare
2023-02-07 04:00
Author: Michael Raska, NTU Cyber operations have been evolving as part of major wars and conflicts over the past three decades. Yet modern militaries have struggled to align advanced cyber c… Read More
Can Fiji Keep Its Democracy In 2023?
2023-02-03 11:00
Author: Richard Herr, University of Tasmania The most important event for Fiji in 2022 was the peaceful transfer of power on Christmas Eve, 10 days after a general election saw former prime… Read More
Vietnam’s Social Insurance Dilemma
2023-02-02 11:00
Author: Tu Phuong Nguyen, University of Adelaide At the end of 2022, there were reports of long queues of employees in Ho Chi Minh City who had been waiting since dawn at several local offic… Read More
Laos Must Address Rising Inflation In 2023
2023-02-01 11:00
Authors: Chanhsy Samavong, Laos Macroeconomic Research Institute, and Buavanh Vilavong, Laos Ministry of Industry and Commerce The Lao economy has been seriously impacted by rising inflation… Read More

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