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2020/08/15 | Steven Yeo

Kaohsiung Mayoral By-Election Final Results

After former presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu was ousted from the Kaohsiung Mayoral Office in a recall election, contenders from the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the Kuomintang (KMT) and the Taiwan People's Party (TPP) are seeking to replace him in a by-election held today.

2017/10/20 | Justin Reeves

This Weekend's Snap Election in Japan Explained

Reeling from scandals and local election defeat, 2017 had not been kind to Japanese Prime Minister and Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe, but North Korean ballistic missile tests that flew over Japan rallied support for the incumbent leader and opened the door for a snap election on Oct. 22.

2017/10/18 | Richard Javad Heydarian

Putting Duterte’s Popularity into Perspective of Philippines Political Culture

The Philippines' unique political culture may explain why Duterte manages to maintain high approval ratings despite mishaps and his controversial drug policy.

2017/10/05 | Hector Muñoz

Catalonia and Taiwan? Not the Same

It’s important to check the political reality before falling victim to emotion when it comes to discussing issues of independence.

2017/09/29 | Alexander Görlach

German Election Losses Leave Merkel's North Korea Stance in Limbo

German Chancellor Angela Merkel previously advocated Germany take a lead role in brokering a diplomatic solution to the crisis in North Korea. But election losses for her Christian Democratic Union party have left her weakened at home, and the country's future stance on the issue in doubt.

2017/05/09 | Suzanne Pepper

Beijing‘s Dilemma: What to Do About Hong Kong

The three most feared of all future prospects: Hong Kong’s evolving relationship with the mainland; Beijing’s conflation of national and political security; and Beijing’s habit of issuing interpretations that Hong Kong courts now accept they are bound to obey.

2017/03/30 | Suzanne Pepper

Done Deal: How Hong Kong's New Leader Reached the Top

Real elections, the kind those fractious oppositionist elements are demanding, create nothing but trouble: social strife, polarization and worst of all uncertainty.

2017/02/20 | Jeffrey Hutton

The Heart of the Matter in Jakarta

The silver lining from Wednesday’s results is that Ahok, an ethnic Chinese, was on the ballot at all, writes Jeffrey Hutton in Jakarta.

2017/02/20 | Vivienne Chow

Democracy Won't be the Winner in the Hong Kong Election

As the leader of Hong Kong, which is now in its twentieth year as the Special Administration Region of China, the Chief Executive has to take orders from Beijing.

2017/02/18 | Oiwan Lam

Hong Kong's Pan-Democrats Grapple with Endorsing the ‘Lesser Evil’ for Chief Executive

John Tsang, who is supported by the local business sector and professional groups, is generally viewed as a “lesser evil” candidate.

2017/02/16 | Liam Gammon

Jokowi’s Stake in Jakarta’s Gubnatorial Race

After the results of the polls yesterday, Ahok and Anies will compete in a runoff election in April. An Ahok victory was and is Jokowi’s ideal scenario

2016/12/18 | Wu Po-Yu

'Marginalized Heterosexual, White Cis-male' is Not Always an Oxymoron

If true equality is what we are searching for, we should not argue who had it worse but instead seek out a way to elevate everyone, argues Wu Po-Yu.

2016/11/10 | Crispin Rovere

Why Trump Won

'Trump’s victory is not to be feared. The status quo was simply unsustainable.'

2016/11/09 | Sam Chang

Did the Wrong Person Win? Trump, Clinton and Fixing Democracy with Negative Voting

In the selection of UN Secretary General, voting against the nominated candidates is accepted option. Why should not ordinary citizens have the same option when selecting our leaders?

2016/11/08 | Robert E Kelly

Donald Trump: Straight from Plato's Nightmares

'This is the closest the U.S. has ever come to electing a Mussolini figure, and it is terrifying.'

2016/11/07 | T J Pempel

What Can Asia Expect Under Hillary’s Presidency?

Short of a zombie invasion or some equivalent deus ex machina, Hillary Clinton's presidency is all but guaranteed.