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In South Korea, an experimental school prioritizes happiness

Prachi Vidwans

Many believe reforming the demanding educational system requires changing the country’s very culture.

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The latest from the institute’s fellows writing about Greece, West Africa, LGBTQ+ issues in Taiwan, youth culture and society in South Korea and Russians fleeing the war in Ukraine. Sign up for emails to follow their research.

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Russian exiles in Armenia part of a 180-year traditionRussian exiles in Armenia part of a 180-year tradition

Russian exiles in Armenia part of a 180-year tradition

Aron Ouzilevski
But the wartime context is making it difficult to forget troubles back home.

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Transgender performers in Taiwan take on personal and political issuesTransgender performers in Taiwan take on personal and political issues

Transgender performers in Taiwan take on personal and political issues

Edric Huang
Humor becomes a way to channel subversion and joy.

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Greece in a changing Europe: Final reportGreece in a changing Europe: Final report

Greece in a changing Europe: Final report

Steven Tagle
Its borders are front lines of European security, energy and migration issues

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Global Currents

Analysis and commentary on developments the institute is watching.

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In a cost-of-living crisis, East Asian youth scale back their dreamsIn a cost-of-living crisis, East Asian youth scale back their dreams

In a cost-of-living crisis, East Asian youth scale back their dreams

ICWA fellows on the burden of rising prices and inequality in South Korea and Taiwan.

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After Navalny’s death, Russian exile leaders urge greater opposition After Navalny’s death, Russian exile leaders urge greater opposition 

After Navalny’s death, Russian exile leaders urge greater opposition 

The West must repel the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine and prepare for a long transition of power in Moscow, dissidents say.

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ICWA fellows on a consequential year for democracy

Key elections are taking place in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

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