China at the Tipping Point? The Troubled Periphery

January 2013

The response of the Chinese state (and of Chinese society at large) to the problems of the country’s periphery—Tibet, Xinjiang, and Inner Mongolia, as well as hundreds of counties, prefectures, and townships in Sichuan, Qinghai, Yunnan, and other areas—is piling more tension and misery upon the populations there, but it is not undermining state power.

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China at the Tipping Point? From “Fart People” to Citizens

January 2013

In recent years, Chinese netizens have shown boundless creativity and ingenuity in expressing themselves despite government restrictions on online speech. Will new political discourse give birth to a new political identity? Are new forms of networked communication enhancing opportunities for social change and helping to move China toward a “threshold” for political transformation?

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Southeast Asia: In The Shadow of China

January 2013

Given Southeast Asia’s relatively high level of socioeconomic development, we might expect it to be a showcase of democracy. Yet it is not. To grasp why, one must look to deeper factors of history and geography.

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The Opening in Burma: The Democrats' Opportunity

October 2012

The Burmese transition that began in 2011 will be a protracted process. The main challenge now is to build a state in which democracy can take root and grow.

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The Opening in Burma: The Generals Loosen Their Grip

October 2012

Although active or retired military officers still hold top government posts, direct rule by the military as an institution is over, at least for now.

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