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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.
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.
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.
2016/11/02 | Sarah Laskow
Voting Booths Were a Radical 19th Century Reform to Stop Election Fraud
An idea imported from Australia helped enable the 'secret' part of secret ballots.