Category: Asia

West must identify, exploit asymmetric advantages over autocrats

     

With the re-emergence of great power competition,  Russia and China are pursuing asymmetric strategies against the West, using the advantages of authoritarianism—secrecy, deception, a lack of legal or moral constraints—to… Read more »

Nathan Glazer, R.I.P.

     

2009 Seymour Martin Lipset Lecture: Nathan Glazer from National Endowment for Democracy on Vimeo. Nathan Glazer, a prominent sociologist and public intellectual who assisted on a classic study of conformity,… Read more »

Are social media platforms ‘rotting democracy from within’?

     

  Facebook has entered a new era of cautious glasnost, inviting researchers to look ‘under the hood’ of various aspects of its operations, and understand how it formulates and implements… Read more »

Rapid Response Mechanism can help counter authoritarian ‘sharp power’

     

China has been accused of engaging in predatory lending aimed at trapping countries in debt, acquiring strategic assets like ports, and spreading corruption and authoritarian values, not least in sub-Saharan Africa,… Read more »

New era of international competition: revisionists vs. value-sharing democracies

     

A new era of great power competition pitting authoritarian revisionists against “value-sharing democracies” is one of the scenarios outlined in a new RAND report, Understanding the Emerging Era of International… Read more »

Getting the China challenge right: future of free societies at stake

     

What is at stake in the emerging contest between Washington and Beijing is nothing less than the future prosperity and security of free societies—in Asia and around the world, according… Read more »

The retreat of global democracy stopped – or just paused?

     

Only 4.5% of the world’s people live in a “full democracy,” but the global democratic regression at least paused in 2018, according to the latest edition of The Economist Intelligence… Read more »

Malaysia’s democratic opportunity can still be squandered

     

In a world struggling with resurgent authoritarianism, Malaysia is a bright spot, notes Council on Foreign Relations analyst Joshua Kurlantzick. Yet Malaysia’s government is now in danger of frittering away the… Read more »