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The Newsletter 81 Autumn 2018

The Newsletter is published by IIAS 3 times a year, and distributed in both electronic and paper formats. Each issue includes a number of research essays, reviews of Asian studies publications, news about IIAS projects and programmes, a featured art exhibition, and pages edited by our regional partners. Order your free copy through

Even though the recent decades have seen a decline in world poverty and an extension of democracy in many countries around the world, many people have the feeling that this has also been a period of social setbacks. 'The Focus' in this issue, edited by Olivier Bouin and Marc Fleurbaey, was written for a wider audience interested in Asia, to share the message of hope of the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) report: A better society is indeed possible, its contours can be broadly described, and all we need is to gather forces toward realizing this vision.