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How a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan affects security in the region

Since the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, the harboring of extremist or terrorist groups, continued high numbers of displaced Afghans, and ramped up production of opium are key concerns for neighboring nations.

Policing political discourse in Malaysia

Malaysia has passed laws which restrict discussion of the 3 “R”s: race, religion, and royalty. What is the effect on democracy and society?

How Australia’s future depends on better understanding Asia

Prioritising Asia-focused education would seem essential for Australia, but recent trends indicate a decline in Asian language and studies programs in Australian universities.

Policy reversals and political impact in China

China’s government has made significant policy shifts in recent months, including lifting the zero-COVID policy. Dr Chris Buckley, chief China correspondent for The New York Times, examines the situation.

The future of Taiwan-China relations: Is the status quo the best option?

Is simply maintaining the One China policy indefinitely a viable long-term strategy? What is the best outcome that the Taiwanese people can realistically hope for?