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September 2013
Can Xi’s Governing Strategy Succeed?
by Cheng Li and Ryan McElveen
“[W]ithout gradual but bold reform of the legal system, media openness, and a more accountable and representative political structure, the next phase of economic reform will not go far.”

September 2013
Abenomics After Japan’s Upper House Election
by Kay Shimizu
“Although July’s electoral victory was a necessary condition for pushing Abe’s economic program forward, a closer look at the election results and the prime minister’s current political positioning reveals a number of challenges ahead.”

September 2013
Soft Power’s Rise and Fall in East Asia
by Jing Sun
“Although China’s assertiveness has been a major factor in the latest hardening of relations in East Asia, Beijing’s retreat from soft power has not necessarily benefited those who are viewing the rise of China most anxiously.”

September 2013
The Evolving Tactics of China’s Green Movement
by Judith Shapiro
“The activists’ strategies . . . reflect both the importance of new social media and the shifting constraints under which civil society must operate in an authoritarian state.”

September 2013
Yudhoyono’s Legacy: Between Politics and Principle
by Paige Johnson Tan
“[W]hen he departs the presidency in 2014, Yudhoyono will leave an Indonesia in which politics, while messy, is increasingly played according to the rules. . . .”

September 2013
Trauma and Triumphalism in Malaysia
by Bridget Welsh
“[T]he incumbent forces have reformulated old strategies to deflect contenders for power while narrowing the political space for substantive reform.”

September 2013
Perspective: Can the Korean Princelings Make Progress?
by Charles Armstrong
North and South Korea’s leaders are both scions of ruling families with a history of mutual hostility. Still, there is cause to hope that the South’s Park Geun-hye will try what is long overdue: clear-headed, sustained engagement with the North.

September 2013
Books: China’s Shame and Rejuvenation
by William W. Finan, Jr.
The authors of a new history of modern China argue that nationalism, not communism, has propelled the country’s political evolution and its rise as an international power.

September 2013
Four Months in Review: April-July 2013
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events, country by country, day by day, from April through July 2013.

September 2013
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

September 2012
China’s 18th Party Congress: What’s at Stake?
by Joseph Fewsmith
“Will the instinct to reinforce the rules of elite politics . . . undermine the leadership’s ability to respond to the issues that Bo Xilai and the New Left aired?”

September 2012
The China Threat and the “Pivot” to Asia
by Hugh De Santis
“America’s expanding military footprint in Asia may be more of a provocation than a deterrent to China’s aggressive behavior.”

September 2012
The Kims’ Three Bodies: Communism and Dynastic Succession in North Korea
by Bruce Cumings
“The North’s philosophy of rule bears close resemblance to what Koreans traditionally said about their kings—or what Hegel said about the German monarch. . . .”

September 2012
The Election That Could Reorder South Korea’s Politics
by Gi-Wook Shin
“Electing a new Korean president . . . will have far-reaching political and policy ramifications, both domestic and foreign, perhaps greater than ever in recent history.”

September 2012
China’s Post-Socialist Inequality
by Martin King Whyte
“The country’s sharp increase in income inequality is not the result of the rich getting richer while the poor become poorer.”

September 2012
Pluralism, Performance, and Personalities: Political Change in Southeast Asia
by Catharin Dalpino
An old debate that pits democratic values against Asian traditions of strongman rule and preferences for economic progress over political reform still resonates in the region.

September 2012
Perspective: Can Trade Talks Drive Reform in Japan?
by Aurelia George Mulgan
The Trans-Pacific Partnership promises to open markets and encourage structural reforms, but powerful domestic interests oppose Japan’s involvement.

September 2012
Books: The Last Gulags
by William W. Finan Jr.
A new book about a fugitive from North Korea casts chilling light on the world’s last remaining national system of concentration camps.

September 2012
Four Months in Review
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April 2012 through July 2012, country by country, day by day.

September 2012
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

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