Category: Asia

10 questions for Francis Fukuyama

     

Is a pessimist simply a well-informed optimist? Francis Fukuyama, author of the famous 1989 essay, “The End of History,” offers his thoughts about the importance of optimism and how so… Read more »

Democracy’s continuing struggles

     

  After the end of the Cold War, experts who closely studied trends in democratization believed that democracy was destined to sweep the globe. But predictions of democratic triumph did… Read more »

China’s leaders reveal their fears

     

Once admired by authoritarian governments elsewhere, not to mention some commentators in the West, for its canny balancing of free markets and party control, China’s style of leadership may be… Read more »

Cambodia’s long-ruling PM gears up for distant poll

     

Cambodia won’t hold a general election for another two years. But look at Prime Minister Hun Sen (left), its long-ruling and mercurial strongman, and you’d think one was imminent, Reuters… Read more »

China steps up crackdown on civil society, rights advocates

     

Chinese authorities have formally arrested China‘s most prominent woman human rights lawyer, Wang Yu, accusing her of subversion, as part of a crackdown on activists who have helped people fight… Read more »

Exporting the Chinese Model?

     

  As 2016 begins, an historic contest is underway, largely hidden from public view, over competing Chinese and Western strategies to promote economic growth, notes Francis Fukuyama, a senior fellow… Read more »

Stephen W. Bosworth, aided transition in Philippines

     

Stephen W. Bosworth, a former American ambassador who pulled off a diplomatic coup in 1986 by persuading the Philippines’ dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos to allow free elections, and then personally… Read more »

Time to pressure Pakistan military on Taliban

     

A key gathering opened on Monday in Islamabad in which four major countries – Afghanistan, Pakistan, China and the United States – hope to lay the road-map to peace for… Read more »