Kim Jong Un’s Changing Public Persona
By Emma Nymoen
COVID-19 has given Kim a unique opportunity to shift his public persona from that of a military leader into more of a father figure – even as he imposes stricter policies than ever.
Why the Soviet Union’s 20th Party Congress Continues to Haunt China
By Zhenze Huang
A lesson from 1956 continues to affect China’s understanding of political security -- especially as the CCP's own 20th Congress draws near.
BJP Goes to Town With Modi’s Birthday Bash
By Neeta Lal
The public-facing celebration “amounts to a personality cult hitherto unseen in contemporary Indian politics.”
The Making of Brand Modi
By Asim Ali
Narendra Modi has created one of the most powerful political brands in India’s history. But that centralization of power creates its own weaknesses.
Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Cult of Personality
By David I. Steinberg
Aung San Suu Kyi's cult of personality is continuously projected within Myanmar even while it expires internationally.
Carl Minzner on China's Post-Reform Era
By Shannon Tiezzi
Discussing one-man rule, the re-Partyization of the bureaucracy, and the end of China's reform era.
Vanity Without Borders: How Central Asian Despots Manipulate the International Press
By Bradley Jardine
Global coverage of Turkmenistan shows the power of personality cults to set agendas far beyond national boundaries.
A Central Asian President's Guide to Getting Published
By Catherine Putz
An important building block in any cult of personality is a whole shelf of laudatory texts.
Now Under the Nazarbayev Brand: Astana's Airport
By Paolo Sorbello
Kazakhstan renamed Astana's international airport after the first and current president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Is Nazarbayev’s New Personality Cult a Prelude to an Exit?
By Paolo Sorbello
A new banknote with Nazarbayev's image and a possible eponymous renaming of Astana may signal a potential departure.
Xi Jinping's PLA Ambitions: Why Guo Boxiong Had to Go
By Ankit Panda
Guo Boxiong is the latest PLA 'tiger' to fall to Xi's anti-corruption campaign.
Sorry, There's No 'Cult of Personality' in China
By Dingding Chen
Instead, we should be aware of anti-reforms forces as reforms enter ‘deep water’ areas.