Even North Korea is changing
More and more North Koreans now have access to information from the outside world that starkly contrasts with official propaganda. Could this undermine the control of this authoritarian state?
Democracy in Asia
That democracy has shallow roots in Asia, the most dynamic part of the world economy, is clearly evident from the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Democracy Index 2011".
Asia's Failed States
As Asia sits on top of the world economy, it may be difficult to imagine that this vast unwieldy region is also home to more than a handful of the world's "failed states".
Asia's dearth of leadership
Asia's miracle development was driven by "determined, devoted, and inventive leaders, in both business and government". But what is striking today is the dearth of Asian leadership.
Japan's nuclear madness
"Two years after the 2011 disaster, we are building a new future", says Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Honto desu ka? Really?
Japan's dysfunctional politics
Japan's triple crisis of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster was an exceptional and unprecedented event. So why didn't Japan respond in an exceptional and unprecedented way?
Japan's bribery problems
The OECD has recently issued a scathing report on Japan's efforts to fight bribery and corruption.
Tony Blair advises Thailand
Tony Blair recently delivered in Bangkok the first of the Special Lecture Series on "Uniting for the Future: Learning from each other's experiences".
Burmese Nobel thoughts
Aung San Suu Kyi Nobel lecture, finally delivered on 16 June, 2012, in Oslo, Norway, was very moving and insightful.
How powerful is China?
China has the world's 2nd largest economy and has been growing at a 10% rate for over three decades straight. It is also the world's biggest exporter, and has an enormous amount of foreign reserves.
China: is “state capitalism” in crisis?
In this week's invited contribution, Emanuele Schibotto* asks if China's "state capitalism" is in crisis.
China's lack of global leadership
China seems neither willing nor able to exert global economic leadership according to Tsinghua University's David Li.
China's foreign policy
The enigmatic nature of China's foreign policy is evident as the US pushes China to tame North Korea. An excellent SIPR paper by Linda Jakobson and Dean Knox can help us understand the enigmas.
China's democratic future??
Minxin Pei recently wrote an interesting piece speculating on how China could become a democracy. But will China's future really be democratic? Could China even break up, like the former USSR?
China's Communist Party
As the Chinese Communist Party prepares its once in a decade leadership change, and tries to turn the page on its recent scandals, Richard McGregor's book on the Party is essential reading.
China's BO Xilai affair
The BO Xilai affair is China's biggest scandal since Tiananmen Square. But our Paris-based China watcher, Frederic Langer, argues that the West cannot wash its hands of BO's judiciary troubles.
China and Russia -- global strategic threats
Russia and China are the chief strategic threats to the moral and political commitments of liberal democracies, argues Michael Ignatieff.
China -- rotten at the top
The revelations of the ill-gotten wealth of Wen Jiaobao's family is just the latest evidence that China is rotten at the top -- including at the top of China's new leadership. What does it mean?
Asia's democratic future
Democracy is at the heart of development. But democracy only has very shallow roots in Asia. Democratic development lags well behind the economy.
Social media and Japan's anti-nuclear movement
Vanessa Vyvial, currently studying at Tokyo's Sophia University, has shared with us this interesting piece on social media and Japan's anti-nuclear movement.
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