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Achieving the China dream or facing a minsky moment: China after the 19th party congress

While the 19th party congress confirmed President Xi Jinping’s grip of power at the top echelon of the political system, the newly minted leadership team faces… Read More

Reading between the lines of North Korea’s letter

The Foreign Affairs Committee of the DPRK Supreme People’s Assembly has been busy sending open letters to various foreign parliaments. Our letter seems specifically… Read More

On a Trumpian track for the next Middle East war

In some respects, US President Donald Trump and the Iranian theocratic regime deserve each other. Neither respect international agreements, except when it suits their purposes. Read More

Populism, globalisation and the failure of elites

Sam Roggeveen argues that the real challenge to globalisation and openness and immigration is not cultural (popular prejudice and so on) but political. Similarly, … Read More

India’s growth slowdown: Reflections of the Reserve Bank

India’s recent growth slowdown has elicited a lively national discussion – see here, for example. It was reinforced by a scathing op-ed by Yashwant Sinha,… Read More

Comparing development indicators: Revisiting the Sen-Dreze thesis of India’s ‘uncertain glory’

In 2013, Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen and his co-author Jean Dreze published their treatise on India’s ‘uncertain glory’. They acknowledged that the ‘…picture of a new… Read More

Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok: A showcase of Russia’s pivot to Asia?

The schedule of top-level international events in the Asia-Pacific is famously busy. To keep a finger on the pulse of the region, numerous politicians, businessmen,… Read More

Commercial drones: Privatising air power

In irregular wars, the state has traditionally had a monopoly on the use of air power. This has now been overturned. With the rise of small, … Read More

How to fix America’s North Korea strategic failures

North Korea has the initiative. It is now firing rockets over the Japanese home islands and has seemingly tested a hydrogen bomb weapon. Read More

The fallen idol: Aung San Suu Kyi and the politics of personality

Myanmar studies have always attracted strong views. Particularly since 1988 there has been a history of polemics, biased reporting and emotive commentary. Some scholars and… Read More

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