Asia Pacific

Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace
Trump, Kim, and the Challenge of Peace

While many are hopeful about the current back and forth between Trump and Kim, the history of US-North Korea relations gives little cause for hope.

Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics
Goodbye Ahok, Hello “BTP”: Inside Indonesia’s Convoluted Politics

On January 24, 2019, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, formerly known by his nickname Ahok and now as “BTP,” was released from prison. What happens to him will tell us much about Indonesia’s political future.

First, They Came for the First Commandment - China - Religious Persecution
First, They Came for the First Commandment

Last November, a government squad in Henan Province, China, removed the First Commandment, “You shall have no other gods before me,” from a display at a state-sanctioned Three-Self Patriotic Movement church because an official determined it was inconsistent with Chinese policy.

What an Imprisoned Chinese Pastor can Teach Christians About the Limits of State Power

Recently, in China, over 100 Christian pastors were imprisoned, charged with “inciting subversion to state power.” Among those jailed was…

John Allen Chau’s Death and the Moral High Ground: Marc LiVecche Responds to a Critique Amy Fallas
John Allen Chau’s Death and an Old Debate over Missions: Marc LiVecche Responds to a Critique

Marc LiVecche is grateful to Amy Fallas for responding to his essay discussing the death of John Allen Chau. But he’s not entirely convinced she’s advanced the conversation all that much. Rather than challenge anything the essay said, LiVecche thinks she has confirmed it.

The Prosecution of Asia Bibi Shows Why Blasphemy Laws Are a National Security Issue
The Prosecution of Asia Bibi Shows Why Blasphemy Laws Are a National Security Issue

The US should grant asylum to Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five whose blasphemy trial and acquittal have embroiled Pakistan in violence. The aftermath of her deserved acquittal teaches an even larger lesson, for it demonstrates once again how restricting religious freedom can tear a nation apart.

What John Allen Chau's Martyrdom Can Teach Us about Missions and Foreign Policy
What John Allen Chau’s Martyrdom Can Teach Us about Missions and Foreign Policy

John Allen Chau’s martyrdom provokes questions about the role religion plays in relations between peoples and about encounters between the West and developing cultures.

Blasphemy Returns as a Political Weapon in Indonesia
Blasphemy Returns as a Political Weapon in Indonesia

A seemingly small incident in Indonesia is the first shot in the use of religion, specifically accusations of blasphemy, as a political weapon against President Jokowi in the ongoing presidential race.

Meng Hongwei’s Arrest Shows China Values Economic Progress over Human Rights

China recently arrested Meng Hongwei, who was president of Interpol when the organization revoked a red notice for a human rights activist for the Uighurs.