Saturday, October 25, 2014
  1. The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder

    Ghia Nodia

    The Cold War and the Cold Shoulder


     believes that Vladimir Putin's distrust of Western democracy makes efforts to engage Russia futile.

    Vladimir Putin G20 summit European Council/Flickr

    The Ukraine crisis has shattered key Western assumptions about Russia, and many analysts and policymakers have fallen back on the belief that Russian President Vladimir Putin must be acting irrationally. But it is Western assumptions that need to be questioned. READ MORE

  2. China’s Great Leap Backward

    Xia Yeliang

    China’s Great Leap Backward


     casts doubt on the credibility of the government’s commitment to establishing the rule of law.

    Hong Kong police clash protester Guillaume Payen/ZumaPress

    This week, Chinese Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing for a plenary session centered on one topic: the rule of law. But the crackdown on freedom of speech, assembly, association, and movement now unfolding in China casts doubt on the credibility of the government's commitment to political modernization. READ MORE

  3. União essencial da Europa

    José Manuel Barroso
  4. China’s Choice

    Wong Chin-Huat

    China’s Choice


     outlines the Chinese government's three options for confronting the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.

    China Hong Kong protests Paul Yeung/ZumaPress

    Much to China's chagrin, a major pro-democracy movement has seized the streets of Hong Kong. While China ostensibly has three options for responding to the demonstrations, only one serves its long-term interests: genuine political reform. READ MORE

  5. Venezuela’s Spectacular Underperformance

    Carmen Reinhart

    Venezuela’s Spectacular Underperformance

    &  point out that the country is 2% poorer now than it was in 1970.

    Nicolas Maduro Xinhua/ZumaPress

    Venezuela is a major oil-exporting economy that is so badly mismanaged that real (inflation-adjusted) per capita GDP today is 2% lower than it was in 1970, despite a ten-fold increase in oil prices. And now its president is lashing out at academics who have the temerity to point that out. READ MORE

Focal Point

Photo of Ian Buruma

Who Loves China?

 says that Hong Kong's pro-democracy demonstrators will almost certainly lose – at least for now.

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