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A tiger crosses a road in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Aditya Singh/AFP via Getty Images

GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist in Asia

An infrastructure boom threatens endangered tigers across Asia. Scientists want to know more about how tigers behave near roads so they can design wildlife-friendly transportation networks.
A guard outside the National Convention Center in Hanoi, January 26, 2021. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Book excerpt: ‘Misconceptions about Vietnam’

In a new book, Hiên Do Benoit looks at Vietnam’s society, culture and political and economic history, and provides us with the keys to understanding this state unlike any other..
A rally against violence toward Asian Americans, after the March 16 attack in Atlanta, Georgia, that killed eight people, including six Chinese and Korean women. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Two stereotypes that diminish the humanity of the Atlanta shooting victims – and all Asian Americans

The media tends to render Asian Americans as either a 'perpetual foreigner' or 'model minority' – both stereotypes that have been levied in tandem against immigrants from Asia since the 1830s.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in the Korean demilitarized zone in June 2019.

Did Donald Trump ease tensions with North Korea?

Donald Trump avoided a major crisis with North Korea. But the North Korean nuclear issue remains unresolved as the country continues to develop its nuclear and ballistic capabilities.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel, connected via video with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, hold a news conference after a virtual summit with China’s President in Brussels on September 14, 2020. Yves Herman/AFP

As Trump fades, the EU and US find common cause in facing up to China

The October launch of the "EU-US Dialogue on China" shows that the two shores of the Atlantic have come to recognise the importance of coordination and cooperation when facing up to Xi Jinping.
India’s civil society has opposed engineering-based water management such as large dams, river linking and canal irrigation, for environmental and social reasons, but often ideological reasons. www.unsplash.com/@akshat_agrawal11

How India’s civil society can shape the country’s water policy

India's civil society, which for the past 30 years has been critical of India's water policies, now has the opportunity to drive the policy recommendations for water management.
European Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak as they attend a news conference following a virtual summit with Chinese President in Brussels, on June 22, 2020. Yves Herman/Pool/AFP

The EU’s new defensive approach to a rising China

Long lenient toward China, Europeans have recently taken a firmer approach. Beijing's conduct during the Covid-19 pandemic and its general intransigence have had a lot to do with this.
Anger in Kathmandu: activists protested outside the Indian embassy in May after the construction of a link road between India and Tibet. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Nepal is caught in the middle of India-China border tensions

Nepal is angry that India is encroaching into the Kalpani region of the Himalayas, which Nepal claims as its own.
Protesters hold signs outside women’s fashion designer Eudon Choi in London during Fashion Week in 2017. Elena Rostenova/www.shutterstock.com

Python skin jackets and elephant leather boots: How wealthy Western nations help drive the global wildlife trade

The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.
Burning confiscated elephant ivory and animal horns in Myanmar’s first public display of action against the illegal wildlife trade, Oct. 4, 2018. Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty Images

Can Asia end its uncontrolled consumption of wildlife? Here’s how North America did it a century ago

In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?

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