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The “big tiger’s” curtain call : a sign of lesser things to come?
The staging of China’s former security czar Zhou Yongkang’s secret trial last month suggests schisms in the upper echelons of the Chinese Communist Party. Crucially, it is a clear sign that further arrests of other ‘big ...
Luring Southeast Asian fighters to IS : the case of former GAM fighters
Former independence fighters in Aceh, Indonesia, have begun to express their intentions to join Islamic State (IS) and willingness to support jihadists in Iraq and Syria. This increases the security threat posed by IS to ...
Yoga and violence : international yoga day and Indian religious politics
While International Yoga Day seeks to promote spirituality and wellbeing, its origin may be linked to Hindu nationalist militant extremism. Will its benevolent ideals prevail?
Anti-Chinese protests in Turkey : relations with China under test
Protests in Turkey against alleged repression of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang have put China’s sensitive relationships with the Muslim world to the test. The protests raise the spectre of China’s restrictive policy towards ...
Late-in-life childbearing (Kōrei Shussan) in contemporary Japan
This paper draws on interviews with a group of 27 Japanese women who were classified as late-in-life-childbearing mothers, or kōrei shussan – women who had had their first delivery at 35 years of age or over. In making ...
Re-configuring the Middle East : IS and changing demographics
The Middle East’s multiple conflicts, with Islamic State (IS) in the forefront, are altering the contours of the Middle East in more ways than one. After effectively redrawing the map of Iraq and Syria with the creation ...
International yoga day controversy : India's soft power or Modi’s Hindu agenda?
Worldwide observance of the International Yoga Day has been criticised as attempting to promote Hindu nationalism, directly linked to Narendra Modi’s past affiliations with Hindu nationalist groups. Further analysis ...
Iran nuclear deal : expect limited US-Iran détente
The nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 countries have witnessed unprecedented diplomatic engagement between the United States and Iran. Contrary to expectations, a final nuclear deal will not achieve a ...
Denuclearisation talks with North Korea : time for China and Russia to act?
Recent diplomatic engagements between North Korea and Russia have raised the prospect of resuming denuclearisation talks between Pyongyang and the international community. What is the prospect of North Korea taking a ...
Will Greece exit from the Eurozone?
Political confrontation between Greece and its creditors has greatly heightened the possibility of the country exiting from the eurozone. But, at the end of the day, economics and common sense will prevail, and Greece will ...