Category: Asia

The long freedom slump paused?

     

The good news is that democracy is not declining, at least in the aggregate. The bad news is that developing countries have taken a turn for the worse, notes Larry… Read more »

China challenge a ‘moral and intellectual clash of value systems’

     

A new Chinese Communist Party app is helping users catch up with the ruling party’s latest propaganda and ideology with the ease of a swipe on their smartphones, CNN reports:… Read more »

Weaponizing law is ‘draining democracy dry’ – Philippines journalist Maria Ressa

     

Award-winning Philippines journalist Maria Ressa told CNN that her arrest on “cyber libel” charges is an example of how the law is being “weaponized” against critics of the country’s President… Read more »

Reversing Cambodia’s democratic drift

     

Cambodia is drifting towards autocracy with a clear trend. An unprecedented crackdown on independent media, civil society and the country’s major opposition party, the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), hardly suggest otherwise. Whether Hun… Read more »

‘Course Correction’: liberal democratic values give an edge over China

     

A global ideological competition is brewing between liberal democracy and authoritarianism, with China as the wealthiest and most powerful potential leader on the authoritarian side, according to a new analysis…. Read more »

Will U.S. support Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment?

     

The breakout of real democracy in a Muslim-majority Asian country has gone largely unnoticed here in Washington, but we ignore it at our own peril. Malaysia’s fragile democratic experiment is a crucial… Read more »

Liberalism in retreat in world’s largest democracy?

     

India’s liberal democracy is now under assault, as evidenced by a pattern of assaults on minorities, press freedom, and the independence of key cultural and intellectual institutions, argues analyst Sumit Ganguly,. co-author of… Read more »

China’s sharp power: is talk of new ideological Cold War ‘overblown’?

     

China’s media is being wielded as a tool to shape public opinion and serve the ideological aims of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) across the globe. And, as a part… Read more »

China ‘trying to take the world hostage’?

     

Discussions of what China’s rise will mean for the world often take on an abstract, impersonal quality, notes Hal Brands, the Henry Kissinger Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School… Read more »