During the so-called “Third Wave of Democratization” that swept Asia beginning in the 1980s, there was widespread optimism that democracy was developing deep roots in the region. But with growing rivalry between China and the US, and changing political dynamics in many countries in Asia, there are now growing fears of democratic backsliding throughout the region.
Why the deterioration of democratic rule has become a major
A deficit in citizens’ trust in many of the state’s fundamental institutions seriously threatens the future of democracy in the region.
Democratic aspirations with deep roots are facing concerted efforts by Beijing to snuff them out.
They offer differing perspectives in the struggle to entrench democratic norms of governance in a political environment where autocratic tendencies persist.
Narendra Modi has been criticized for policies that deepen social and political divisions. But the reality is easily misunderstood in the context of India’s evolution as a democracy.
It remains to be seen whether the country’s elections or see the deepening of authoritarian tendencies. or see the deepening of authoritarian tendencies.
The failure of the reform government to last even two years can be traced to old rivalries, inexperience and the rise of political Islam.
A new generation of Thais, unencumbered by the past, is emerging to take on the might of entrenched interests.
Can intellectuals who foolishly endorsed leaders who have damaged prospects for democratic governance pave the way for course corrections?
Both have leaders that yield to conflicting political pressures, forcing inevitable compromises. Restoring a healthy balance will be an uphill battle.
For all his bluster, ‘lifetime’ President Xi Jinping seems to act out of a deep and dangerous insecurity about his country’s future. How the world reacts will have lasting consequences.
Evolving energy co-operation has potential to spill over into broader issues involving Japan, South Korea and the US.
Despite challenges, the relationship between Washington, Moscow and Beijing persists and plays an important role in international affairs.
It is important to understand nuanced differences in order to underscore the strength of their enhanced co-operation during a time of global uncertainty.
China’s aggressive response has won plaudits but betrays some of the worrying signs of the SARS crisis.
Many countries brought in border restrictions, buta close look suggests they don’t offer real control.
South Korea has a legal infrastructure that gives the government powerful tools to combat a disease outbreak. The US should take note.
Asia’s Quest for Balance: China’s Rise and Balancing in the Indo-Pacific Edited by Jeff M. Smith
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