Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call
Politics,Society
By Michael S. H. Heng - 24 Jan 2017

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

By Abdul Basit - 19 Jan 2017

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing
Society,Security

By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

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.
Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia
Society,Southeast Asia

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia

The concept of a meme is a useful way of thinking about the widespread adoption of increasing block tariffs, the approach most municipal water utilities in Southeast Asia now use to calculate their customers’ water bills.
How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class
Economy,Society

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class

Since the 1980s, US business corporations have been restructuring employment relations and financial behavior. Many people lost their jobs and were forced to find jobs in new places. It is a fact that the benefits and costs of the restructuring have been distributed unequally.
Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help
Politics,Society

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help

Trumpism is now shaping events around the world, like the One China policy and the Russian intervention of the presidential election. The best approach is to devalue Trumpism and treat US President-elect Donald Trump as an ordinary US president.
By Nong Hong - 19 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China
Economy,Society,China

Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China

The National Development and Reform Commission of China released its five-year plan (2016-20) for rural economic development in November 2016. In this plan, rising costs in agricultural production have been highlighted as a major challenge.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
National Priority: From Ideology to Governance
Politics,Society

National Priority: From Ideology to Governance

The campaign rhetoric of Trump and the shift of Duterte to “pivot to China” seem to indicate a new sense of realism in their thinking. People now want good governance that can deliver a good and stable life for themselves rather than lofty ideas of taking care of thy neighbors.
Italy and the Snowball of Populism
Politics,Society

Italy and the Snowball of Populism

The result of the Italian referendum will have implications for the wave of anti-establishment populism that began with the Brexit vote earlier this year, and which will serve to accelerate the snowball effect of populism as Western Europe undertakes a series of major elections next year.
Asian Democracy
Politics,Society

Asian Democracy

Many Asians do not accept that Western liberal democracy is the best form of democracy. This does not mean that they disparage the core ideas of democracy: sovereignty of the people; rule of law; guarantee of human rights; majority rule with guarantee of minority rights; checks and balances.
Globalization of Japanese Higher Education
Society,East Asia

Globalization of Japanese Higher Education

The Japanese government has since the 2000s sped up efforts to globalize the country’s higher education system in order to overcome the long-term crisis resulting from the decline of Japan’s international competitiveness in the age of globalization.
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