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Belarus’s Winding Path to a Post-Soviet Identity
by Nelly Bekus
“Some of the state’s recent initiatives have sought to reappropriate ethno-cultural and pre-Soviet history and tradition, shaping a new politics of identity.”
Azerbaijan’s Missed Opportunities
by Farid Guliyev
“The consequences of this missed opportunity are serious and will be felt in the not-so-distant future when the oil deposits have drained away.”
Perspective: Latvia’s Russian Questions
by Kevin M. F. Platt
Many ethnic Russians in the Baltic state are still excluded from full citizenship and tend to be susceptible to Moscow’s influence through cross-border media.
Books: The Price of Excluding the ‘Unworthy’
by Catherine Wanner
A medical anthropologist explains how a popular view of drug addicts as devoid of morality and autonomy has contributed to an HIV/AIDS epidemic in Ukraine.
The Lose-Lose Trade War
by Xiangfeng Yang
“The feud not only has precipitated an economic decoupling of the United States and China, but also has pushed the overall bilateral relationship to its lowest point in half a century.”
China’s Social Credit System: Data-Driven Governance for a ‘New Era’
by Larry Catá Backer
“Social credit redirects the power of data away from markets and strengthens the state’s ability to comprehensively control behavior.” First in a series on ways of governing.
Japan’s Model of Immigration Without Immigrants
by Erin Aeran Chung
“[T]he government opted for piecemeal solutions that would temporarily meet domestic needs for labor while maintaining official closed-door policies.”
Australia’s Refugee Detention Regime: Offshore and Unaccountable
by Amy Nethery
“[T]he idea that being ‘tough on asylum’ wins elections has become one of the great enduring myths of Australian politics, and apparently both major parties have decided that the stakes are too high to try anything different.”
Perspective: Gay Marriage in Taiwan and the Struggle for Recognition
by Howard Chiang
Advances for minority rights in Taiwan may help make the case for independence at a time when China has increased pressure for reunification and faces protests in Hong Kong.
Books: Japanese Ingredients for a Good Old Age
by Jason Danely
Convivial meeting places that cultivate a sense of purpose and belonging are a key to happiness among the rapidly growing cohort of elderly people in Japan.
Nigeria’s Two Decades of Zero-Sum Democracy
by Ebenezer Obadare
“[T]he more distant the experience of military rule, the greater has been society’s reconciliation to the reality of democracy as the only game in town.”
South Africa’s Precarious Black Middle Class
by Roger Southall
“The precarity of daily existence for so many black middle-class South Africans is heightened by dependence on political connections.” Ninth in a series on social mobility around the world.