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1. Jul 2020

A New Cold War? Can we maintain good academic relationships with China post Covid-19?

InFocus

Jørgen Delman, University of Copenhagen: As a social scientist working in the field of Chinese politics, I note with interest the speed with which perceptions of China changed these last months. A Cold War mentality is detectable. We hear from many parts of the world that China’s rise as a superpower is a challenge to […]

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22. Jun 2020

What’s Past Is Prologue – The Geopolitical Significance of Covid-19 for Southeast Asia

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Ann Maire Murphy, Seton Hall University As countries begin to reopen during the Covid-19 pandemic, strategic analysts are debating its impact on the future of geopolitics. Some contend that the pandemic could reshape the global order, accelerating China’s rise to international leadership while hastening the decline of the United States. Others argue that predictions of […]

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25. May 2020

Tackling intimate partner violence is not of interest to China

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 by Pia Eskelinen,  Doctoral Candidate at the Faculty of Law, University of Turku.   In early 2016, a legislation on domestic violence was implemented in China. However, the law does not provide adequate protection for the victims. And furthermore, intimate partner violence is often seen as normal thing within families or in other close relationships. In […]

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24. Apr 2020

This Virus Is Tough, but History Provides Perspective: The 1968 Pandemic and the Vietnam War

InFocus

By Nathaniel L. Moir, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University   2020 has been a rough year.  1968 was worse.  Granted, as of late April, we are only a third of the way into this tumultuous and frustrating new decade.  Unless the United States goes to war, loses important and mostly celebrated political […]

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15. Apr 2020

Covid-19: The test of Pashtuns’ mechanical solidarity

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By Naveed Ahmad Shinwari, School of Global Studies, University of Sussex At the time of writing this piece, Pakistan stood at number 33 in the list of countries affected by Covid-19 with 5,038 citizens having tested positive out of 61,801 tested. A total of 1,026 have recovered from the illness, while 86 Pakistanis have sadly […]

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14. Apr 2020

Calm in the Eye of the Cyclone

InFocus

By Jakub Polansky, University of Sussex In August 2019, I embarked on a year-long journey to Khorog, a town in the south-eastern part of Tajikistan, to research cross-border trade along the Afghan-Tajik border. As part of my fieldwork, I recently drove to the local bazaar to talk to the owners of Khorog’s second-hand clothes businesses. […]

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4. Apr 2020

The time to “sober up” has arrived: Could COVID-19 provide the global wake-up call the world needs?

InFocus

By Saba Karim Khan, NYU Abu Dhabi Last week, my brother sent me a video from the China Global Television Network. The video opened with a warning, addressed to no one in particular but to the world in general: “Sober up. Covid-19 respects no national borders, no social bounds, no political systems and no cultural […]

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31. Mar 2020

Covid-19, International Trade and Global China: Reflections from Yiwu

China, COVID-19, InFocus

By Magnus Marsden, University of Sussex The Covid-19 epidemic has in all likelihood brought to an end the fieldwork activities of the TRODITIES project. Since 2015, team members have documented and analysed the dynamics of the Chinese international trade city of Yiwu that is a base to over 12,000 foreign traders and a key hub […]

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30. Mar 2020

Announcement: the InFocus blog has relaunched!

COVID-19, InFocus

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the relevance of posting insightful analyses has become apparent. We are therefore content to announce that the InFocus blog has relaunched!

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18. Sep 2015

Craft, Currencies, and Ritual Orders in a Northern Thai village

Field work, InFocus, minorities, Thailand

Henrik Kloppenborg Møller is an anthropologist and PhD candidate at the Department of Sociology, Lund University. His PhD project examines the organization of the trade in jade between Northern Myanmar and China, and the role of jade in Chinese cosmology. Henrik has done fieldwork among jade traders and carvers in the town of Ruili on China’s […]

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