Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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A woman at a candlelight vigil in Colombo, Sri Lanka in 2017, in remembrance of the minority Tamils missing since the Sri Lankan civil war ended in 2009. ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP via Getty Images

Human Rights and the Sri Lankan Election

Sri Lanka will hold its presidential election on November 16. In the decade since the end of its long-running internal conflict, lack of progress on human rights, reconciliation, and accountability has kept concern for these issues on the international agenda. I asked Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch, about the human rights issues at stake in this election. Our exchange appears below. Read More

November 12, 2019

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia Faces Graver Peril From Climate Change Than Previously Thought

Rising seas will endanger more than three hundred million people in the next thirty years, according to a startling new study published in late October in the journal Nature Communications.

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November 4, 2019

India Says No to Trade Bloc. Will It Ever Say Yes to Tough Reforms?

It shouldn’t really surprise that in the end, after seven long years of deliberation, India decided against joining the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

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October 31, 2019

Ill Winds: A Review

Renowned democracy expert Larry Diamond argues in his sweeping new book, Ill Winds: Saving Democracy from Russian Rage, Chinese Ambition, and American Complacency, that there are multiple major threats to democracy today, a time when authoritarianism is on the rise and democracy has been regressing, globally, for more than a decade. After briefly offering an overview of how effective democracy should work, Diamond ticks off a list of these threats.

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