Wednesday, April 1, 2015
  1. The Trials of Asian Democracy

    Yuriko Koike

    The Trials of Asian Democracy

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     considers the political implications of prosecutions aimed at a growing list of opposition leaders.

    Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim support sign Hafiz Sohaimi/ZumaPress

    These are times of trial – literally in the courts – for a growing number of Asia’s democracies. The list of political leaders in the region who have faced or are facing criminal charges has grown so long that it is plausible to wonder whether democracy itself can survive in a number of these countries. READ MORE

  2. China and Global Governance

    Javier Solana

    China and Global Governance

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     argues that new multilateral institutions established by China are not revisionist, but reactive.

    China government meeting Sri Lanka Mahinda Rajapaksa/Flickr

    The West has failed to accord China — much less the other major emerging economies — the degree of influence over global governance structures that it merits. But this is about to change, because China has decided that it will no longer sit still for it. READ MORE

  3. Britain by Itself

    Chris Patten

    Britain by Itself

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     chides UK politicians for ignoring international affairs in the ongoing election campaign.

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    It is unfortunate that some of the most important issues facing the UK are being ignored in the country'€™s current election campaign. British politicians may not be speaking much about international affairs, but the next government will have to deal with Russian aggression, European security, and a possible vote on EU membership. READ MORE

  4. Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny

    Christopher R. Hill

    Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny

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     emphasizes the value of cooperation among China, South Korea, and Japan.

    Japan China South Korea Foreign Ministers northeast asia Yao Qilin/ZumaPress

    For the first time in nearly three years, the foreign ministers of China, South Korea, and Japan met last week in Seoul to discuss potential collaboration on a range of issues. But trilateral cooperation, while critical, can be effective only if all three countries recognize that their futures, like their pasts, are intertwined. READ MORE

  5. The Real Singapore Model

    Minxin Pei

    The Real Singapore Model

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     explains how China has misappropriated the political model established by Lee Kuan Yew.

    Singapore at night Kah-Wai Lin/Flickr

    The system that Lee Kuan Yew crafted during his 31 years as Prime Minister of Singapore is often mischaracterized as a one-party dictatorship superimposed on a free-market economy. But Lee's true genius was in using democratic institutions and the rule of law to curb the predatory appetite of his country'€™s ruling elite. READ MORE

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