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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the wake of Donald Trump’s stunning victory at the 2016 US presidential election, IPP Review sat down with Professor Yongnian Zheng, Director of East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, to discuss questions surrounding Trump’s win, democracy, US’ foreign policies and more.