Europe’s New Aristocracy
Politics,Society
By Salvatore Babones - 18 Jul 2016

Europe’s New Aristocracy

When intellectuals stop presenting options and start demanding outcomes, their democratic function has come to an end. The tyranny of a meritocratic intellectual class, Aristotle’s tyranny of the best, is a tyranny all the same.
Respecting Brexit
Politics,Economy,Hotspots,China

By Dingli Shen - 13 Jul 2016

Respecting Brexit

China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea
Politics,Hotspots,China

By Bingguo Dai - 06 Jul 2016

China-US Dialogue on the South China Sea

Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy
Politics,East Asia

Prospects for Taiwan’s New Southeast Asia Policy

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen planned to seek closer economic relations with the countries of Southeast Asia, so as to reduce Taiwan’s dependence on trade and other commercial relations with China. However, questions soon arose concerning how promising Tsai’s plan might be.
Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation
Politics,China,East Asia

Developments in Hong Kong: Zhang Dejiang’s Visit and Lam Wing-kee’s Revelation

Zhang Dejiang, a ranking politburo member of the Chinese Communist Party, visited Hong Kong in May 2016. The highlight of his trip turned out to be gatherings with selected pro-democracy politicians from the island who espouse a more moderate position.
By Tai Wei Lim - 04 Jul 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Brexit Vote: The Predicaments of Western Democracy
Politics,Hotspots

Brexit Vote: The Predicaments of Western Democracy

Today, Western democracy is trapped with its self-inflicted damage. Voting works if and only if voters understand what it is really about and the Brexit poll clearly demonstrated that the direction of fundamental policy choices could be out of the control of the people at large.
Brexit and Asia: Rationality versus Emotion
Politics,Economy,Hotspots

Brexit and Asia: Rationality versus Emotion

The June 23 Brexit referendum saw the UK vote to leave the European Union. The exit decision shocked the world with implications not only in the political and economic arenas of the UK and EU, but which also has far reaching repercussions beyond Europe.
China’s Challenge to America: Its Role as the World’s Builder
Politics,China

China’s Challenge to America: Its Role as the World’s Builder

China has won the title of the “world’s builder” by applying its monetary resources via aid and investments and expertise to construct roads, railroads, dams, communications facilities, pipelines, ports, economic zones and more to projects abroad. America was once the world’s “connector.’ That is no more.
Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World
Politics,Society

Trumpism, Social Revolution and an Unsafe World

While countries are dealing with populism internally, the world as a whole is witnessing great changes in geopolitics. Geopolitical clashes in the Middle East, between the two Koreas, and in the South China Sea, and humanitarian issues like the European migrant crisis, have made the world an unsafe place.
China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America
Politics,China,East Asia

China and Japan: Psycho-Historical Warfare and the Role of America

The rocky relations between China and Japan in recent years are symptomatic of a long and complicated historical rivalry that is adjusting to rather uncomfortable historical contingencies.
Five Misconceptions of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies in the West
Politics,China

Five Misconceptions of China’s Domestic and Foreign Policies in the West

Misconceptions of China’s New Normal politics has led to suspicion and distrust from the West. Furthermore, such misperceptions and misconceptions have started to affect these countries’ policies towards China.  
Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms
Politics,Economy,Southeast Asia

Vietnam: New Leadership and the Pressure for Economic Reforms

Economic policies beg for a major update from the implementation of the Doi Moi reforms in 1986. To ensure full integration into the global economy, including fulfilling expectations of the TPP, Vietnam need to do some serious adjustments.
By Huong Le Thu - 25 Apr 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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