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South Korea’s young people are fed up with party politics

Prachi Vidwans

Tired of being excluded and ignored, activists are working to ‘seize power’ from elites

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Dispatches

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 indie musicians navigate exileRussian indie musicians navigate exile

Russian indie musicians navigate exile

Aron Ouzilevski
Onetime headliners back home are finding new audiences abroad.

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A Seoul drag queen on a missionA Seoul drag queen on a mission

A Seoul drag queen on a mission

Prachi Vidwans
A performer and activist who grew up alienated by South Korea’s conservative culture is working to build a diverse, accepting community.

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Letter from TaipeiLetter from Taipei

Letter from Taipei

Edric Huang
Reflections about family and queer connection over Lunar New Year.

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Global Currents

Analysis and commentary on developments the institute is watching.

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Forcing a ‘Russian law,’ Georgia’s government is complicating EU prospectsForcing a ‘Russian law,’ Georgia’s government is complicating EU prospects

Forcing a ‘Russian law,’ Georgia’s government is complicating EU prospects

A year after major street protests forced the ruling party to back down over ‘foreign agents’ legislation, it’s bent on success this time, Tbilisi-based ICWA fellow Aron Ouzilevski says.

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Earthquake response burnishes Taiwan’s international reputationEarthquake response burnishes Taiwan’s international reputation

Earthquake response burnishes Taiwan’s international reputation

ICWA fellow Edric Huang witnessed the largest quake to hit the island in 25 years.

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EU reforms asylum system but core problems remainEU reforms asylum system but core problems remain

EU reforms asylum system but core problems remain

ICWA fellows on the push factors driving migrants to Europe and voter support for stricter control.

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