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Weighing up the legacy of Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte remains popular with ordinary Filipinos. What’s the basis for this and what are the long term consequences of his attacks on democracy?

Intimate connections and exit strategies in a changing Japan

Arranged marriages are on the wane and defacto relationships and same-sex unions no longer rare. As the nature of unions changes, so is the practice of parting.

The political battle over health policy in Indonesia

Oligarchic elites with ties to business and the military are thwarting improvements in healthcare for ordinary people.

Law and disorder in China-Australia relations

Can a better appreciation of how concepts of law and justice differ between Australia and China help get relations onto a better footing?

Is democracy at risk in India?

Just how robust is the nation’s democracy? How does India reconcile its membership in coalitions of democracies, such as the Quad, with criticism at home over the erosion of religious and media freedoms?