Becoming an “Enabling State”? The Adoption of Purchase-of-Services in China
Society,China
By Zhuoyi Wen - 09 Mar 2017

Becoming an “Enabling State”? The Adoption of Purchase-of-Services in China

This initiative transfers previous state in-house production to government purchase-of-services, and enables social organizations to produce and deliver social services in several projects. In China, project-based and post-based purchases are two typical models.
Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing
Politics,Society,East Asia

By Peter Kien-hong Yu - 07 Mar 2017

Why Japan Has to Keep Apologizing

The Persistence of National Memories of Trauma
Society,Southeast Asia

By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 02 Mar 2017

The Persistence of National Memories of Trauma

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party
Politics,Society,China

The Governing Logic of the Chinese Communist Party

Deng Xiaoping, having witnessed in the early 1990s the fall of communist regimes in eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, correctly analysed that the regimes’ downfalls were due to their inability to develop their economies and provide welfare for their people.  
Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India
Society,South Asia

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

The popularity of the Singam movies in India suggest a thirst in the audience for their justice system to perform a thorough and righteous cleansing of the corrupt and criminal elements which they have to live with in their everyday lives.  
A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity
Society,East Asia

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity

This series deals with Japan’s history from the middle of 1800 to 2000. These 150 years are divided into 9 periods, and each volume focuses on ten or twenty years. The second keystone of the series is the emphasis on the power, order and style of the traditional society, and the autonomy and maturity of the Japanese society.
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A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building
Society,East Asia

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building

This series deals with Japan’s history from the middle of 1800 to 2000. These 150 years are divided into 9 periods, and each volume focuses on ten or twenty years. The first fundamental view from the series is the process of building the modern nation state of Japan.
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The Era of Deglobalization Has Already Begun
Society

The Era of Deglobalization Has Already Begun

The first wave of globalization began with Western colonization. In the last several decades, we have seen Americanization or internationalization. However, there are a lot of contradictions, for example, interdependence is not the same as Americanization.
Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call
Politics,Society

Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call

The victory of Trump constitutes part of a global trend, where the failure of ruling parties in the West and elsewhere to address the real and deeply felt grievances of their citizens have thrust political power or influence onto demagogues and xenophobes.
South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists
Society,Security,South Asia

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing
Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
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