Category: Asia

Hong Kong’s ‘last-straw movement’ vs. dystopian China Dream

     

Hong Kong’s leader must “serve two masters,” Chief Executive Carrie Lam told a group of businesspeople in the city, according to a transcript is taken from an audio recording of… Read more »

China Model promotes ‘authoritarian modernism’ in East Asia?

     

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening institutions… Read more »

Hong Kong: China’s accusations of foreign influence echo authoritarian playbook

     

China has a long history of blaming “foreign forces” for challenges it has faced internally, including the Tiananmen Square protests 30 years ago. But the depth and ferocity of China’s… Read more »

Labor movement ‘winning the war of ideas’ for democracy?

     

Organized labor came out in solidarity with Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigners this week, as the International Trade Union Confederation called on the European Union to lead the way in ensuring… Read more »

Hong Kong’s ‘Water Revolution’ spiraling out of control?

     

Hong Kong activists urged Taiwan on Tuesday to help promote democracy in the Chinese-ruled city amid its worst political crisis in decades and called for a mass rally before the… Read more »

‘How To Hack A Democracy’: Are disruptive populists the new normal?

     

A group of philanthropies working with Facebook Inc to study the social network’s impact on democracy threatened on Tuesday to quit, saying the company had failed to make data available… Read more »

China’s ‘Underground Front’ mobilizes against Hong Kong protests

     

Across the border from Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party screams its presence with banners and slogans on nearly every street. Yet in the former British colony, where China’s ruling… Read more »

Is a ‘democratic depression’ around the corner?

     

The emergence of populism reflects severe problems with representation and accountability in democracies worldwide. However, despite potentially increasing the representativeness of a country’s politics, populists in government increase the risk… Read more »

China snuffs out rare beacon of economic liberalism and democracy

     

An independent Chinese think tank that has served as a rare bastion for liberal economic thought will shut down, citing government pressure as President Xi Jinping ’s campaign to silence… Read more »

How to remain committed to democratic values amid authoritarian resurgence

     

In the above DemWorks crossover episode, National Democratic Institute President Derek Mitchell talks to Chris Walker and Shanthi Kalathil from the National Endowment for Democracy about the rise of authoritarian… Read more »