Afghan Air Force Could Be Grounded After U.S. Pullout
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.
Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected
Alleged corruption and geopolitical worries have created a deadly shortage.
The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.
It’s the Roads, Stupid
Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.
U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy
The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.
Across the North Korean Border in China, an Economic Winter That Never Ends
The pandemic killed hopes of a trade boom.
Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America
Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.
Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again
With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.
Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit
Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.
China’s Diplomacy Is Limiting Its Own Ambitions
Beijing’s self-imposed problems make it a less threatening challenger than it seems.
The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea
Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.
Beijing Plans a Slow Genocide in Xinjiang
Chinese officials’ own words speak to plans to reduce Uyghur births.
As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk
Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.
The Asian Development Bank’s Green Future
The ADB won’t finance coal, but its bans on dirty fuel may not go far enough.
Taliban Map Out Future Vision for Afghanistan
The militant group’s spokesman vows to “continue our war” until Afghanistan has an Islamic government.
Afghanistan Swamped by COVID-19’s Third Wave
The government dithered and denied the pandemic’s severity. Now, a health disaster looms.