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2017/04/25 | Erin Cook
Jakarta Election Result Spells Trouble for Jokowi and Indonesia
Whether Anies and Sandiaga will govern along these divisive lines remains to be seen, but it clearly sets a poor standard for repairing the racial and religious fractures still bubbling just beneath the surface of the city.
2017/04/25 | Euan Graham
Three Questions About North Korea's Nuclear Weapons
A brief analysis of U.S.-North Korea relations and recent events on nuclear weapon threats.
2017/04/24 | Rosemary Chen
Burying a Dictator: Fresh Bid to Remove All Statues of Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan
'Statues [of Chiang] are the final remnant of the [Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT)] authoritarian regime, which has to be removed if a full-fledged democracy is to be realized.'
2017/04/24 | Matthew Geason
OPINION: Hold Beijing to Account on Hong Kong’s Regression
As Hong Kong is truly a global city and an international economic hub, the United States and the rest of the democratic world have an interest in seeing the preservation of Hong Kong’s democracy and ensuring that Beijing is held accountable, argues Matthew Geason.
2017/04/24 | David Shinn
China’s Power Projection in the Western Indian Ocean
Since 2008, China has significantly increased its naval presence in the Indian Ocean, giving rise to Indian concerns of potential military encirclement and raising questions in American strategic thinking about China’s ultimate objectives.
2017/04/23 | Timo Duile
Reactionary Islamism in Indonesia
At the end of 2016, two large demonstrations organized by reactionary Muslim groups took place in Jakarta. The protesters called for the arrest of the Christian Governor of Jakarta, Basuki Purnama, an ethnic Chinese man commonly referred to as Ahok, whom they accused of blasphemy.
2017/04/22 | Zi Yang
Political Indoctrination in Chinese Colleges
Among Chinese college students, support for the Party and government remain strong, at least on paper.
2017/04/20 | FORTUNE
Donald Trump Can’t Count on China to Keep North Korea in Check
If Trump believes that China genuinely has either the means or inclination to 'solve' the North Korean problem in American terms, he is likely to be sorely disappointed.
Taiwan’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee: The Geopolitics of Transitional Justice in a Contested State
Taiwan President Tsai’s interest in a truth and reconciliation commission also reflects Taiwan’s contested space in the global world order of nation states.
Welcome to Thailand, Kingdom of Fear (and Favor)
How has Vajiralongkorn forged new alliances and eliminated enemies and critics in order to consolidate his reign?
Trump and the Future of India–US Relations
Less than three months into Donald Trump’s term as president, those watching in India are intensely anticipating how bilateral relations will proceed with the United States.
2017/04/18 | Edward Aspinall
Sectarian Schisms to Decide Jakarta’s Election?
If ethnic and religious sectarian politics push Ahok’s opponent over the line, it would bode poorly for the future of Indonesia’s pluralistic democracy.
2017/04/14 | The Japan Times
Aung San Suu Kyi Marks Her First Year in Power
Aung San Suu Kyi's first year has not been easy as she continues to face a range of difficulties and admits that reforms have been slower than expected.
2017/04/14 | Joseph Franco
Sorry ISIS, Philippines is No Place for A Caliphate
Observers thought the 'imminent' IS province in Mindanao may lead to the establishment of a new Southeast Asia-based caliphate, but they neglect socio-economic realities in the southern Philippines