Category: Asia

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy election win ‘nothing short of a revolution’: Protesters ’embody democratic ideals’

     

  Hong Kong’s pro-democracy opposition won a stunning landslide victory in weekend local elections in a clear rebuke to city leader Carrie Lam over her handling of violent protests that… Read more »

Global protest wave rattles governments, but can it advance democracy?

     

Whether the unprecedented wave of protests leads to sustainable democratic transitions depends in large part on the strategic sophistication of illiberal regimes and democratic actors, including the latter’s ability to… Read more »

China denounced as ‘enemy of democracy’ after defector’s meddling allegations

     

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen’s ruling party denounced China as an “enemy of democracy” on Monday following fresh claims of Chinese interference in the island’s politics ahead of presidential and legislative… Read more »

Demystifying deepfakes: Tracking global disinformation narratives

     

  The top U.S. representative in Taiwan says Washington is working with it to combat efforts by Beijing to influence upcoming elections on the island, AP reports. The U.S. is… Read more »

From Hanoi to Halifax: Lacking strategy to counter China

     

A months-long standoff between Vietnam and China in the South China Sea has finally drawn to a close. RAND’s Derek Grossman takes stock of how Hanoi’s “cooperation and struggle” strategy… Read more »

World has more but weaker democracies: Backsliding ‘a growing malaise,’ report says

     

“Despite the continued quantitative increase in the world’s democracies, the quality of the world’s democracies is eroding,” the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) concludes in its… Read more »

China’s authoritarian rule is coming back to bite it – and us

     

China’s Communist leaders are engage in an ideological conflict with liberal democracy on the global stage and, domestically, using modern-day totalitarian brainwashing, bizarre lies and industrial-level indoctrination to suppress Muslims…. Read more »

How global refugee crisis challenges democracies

     

Forced migration has reached unprecedented levels around the world. While unique migration crises’ geographic origins range from South America to the Middle East, each crisis shares a common root cause—the… Read more »

Explaining Asia’s turn to illiberal democracy

     

The return of the Rajapaksa brothers to power in Sri Lanka highlights a broader and more alarming trend: the rise of illiberal democracy in South Asia as Sri Lanka joins… Read more »

China’s surveillance state spreads from Uyghurs to Central Asia

     

China’s advanced surveillance regime is taking root along the length of the Belt and Road—especially the Belt, the overland Eurasian routes that were the origin of the government’s ambitious investment… Read more »