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The blog echoes the remit of the RSAA and the Journal, covering current affairs, culture, travel, exploration and recent history from the Levant to South-East Asia. The opinions expressed are not those of the Journal or the RSAA, but of the individual contributor.

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Breakthrough or Breakdown: Thailand’s Latest Political Pandemonium

Dr Bijan Omrani, Editor of Asian Affairs, the RSAA Journal, reports on this week’s online…

After the elections: where next for US/Asia relations?

Dr Bijan Omrani, Editor of the Asian Affairs Journal, reports on this week’s RSAA online…

Silence in Hong Kong: a Focused Purpose Achieved

Angus Forsyth responds to Martin Purbrick’s 6 July blog with an alternative view of the…

As silence is imposed, freedom is a whisper in Hong Kong

Martin Purbrick looks at the impact of the Safeguarding National Security law in Hong Kong…

In Afghanistan, Coronavirus Threatens More Than a Medical Catastrophe

Rupert Stone looks at the likely impact of coronavirus in Afghanistan and anticipates worrying consequences…

China’s Responsibility for the Covid-19 Crisis – Should we be cautious about pursuing it through the courts? – Nick Kenny

Nick Kenny holds a master’s degree from the University of Oxford, and is now studying…

The Singapore Circuit-Breaker: COVID-19 in a City State

Eleanor Thorp has shared this view of  the successes and uncertainties of Singapore’s life with…

Another decade, another aspect of living in the United Arab Emirates – now with the corona virus pandemic – Dr Frauke Heard-Bey

Dr Frauk Heard-Bey, the RSAA’s local Honorary Secretary in Abu Dhabi, offers this picture of…

A Letter from Hong Kong – 21 May 2020

As Martin Purbrick (@mtpurbrick) leaves Hong Kong he reflects again on Covid-19 and Hong Kong’s…

Pakistan’s corona crisis puts Britain’s in perspective

Rupert Stone comments on the impact of Covid-19 in Pakistan While much of Europe and…

Asian Affairs Journal Special Issue 2020 – Call for Articles: Environment and Social Justice in Asia

Articles are invited for a special issue of the Asian Affairs Journal on the subject…

A Letter from Hong Kong – 20 April

Martin Purbrick (@mtpurbrick), the RSAA’s honorary local secretary in Hong Kong, continues his commentary on…

A Letter from Hong Kong

Coronavirus may be keeping us at home, but the RSAA is lucky to have members…

Sir David Akers-Jones GBM KBE CMG

Sir David Akers-Jones, local honorary secretary of the RSAA in Hong Kong, died on 30…

Batumi: Marseilles of the Caucasus

Hardly anyone ‘goes to Batumi’. It appears in travel accounts as the gateway to the…

Cazenove in Vietnam

Paul Cheeseright is a former FT correspondent, and also is a member of the Asian…

The Return of the Prodigal: A Turk visits Central Asia

Nagihan Haliloglu is an assistant professor at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and a…

An Englishman in Japan

Dr Carl Hunter formerly served as an officer with the Green Jackets, and is now…