Monday, May 25, 2015
  1. Thailand’s Stunted Transition

    Thitinan Pongsudhirak

    Thailand’s Stunted Transition

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     explains why the country remains trapped between authoritarianism and democracy.

    Bangkok skytrain sunset Bangkok/Diliff/Wikimedia Commons

    One year after its 12th military coup in 83 years under constitutional rule, Thailand is beset with more questions than answers. The country will regain its footing only when, through compromise and mutual accommodation, it reshapes its contested political order to reflect the principles of an electoral democracy. READ MORE

  2. Staying the Course in Europe’s East

    Carl Bildt

    Staying the Course in Europe’s East

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     explains why the EU’s Riga summit must reaffirm the Eastern Partnership initiative.

    Petro Poroshenko, Federica Mogherini Igor Golovniov/ZumaPress

    The EU summit in Riga with the “Eastern Partnership” countries recalls the dramatic Vilnius meeting in November 2013, where Ukraine’s president, under heavy Russian pressure, refused to sign the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. Russia’s behavior since then has made the Eastern Partnership more important than ever. READ MORE

  3. The Modi Government Turns One

    Shashi Tharoor
  4. Modi in China

    Brahma Chellaney

    Modi in China

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     notes that the outcomes of the Indian leader’s visit were mostly symbolic – and extremely lopsided.

    Modi visits China Stringer/ZumaPress

    Since taking office last year, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to transform his country’s relationship with China, arguing that Asia’s prospects hinge largely on their partnership. But, as Modi’s just-concluded tour of China highlighted, the issues that divide the world’s demographic titans remain formidable. READ MORE

  5. The Strategic Imperative of TTIP

    Jiří Šedivý

Focal Point

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