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Number of Seats Held by Women in Mongolia’s Parliament Triples
August 23, 2012
Number of Seats Held by Women in Mongolia’s Parliament Triples
While still below the global average, the nine new MPs show a welcomed trend.
Number of Seats Held by Women in Mongolia’s Parliament Triples
Burma’s Human Rights Nightmare
August 15, 2012
Burma’s Human Rights Nightmare
Stateless, landless, and homeless, Burma’s minority Rohingya people have been called the most persecuted ethnic group in Asia.
Burma’s Human Rights Nightmare
An Independence Day Reflection
August 15, 2012
An Independence Day Reflection
Sixty-five years ago, India celebrated independence. While great strides have been made, the potential of its democracy remains unfulfilled.
An Independence Day Reflection
Vietnam's War on the Blogosphere
August 14, 2012
Vietnam's War on the Blogosphere
Despite growing ties with the U.S., a recent self-immolation in Hanoi was emblematic of the country’s deteriorating human rights situation and attacks on free speech.
Vietnam's War on the Blogosphere
Religion and Politics in SE Asia
July 28, 2012
Religion and Politics in SE Asia
Recent events illustrate the need to do more to protect religious freedoms in Southeast Asia.
Religion and Politics in SE Asia
Is Isolated Taiwan Propping Up Dictators?
July 15, 2012
Is Isolated Taiwan Propping Up Dictators?
If Taiwan is trying to burnish its reputation as a democracy, why is it cozying up to some of the world’s worst dictators? asks Cain Nunns.
Is Isolated Taiwan Propping Up Dictators?
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
June 28, 2012
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
China’s next generation of leaders are expected to be chosen later this year. But factional strength and patronage may well trump talent.
Why China Can’t Pick Good Leaders
Vietnam’s Blogger Revolution?
June 20, 2012
Vietnam’s Blogger Revolution?
Vietnamese bloggers are increasingly driving the news agenda in the country. More robust reporting will be good for Vietnam’s development.
Vietnam’s Blogger Revolution?
How to Help Democracy in Iran
June 19, 2012
How to Help Democracy in Iran
Finding a nuclear deal with Iran doesn’t mean marginalizing human rights. Indeed, reducing fear of aggression will allow more space for debate on domestic political change.
How to Help Democracy in Iran
Can China Live Up to Chen?
June 01, 2012
Can China Live Up to Chen?
Activist Chen Guangcheng has given a nuanced, optimistic account of China’s future. Can its leaders follow suit?
Can China Live Up to Chen?
Thailand’s Uncle SMS is Dead
May 09, 2012
Thailand’s Uncle SMS is Dead
The death of a man held in Thailand over lèse-majesté laws highlights the gap between rulers and their people.
Thailand’s Uncle SMS is Dead
Don’t Worry About the China Bashing
March 24, 2012
Don’t Worry About the China Bashing
U.S. politicians have a long tradition of attacking China ahead of elections. It isn’t pretty, but it shouldn’t do much long term harm.
Don’t Worry About the China Bashing
March 17, 2012
Asia’s Syria Shame
Asia’s democracies have remained embarrassingly quiet over the atrocities being committed in Syria. If Asia wants to be taken seriously, it needs to step up.
Asia’s Syria Shame
March 12, 2012
How China Can Prevent Collapse
China’s leadership seems to realize there’s a need for political reforms. But will the Communist Party act in time?
How China Can Prevent Collapse
February 28, 2012
Burma’s Exchange Rate Problem
Attention on Burma’s reforms has focused on democracy. But the mundane issue of exchange rates may be key.
Burma’s Exchange Rate Problem
Thailand's Human Rights Crisis
February 14, 2012
Thailand's Human Rights Crisis
The exploitation of lèse-majesté laws for political gain are undermining human rights in Thailand. Violence is looming.
Thailand's Human Rights Crisis
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