Asia

China’s Seat at the Arctic Table: Beijing’s Strategy for the Far North

Article by Caterina Tarozzi | Illustration by Beatrice Bandiera The strategically important Arctic region is reigniting geopolitical tensions to Cold War levels. Prompted by the consequences of global warming, new economic opportunities and mounting legal claims are making the inhospitable region a new Iron Curtain, where the energy policies...

Has Modi Failed in His Promises to India?

Article by William Samir Simpson | Illustration by Niccolò Cedeno   In recent months, the Indian farmers’ protest has been covered prominently by both Indian and foreign media outlets, with at least 250 million workers taking part in a nationwide general strike as an objection to a series of...

Apam Aitkan (Mom Said) | Zere

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Apam Aitkan, in English ‘Mom said’, is the title of the new song by the young Kyrgyz singer and activist Zere Asylbek, become famous in 2018 with the song Kyz (Girl). Released in November 2020, the song is about the harassment...

Something brewing in Kyrgyzstan, again

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly After the 4 October parliamentary elections, Kyrgyzstan was shaken by violent protests. The Kyrgyz population took to the streets in the capital Bishkek and throughout the country to protest the results of the vote. The two parties close to the current...

What is going on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan?

Article by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Francesco Moretti On Sunday, July 12th,  hostilities broke out on the border between the Tavush Province of Armenia and Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district. The clashes don’t have a clear dynamic yet. The authorities of both countries blame each other for starting the hostilities...

The Empty City to the Gates of Hell | Jay Tindall

Commentary by Angelachiara Allegretti | Illustration by Armadilly Comics Turkmenistan is one of the most isolated yet interesting countries in the world. There is a National Holiday dedicated to horses, foreigners can’t correctly pronounce the President’s name, and most of the social media is censored. For all these reasons,...

Hong Kong is dying, but has it ever been given a chance to live?

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Silvia Baccanti “No other concept is as powerful, visceral, emotional, unruly, as steep in creating aspirations and hopes as self-determination.”   (Wolfgang Danspeckgruber) It’s official. While the rest of the world was busy fighting covid-19 and while social distancing made protests less likely,...

The Chinese chase for the American soft power

Article by Alessia Petrucci | Illustration by Chiara Zilioli   ‘’Foreign policy, as nature, refuses emptiness’’ (Francesco Costa)   Since the end of the Cold War, the international system changed. Experts now consider it a “liquid system”, not only because there aren’t two super powers constantly challenging each other...

The importance of the lesser evil: why world politics still needs Kim Jong-un

Article by Laura Morazzini | Illustration by Guido Brualdi   For two weeks, the world held its breath. On April 15 Kim Jong-un’s absence at the celebration for his grandfather’s birthday didn’t go unnoticed and sparked rumours about Kim’s possible demise. His reappearance on May 2 relieved some observers...