Category: Asia

From ‘Responsibility to Protect’ to ‘Right to Assist’ Civil Resistance?

     

A “Right to Assist” could help prevent violent conflict and ease democratic transitions. But several important questions remain unanswered, argues Council on Foreign Relations analyst Stewart M. Patrick.  Despite the… Read more »

Do Southeast Asia elections signal a consolidation of illiberal rule?

     

  Since the fall of the Indonesian dictator Suharto in 1998, civil society has flourished under the country’s burgeoning democracy. Observers even began calling Indonesia the most democratic nation in… Read more »

How China is crushing the Uighurs

     

A coalition of 37 human rights and civil society groups today sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection urging Acting Commissioner Morgan to issue a Withhold Release Order… Read more »

Why reward the ‘Bob Dylan of genocide apologists’?

     

The increasingly vocal isolationist argument that the U.S. should not engage in “endless wars” holds that the United States need not employ military means in response to terrorism, civil wars,… Read more »

Bending the knee to Beijing’s ‘proxy power’. Can democratic values survive in a Chinese world?

     

If you want to understand what’s happening in the National Basketball Association, turn off SportsCenter and pick up “The Art of War,” argues Ben Sasse, a Republican, who represents Nebraska… Read more »

China and US waging global ‘hearts and minds’ campaigns

     

As the battle between the US and China over tariffs goes on, an age-old ideological feud is being waged, pitting Beijing’s Communist Party against Washington-style democracy. It’s not a fight… Read more »

Burma’s civil society challenged by ‘misleading top-down transition’

     

How did Burma’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi go from Nobel Peace Prize laureate to figurehead for a regime accused of genocide? After Myanmar’s political reforms in 2011, Western… Read more »

Countering Political Polarization: What Has Been Tried? What Works?

     

  By Thomas Carothers and Andrew O’Donohue* Severe political polarization is tearing at the seams of democracies around the world, from Brazil, India, and Kenya to Poland, Turkey, and the… Read more »

‘Blunting China’s Sharp Power’: Long arm of Beijing threatens free speech

     

The true nature of China’s sharp power was on display this week after Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets basketball team, posted a somewhat anodyne message of solidarity… Read more »