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Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Cult of Personality
July 14, 2018

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
April 04, 2018

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
August 10, 2017

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
July 14, 2017

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
June 27, 2017

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?
November 24, 2016

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
April 07, 2016

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
April 04, 2016

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.

Trump, Mao, and Xi: The Perils of Charisma-Driven Politics
March 28, 2016

Trump, Mao, and Xi: The Perils of Charisma-Driven Politics

By Kerry Brown
China's painful experiences with personality cults in politics have lessons for two modern-day figures.

China's $1.4 Billion Port City in Sri Lanka Gets the Green Light
March 12, 2016

China's $1.4 Billion Port City in Sri Lanka Gets the Green Light

By Shannon Tiezzi
Plus, "two sessions," Caixin on censorship, mass incidents, and Xi's cult of personality. Friday China links.

Emomali Rahmon’s Ever-Growing Cult of Personality
February 18, 2016

Emomali Rahmon’s Ever-Growing Cult of Personality

By Casey Michel
A new essay contest asks schoolchildren to write about the “heroic life and deeds of the Leader of the Nation.”
Why Xi Jinping Can't Be a 21st Century Mao Zedong
February 16, 2016

Why Xi Jinping Can't Be a 21st Century Mao Zedong

By Kerry Brown
Chinese society has changed irretrievably from the days of Mao worship. Xi must govern differently.

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