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  • September 2011
    Vol.6 No.3
    The Future for Women in Asia:
    The Gender Gap Is Closing, but There Is a Long Way to Go
    Letter to Readers
  • Cover Story
    The Future for Women in Asia: The Gender Gap Is Closing, but There Is a Long Way to Go

    Across a broad array of data from employment to education and political participation to social standing, the gender gap in Asia is there for all to see. And yet, the role of women in this region is changing under the pressures of economic growth and urbanization. For Asia to continue to prosper, though, the under-tapped potential of women must be unleashed.

  • The Debate
    Should North Korea Be Provided With Humanitarian Aid?
  • Features
    • Peter Hayes
      Park Chung Hee, the CIA & the Bomb

      Declassified CIA papers cast new light on South Korea's attempt to develop nuclear weapons in the 1970s and show that the program continued for at least two years after the US thought it had ended.

    • Peter Warr
      ‘Thaksinomics’ and Thai Populism Redux

      Peter Warr argues that Thaksin’s politically motivated promises, including mega-projects, eliminating drug dealers and spending government funds to prop up rice prices, are unsustainable and don’t address core issues in Thai society.

    • Mark J. Valencia
      Diplomatic Drama: The South China Sea Imbroglio

      When ASEAN member states' foreign ministers gathered with counterparts from the US, China and Japan for a summit in July in Bali, many observers had expected the issue of maritime disputes in the South China Sea to dominate discussions.

    • Rupakjyoti Borah
      Revisiting a Four-Power Alliance

      Reactions to the rise of China and its potential to dominate Asia have fueled debate in many countries over how best to respond.

    • Salil Tripathi
      Fed Up With Corruption, India Fixates on a Fast

      The world's media, and especially India's, were quick to pounce on the story of Kisan Baburao Hazare's recent, defiant fast against corruption in India, and the way in which it appeared to catch the government off guard.

    • Torbjörn Karlsson
      Global Shocks and Skill Shortages Challenge Asia's Manufacturers

      Asian manufacturers, which have underpinned the region's export-led growth, are not as prepared as they should be for shocks.

    • J. Berkshire Miller
      How South Korea Projects Power by Fighting Pirates

      South Korea is increasing its presence on the world stage with an assertive and effective role in combating piracy at sea in the Gulf of Aden and the Strait of Hormuz, two areas vital to Asian trade and energy supplies.

  • Book Reviews
    • John Nilsson-Wright
      What Enigma? Unwrapping North Korea

      The claim that North Korea is a mystery that defies explanation is a cliché amply supported by numerous newspaper op-ed pieces.

    • Taehwan Kim
      A Roundup of Recent Titles

      Short reviews of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr; Capitalism 4.0: The Birth of a New Economy in the Aftermath of Crisis by Anatole Kaletsky; Uprising: Will Emerging Markets Shape or Shake the World Economy? etc.

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