Category: Asia

How to counter autocrats’ soft power

     

A new global “soft power” ranking recently reported that the democratic states of North America and Western Europe were the most successful at achieving their diplomatic objectives “through attraction and… Read more »

Vietnam: free imprisoned bloggers

     

Vietnam’s Communist authorities should quash the politically motivated convictions of two bloggers and release them from prison, Human Rights Watch said today: On September 22, 2016, the Higher People’s Court… Read more »

Human Rights, Accountability, & Access to Information in North Korea

     

The Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL) announces a Request for Statements of Interest (RSOI) from organizations interested in submitting Statements of Interest (SOI) for programs that support… Read more »

Acquittal: How ‘Islamization’ galvanized Pakistan’s women’s movement

     

“Acquittal” by Shahid Nadeem (left) focuses on four women in a Pakistan prison each accused of a different injustice. The play was inspired by Shahid’s own imprisonment in the 80’s… Read more »

Democracy means legitimacy for Indonesia’s counter-terrorism policy

     

  The case of Indonesia demonstrates that in countering violent extremism, democracy and serious efforts to gain legitimacy from the people before taking action are a necessary part of a… Read more »

Fragile states need strategic, systemic, selective, and sustained response

     

  Fragile states may seem like a distant and abstract concern, but they are not, according to William J. Burns, Michèle A. Flournoy, and Nancy E. Lindborg. They are at… Read more »

Women’s empowerment a rare bright spot in democracy landscape

     

  In a global democracy landscape marked by considerable gloom, progress in women’s political empowerment is a rare bright spots of recent years, argues the Carnegie Endowment’s Thomas Carothers a… Read more »