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The blog echoes the remit of the RSAA, covering current affairs, culture, travel, exploration and recent history from the Levant to East Asia.

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Azerbaijani Geopolitics and Pax-Eurasiana

Dr Ferit Murat Ozkaleli is Associate Professor of International Affairs at ADA University in Azerbaijan…

Election in Modi’s India: Endangered Democracy

Dr Börje Ljunggren is former Swedish Ambassador to Vietnam (1994-97) and China (2002-06) On 19…

Jakarta’s future, and its beauty, lie hidden in its kampungs

Herald van der Linde is the author of Jakarta: History of a Misunderstood City and…

Young Nepalis Tricked into Fighting Putin’s War

Nick Hinton is Chairman of the Britain-Nepal NGO Network (BRANNGO) and a former British Gurkha…

Tibet’s Place in Asia’s Future: Repression, Resilience and Relevance

Dr Tsering Topgyal is a lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science…

Kazakhstan’s Anti-Corruption Efforts: progress, but for how long?

Photo credit: Kazakh journalist Samat Iskakov. The Light Rail Transit System aimed at promoting urban…

Narco-Drones: Chinese Technology and the Evolving War on Drugs

Marcus Andreopoulos – Senior Research Fellow at the International Policy Assessment Group of the Asia-Pacific…

From the River to the Sea

Matthew Teller is an author, journalist and documentary-maker who has spent many years living, working…

Kyrgyzstan’s Wild Walnut Woods

Chris Aslan is an author who has lived and worked across Central Asia. In Kyrgyzstan,…

Who will blink first? Recognising the Taliban in Afghanistan

Sophie Ibbotson is the Chairman of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and a consultant…

Another Juncture in Indonesia’s Democratic Consolidation

Edbert Gani Suryahudaya is a PhD student at the University of Toronto and a researcher…

Congress’ Growing New-Old Conundrum: Complicating Prospects of Opposition Unity in India

Soumyadeep Chowdhury is a postgraduate candidate in political science at St. Xavier’s College, University of…

Rapid Reforestation in Nepal

Lt Col (Retd) Philip Holmes OBE, Founder and CEO of Pipal Tree Pipal Tree and…

The Gardener of Lashkar Gah

An interview with author Larisa Brown about her new book The Gardener of Lashkar Gah, the powerful true story of the Afghans left behind as the Taliban retook Afghanistan.

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“Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity” – Notes on an exhibition at New York’s Asia Society Museum

Jenny Wu On June 15, 2022, the art exhibition Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese…

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Curriculum Reform and Diversification in Rural Nepal

Charlie Mackenzie Portlock, Chairman, Partners for Progress Nepal is home to the most formidable mountain…

Damage Control: Kazakhstan after the January 2022 Crisis

Professor Charles J Sullivan, Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan In early January 2022, the Republic of Kazakhstan…

Shah-i Zinda, Samrkand

Research, Reform, and Renaissance in Uzbekistan’s Cultural Heritage

Sophie Ibbotson, a Trustee of the RSAA, reports on progress in combatting cultural theft Indiana…