Asia

The Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

August 15th 2021 marks the end of the 20-year American era in Afghanistan, as the Taliban seized the capital Kabul. In little more than a week, Taliban fighters overran more than a dozen provincial capitals. Thanks to a series of negotiated surrenders by government forces, they entered Kabul with no resistance. This triggered the departure
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The Tokyo Olympics: A Light of Hope or Another Lost Dream?

COVID-19 left the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Japanese authorities with little choice but to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games originally planned to be kicked off last July. 11.000 Olympic athletes, 4.400 Paralympic athletes, and 80.000 unpaid volunteers were significantly affected as one of the most prestigious sporting events was forced to
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Democracy in the Stans: a myth or a future prospect?

The case of Central Asia's "island of democracy", Kyrgyzstan

The Stans is a geographical region of Central Asia consisting of 5 post-Soviet republics, who share a nomadic past and mostly Turkic-based languages. After the demise of communist rule, Central Asian republics became darlings of Western NGOs, funds, and sponsors. However, numerous attempts of outsiders to promote democracy in the region didn’t yield expected results,
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Why are the Farmers in India Protesting?

Indian farmers, mainly from northern Punjab and Haryana states, have been protesting recently implemented agricultural bills since November of last year and have gained massive international attention. Although the three bills were intended to modernize India’s farming sector, farmers worry that it will disempower them and possibly decrease their quality of life. Protestors have been
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