Indonesia – a country of disappointments.
Ben Bland shows even pessimists can be gulled by Joko Widodo’s charms, according to John West.
Book Review: The Road: Uprising in West Papua
The people of West Papua, Indonesia have been sold down the river by international politics. They are now fighting ever more ferociously for their independence.
The Legacy of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
Shinzo Abe was a consequential, though flawed leader, writes John West.
China’s Coming Upheaval
Minxin Pei's Foreign Affairs' article, "China’s Coming Upheaval: Competition, the Coronavirus, and the Weakness of Xi Jinping", is certainly worth a read, writes John West
Do middle powers have a China dilemma?
Andrew Peaple moderates a feisty debate between Kerry Brown and Matthew Henderson, on how middle powers should deal with the rise of China.
Corruption in Southeast Asia
Corruption is an emotive word which can mean different things to different people, argues Glen Robinson..
Why does Beijing lie about Covid-19?
To understand why Beijing is lying so much about COVID-19, you have to understand the corrupt deal China’s Communist Party has struck with the country’s elites, a
Japan struggles with Covid-19
Japan's management of the Covid-19 pandemic has been much more troubled than Asian neighbours like Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea, writes John West.
India Has a Modi and a BJP Problem
Modi’s initiative is undermining the very idea of India as a secular and multicultural liberal society, writes John West.
India after Gandhi — a book review
Ramachandra Guha’s “India after Gandhi” is a masterpiece of modern history, writes John West.
Democracy, Indian style
Ruchir Sharma's recent book, Democracy On The Road, reports on a wonderful 25 year journey through 27 Indian elections, as John West reviews.
Political Islam in Indonesia
Political Islam is on the rise in Indonesia, writes John West.
Democracy in Retreat
John West reviews Joshua Kurlantzick’s excellent book in which he argues that democracy is in retreat worldwide, notably in Asia where strong economic development should foster democratisation.
Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System
China has launched its "social credit system," hoping to increase social trust. What will it mean for China, and indeed, the world, asks Séverine Arsène ?
Duterte’s populist pivot away from the United States may not last, argues John West.
The Rise of Duterte -- a book review
Richard Javad Heydarian's recent book, "The Rise of Duterte: a popular revolt against elite democracy", provides excellent insights into Philippine's turbulent politics, writes John West.
Freedom from to freedom to
Jayasri Priyalal argues that In this Asian century an intellectual study should be initiated to learn how the Asian civilisation evolved with the influence of various Asian philosophies.
Korea’s corrupt democracy
The impeachment of Korean President, Park Geun-hye, highlights Korea’s deep corruption. But it is also a testimony to the strength of Korea’s democratic institutions, writes John West.
Asia's dearth of democracies
Not one Asian country would have a “full democracy”, writes John West.
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