Philippines’ authoritarian nostalgia
The Philippines’ fiesta politics has drawn another wild card, in the form of its new President, Rodrigo Duterte, writes John West.
Korea should drop charges against imprisoned trade unionists
The 20th anniversary of Korean OECD membership will be overshadowed by labour rights and freedom of assembly violations, argue TUAC.
China and Taiwan -- Apocalypse Now?
Will the arrival of a new President in Taiwan bring even more “interesting times” in relations with mainland China asks John West.
China leads the world in the production and export of illicit goods
Production and trade of counterfeit, pirated and other illicit goods are large and growing, and are led by China, writes John West.
Corruption, Economic Development and Poverty Alleviation
Corruption continues to be a major drag on economic growth in developing countries, argue Asit K. Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada and Augustin Boey.
Brève portant sur le conundrum syrien : pertinence de la notion de développement économique et social pour l’appréhender ? Par Claude DUVAL et Alexandra TRZECIAK.
Sri Lanka’s karma
“Sri Lanka must confront and defeat the demons of its past”, said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on the occasion of his mission to Colombo in February 2016, reports John West.
Looming Trouble in the Taiwan Straits
Trouble looms in the Taiwan Strait with the expected victory of a candidate from the pro-independence party in the upcoming Taiwanese presidential elections, writes John West.
The Rise of Asia’s Think Tanks
Regional think tanks are proliferating. But is the quality keeping pace, ask Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Singapore’s Surprisingly Predictable Election Result
Most analysts were surprised that the ruling PAP did so well. They shouldn’t have been, argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Singapore and sharing data
Singapore can afford to be more open in sharing data, argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Elections in Myanmar/Burma
The last days of the election campaign in Myanmar are torn between hope for renewal and the need to ensure a smooth transition writes Stefano Pelaggi.
China’s political predicament
Turmoil in China. Sudden exchange rate devaluation. Shanghai stock exchange meltdown. Factory explosion in Tianjin. Massive capital flight. Is the infallible Chinese government losing its touch?
Democracy and Asian development
The Chinese authoritarian juggernaut is now wobbling forward, sideways and backwards. Could in the end democracy be the best political system for fostering Asian development, asks John West?
Japan's stunted democracy
With thousands of Japanese citizens in the streets protesting against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could Japan be on the verge of becoming a mature, full-fledged democracy asks John West.
Asia’s democracy deficit
Democracy has very shallow roots and many enemies in Asia -- and not only in China -- argues John West.
The meaning of Manny Pacquiao
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has a great knack for bringing his country men and women together. But strong and inclusive political leadership is also necessary to create a real cohesive society.
Revamping India's public procurement
A properly designed and implemented procurement law is long overdue. It can improve financial management, and bring large financial and governance benefits.
Co-operative federalism requires greater competence by states
Co-operative federalism requires greater competence by states, according to Mukul Asher, National University of Singapore, & Councilor, Takshashila Institution.
Hong Kong can be hell
Milton Friedman once famously said "If you want to see capitalism in action, go to Hong Kong". But Hong Kong's brand of capitalism has led to inequality, poverty, and social unrest.
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