Asia-Pacific


The Fall of Liberalism?

Le Pen. Duterte. Brexit. Trump. It might be appropriate to dub 2016, the “year of populism,” as hundreds of millions of voters around the world have forcefully rejected the political institutions and policies that have been the backbone of 20th century liberalism and democracy. While the motivations and psychology of this global electorate will takes […]


The Evaporation of the Status Quo in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s veteran dictator and first President, Islam Karimov, left his country as he ruled it: plagued by inconsistencies in news reports, government cover-ups, and incorrigible deceit. While Karimov reportedly died on September 2nd at the age of 78 due to a brain hemorrhage, he likely passed away well before his government’s official announcement. The full […]


North Korea: China’s Liability?

Should China continue to support the Hermit Kingdom despite its destabilizing and aggressive actions, China will hinder its strategic goals in East Asia and beyond.


The Nonexistent Asian Migrant Crisis

Despite their prosperity, why have countries like South Korea and Japan accepted very few refugees?


The International Community Must Stop Duterte

On September 29, 2016, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte compared himself to Adolf Hitler when discussing his administration’s crackdown on drug dealers and drug abusers. During a speech he said, “Hitler massacred 3 million Jews … there’s 3 million drug addicts. There are. I’d be happy to slaughter them.” His remarks were immediately condemned by many […]


Beyond National Humiliation: Taiwanese Identity Transformed

Taiwan has traded in the Chinese narrative of national humiliation for a unique identity of its own.