Saturday, March 28, 2015
  1. Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny

    Christopher R. Hill

    Northeast Asia’s Shared Destiny


     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

  2. The Real Singapore Model

    Minxin Pei

    The Real Singapore Model


     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

  3. What Comes After Lee Kuan Yew?

    Bill Emmott

    What Comes After Lee Kuan Yew?


     says that Singapore's founder merely deferred the succession question by handing power to his son.

    Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong Then Wey/ZumaPress

    All political leaders worry about their legacies. Lee Kuan Yew, who presided over Singapore either directly or indirectly for more than a half-century – remaining influential right up to his death at 91 – had more time in power than most to do so. READ MORE

  4. Deescalating Europe’s Politics of Resentment

    Yanis Varoufakis

    Deescalating Europe’s Politics of Resentment


     shows why Greece's "bailout" packages have been ineffective – and dangerously misleading.

    Greece Germany EU flag Ma Ning/ZumaPress

    In 2010, Greece had no right to borrow from German – or any other European – taxpayers, because its public debt was unsustainable. Five years later, the consequences – open animosity toward and from Germany, a humanitarian crisis, and a mountain of unserviceable debt – could not be clearer. READ MORE

  5. The Battle for Russia

    Dominique Moisi

    The Battle for Russia


     asks what happens when a country's rich culture is overwhelmed by the venality of its politics.

    Russia Nemtsov March Moscow Geovien So/ZumaPress

    The tragedy of Russia is that it poses as great a threat to itself as it does to its neighbors. As Europe faces off with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine, a larger and ultimately more important battle is taking place within Russia itself, one that pits the country’s rich culture against the cruel mendacity of its politics. READ MORE

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