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Is Indonesia’s COVID-19 response too little, too late?

Indonesia’s coronavirus response started with denial, but subsequent action has met with public resistance.

Winners and losers in Indonesia’s plans for a new capital city

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo is forging ahead with his grand plans to replace Jakarta with a new capital on the island of Borneo.

COVID19 and India’s social and political fault lines

What is the COVID19 pandemic revealing about the existing social, political and economic fault lines in India?

The Kurdish struggle for political equality in Turkey

Although the Kurds form a very sizable minority in Turkey, there is little tolerance for those who stray from the dominant Turkish nationalist narrative. So

The demand for sand, and its impact in Asia

Sand mining, a surprisingly high-stakes enterprise, comes with considerable human and environmental costs.