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2018/09/20 | Eryk Smith
OPINION: In Kaohsiung, There Are Limits to the Multilingual Love
The axes are out for a politician advocating for languages other than English and Chinese to be kept out of the classroom.
2018/05/23 | Netusha Naidu
OPINION: 'Critical Optimism' Lights Malaysia's Way Forward
A personal narrative of how GE14 flew in the face of expectations of a global democratic decline.
2018/05/15 | New Mandala
Will Election Upheaval Influence Malaysia's Illiberal Neighbors?
Mahathir is back at the helm, but it remains an open question whether or not he represents real change.
2018/04/27 | New Mandala
OPINION: Rampant Inequality Muddles Elections in Malaysia
Malaysia's ethnic, economic and cultural divides are holding back any common vision for the future as the country struggles to bridge gaping inequality.
2018/02/05 | Suzanne Pepper
What Edward Yiu's Reprieve Tells Us about Decision-making in Hong Kong
Hong Kong's civil servants are taking it upon themselves to act as thought police on Beijing's behalf.
2018/01/24 | Suzanne Pepper
Pro-democracy Field Faces Uphill Battle in HK Elections Despite Show of Unity
Special by-elections to fill seats vacated by 'oath-breaking' politicians banned by Beijing highlight the challenges faced by pro-democracy advocates in the territory.
2017/10/04 | Suzanne Pepper
Macau Elections Suggest Lessons for Hong Kong
Recent election results from Macau, itself a special administrative region of China like Hong Kong, showed an upswell in support for pro-democracy, anti-establishment candidates.
Peering into Taiwan's Post-Blue Political Future
Politics abhors a vacuum, and with the KMT struggling for support there is scope for a new opposition to mount a challenge to the DPP's grip of Taiwan's national politics. But who will lead it and where will they come from? Courtney Donovan Smith forecasts Taiwan's political future.
2017/05/09 | Kyle Pope
Moon Victory Imminent in South Korea
As liberal Moon Jae-in looks set to grab the South Korean presidency, Kyle Pope examines the politics that got him into pole position.
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.
2017/03/27 | Sorpong Peou
Cambodia: Towards Single Party Dictatorship?
'Cambodia’s ruling party is seeking to shore up its chances of electoral success with recent changes to the rules governing political parties,' Sorpong Peou writes.
2017/03/24 | Steven Yet
Hong Kong Election: A Choice Between Lesser Evils
If Beijing continues to run a shallow election, picking a ‘lesser evil’ is just another façade.
2017/03/02 | John Kennedy
China Needs Legal Reform Before More Elections
China needs to implement legal reforms before its village elections can be considered a democratic process.
2017/02/28 | Suzanne Pepper
Hong Kong Election: Beijing Decides, Hong Kong Approves
Beijing must feel Carrie Lam is their best hope for reducing tensions and getting the job done as they proceed with all their cross-border interventions.
2016/11/27 | Melissa M. Smith
BOOK REVIEW: 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail'
Is there too much money behind U.S. political campaigns or is it more a question of where the money flows? In 'Campaign Finance and Political Polarization: When Purists Prevail' Raymond J. La Raja and Brian F. Schaffner present their argument in favor of giving more, rather than less, money to political parties in order to reduce the polarization that characterizes the U.S. political system. While she questions the extrapolation of state-level analysis to the federal level, Melissa M. Smith praises the cogent delivery of the book’s central claim, even if it remains to be seen if the authors’ points will make it into practice.