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Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission limps on

On 9 February 2019, the operational mandate of Nepal’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Commission of Investigation on Enforced Disappeared Persons (CIEDP) was due… Read More


Regional wrap

The last fortnight was an especially busy one for the Indo-Pacific region’s policymakers. The US withdrawal from the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty with… Read More

Australia’s Indo-Pacific pitch: What’s in it for the Quad?

In January, at the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi, Foreign Minister Marise Payne enunciated her government’s pitch to develop closer relations with India. Her speech was… Read More

India’s employment crisis

The Indian government recently got mired in controversy when it apparently tried to suppress a report from the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) that the… Read More

Sustainable agricultural practices for rural female tea smallholders in Sri Lanka

Ki-Hoon Lee and project team discuss the sustainable agricultural practices with the project facilitators in an experimental tea block in Hatton, Sri Lanka. Agriculture… Read More

Year of the pig 2019

This year the Chinese New Year falls on 5 February. Traditionally, the Chinese go by the lunar calendar. The first day of the year in… Read More

Will Indonesia act to end legal child marriage?

It’s hoped a ruling last month by the country’s Constitutional Court (MK) will lead to an end to child marriage in Indonesia where one in… Read More

Supernatural beliefs in today’s China

A recent Global Times article  states that the disciplinary authority of the Xiamen Communist Party branch will pursue members who believe in ghosts and supernatural… Read More

Why the Quad won’t ever be an Asian NATO

The most recent meeting of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Singapore last November suggests that the US,… Read More

Not-so-new silk roads: Japan’s foreign policies on Asian connectivity infrastructure under the radar

CAREC may have a little known history as a prototype for the Belt and Road Initiative. The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program (CAREC) was… Read More

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