History is repeating in Southeast Asia. Filipinos and now Indonesians have elected leaders with links to their countries dark pasts, raising questions about whether strongman politics is back in the region and whether it is here to stay. Its return could risk hard-won progress on democracy and human rights.
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On February 8, drowned out by the flood of commentary that followed his interview with Tucker Carlson, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave the Kremlin one week to prepare a draft decree on the Strategy for Technological Development of the Russian Federation and update its list of Russia’s most important science-intensive technologies.
Tucker Carlson began his interview of President Vladimir Putin with the words, “On February 24, 2022, you addressed your country in your nationwide address when the conflict in Ukraine started….”
Will Seoul address ‘thorny’ issue of healthcare reform as doctors protest for higher wages, lawsuit protection?
Low wages for doctors in the public sector and growing threats of lawsuits from patients have pushed some doctors to switch to more lucrative but low-risk specialities such as dermatology and plastic surgery, resulting in understaffed vital public sector services.
When Russian economist Sergei Guriev and The Conversation sat down to speak on the morning of February 16, the news of the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny hadn’t yet broken. In fact, we discussed how the international community could best protect Guriev‘simprisoned friend.
Over the past few years, some Western commentators have proclaimed the “decline of China.” They argue China’s economy is failing, its youth are alienated and unemployed, it abuses human rights and represses its people, and its demographic decline means that China will never rise to surpass Western power.