Monday, September 15, 2014
  1. Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots

    Shashi Tharoor

    Asia’s Democratic Dark Spots


     weighs Asia's recent progress and setbacks in establishing democracy.

    Voting in Afghanistan Canada in Afghanistan/Flickr

    Democracy in Asia lately has proved to be hardier than many might have expected, with free and fair elections enabling the large and divided societies of India and Indonesia to manage important political transitions. But some Asian democracies – notably, Thailand and Pakistan – seem to be losing their way. READ MORE

  2. Europe’s Juncker Revolution

    Ana Palacio

    Europe’s Juncker Revolution


     reflects on the European Commission's structural transformation.

    Jean-Claude Juncker Jean-Claude Juncker/Flickr

    Everyone is talking about the appointment of the relatively inexperienced Federica Mogherini as EU High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy. But individual commissioners are far less important than the shift in the European Union's structure and priorities. READ MORE

  3. How the Rich Rule

    Dani Rodrik

    How the Rich Rule


     says that widening inequality drives economic elites toward sectarian politics.

    lifestyles of the rich gr1fter/Flickr

    Widening inequality in the world’s advanced and developing countries inflicts two blows against democratic politics. Not only does it lead to greater disenfranchisement of the middle and lower classes; it also fosters among the elite a poisonous politics of sectarianism. READ MORE

  4. China’s Borderline Belligerence

    Brahma Chellaney

    China’s Borderline Belligerence


     criticizes India for allowing China to dominate the bilateral relationship.

    China India talks Wang Ye/ZumaPress

    China's pattern of violating the border with India whenever its top leaders are about to visit Delhi signals that the central objective of such visits is not to advance cooperation on a shared agenda, but to reinforce China’s own interests, beginning with its territorial claims. India should stop taking this behavior lying down. READ MORE

  5. Reading Israel from Left to Right

    Ian Buruma

    Reading Israel from Left to Right


     examines why Israel's most ardent supporters include leaders of parties with anti-Semitic roots.

    Israel Golan Heights Nir Alon/ZumaPress

    The world is increasingly fragmenting, with fearful people embracing smaller, defensive identities based on tribal feelings. Most ironic of all, Israel, a nation-state built by a people despised for their cosmopolitanism, has become a prime example of this disturbing trend. READ MORE

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