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September 2017
China Gambles on Modernizing Through Urbanization
by Kristen Looney and Meg Rithmire
“[T]he plan aims for massive urbanization through the extension of formal permanent residency to current and future migrants in small cities and towns rather than large urban centers.”

September 2017
China’s Corruption Crackdown: War Without End?
by Andrew Wedeman
“Xi’s crackdown on corruption has focused new attention on the much deeper issue of the relationship between power and wealth in contemporary China.”

September 2017
A New President Aims to Change South Korea’s Course
by David C. Kang
“The reality is that powerful business and political clans are deeply embedded in Korean society and unlikely to disappear anytime soon.”

September 2017
Vietnam’s Urgent Task: Adapting to Climate Change
by Pamela McElwee
“[O]ne-size-fits-all adaptation will not work, given the wide variety of regional impacts in Vietnam.” First in a series on climate adaptation around the world.

September 2017
The Tightening Authoritarian Grip on Thailand
by Claudio Sopranzetti
“The regime’s aim is to impose an authoritarian form of order on the country’s makeshift and improvisatory everyday life and its freewheeling public sphere . . .”

September 2017
Trump and the Asia-Pacific: Do the Ties Still Bind?
by Mark Beeson
“The possibility of miscalculation or accident is already high at a time when the region is undergoing major geopolitical change, and when questions about international leadership are much more unsettled than we might have guessed only a few short months ago.”

September 2017
Perspective: Recovering from Disaster, Reinventing Japan?
by Susanne Klien
Civil society groups have helped meet social needs left unaddressed by the official response to the 2011 triple disaster. Their influence may be changing traditional patterns of rural neglect.

September 2017
Books: Chronicles of China’s Spiritual Revival
by Robert P. Weller
A veteran journalist explores the surprisingly varied and vibrant array of religious groups that are now thriving in a country that is officially atheist but searching for something to believe in.

September 2017
Four Months in Review: April-July 2017
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

September 2017
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

September 2016
Can the US and China Coexist in Asia?
by Mark Beeson
“The absence of effective regional institutions means that the geopolitical competition between the United States and China is likely to play out without the constraining influence such organizations can provide…”

September 2016
Migrant Workers’ Fight for Rights in China
by Anita Chan
“The workers themselves have begun demanding better labor conditions and claiming their legal entitlements. No longer as docile as they were in the past, they are emerging as an active force increasingly willing to confront employers.” First in a series on labor relations around the world.

September 2016
Can Democracy Cure Myanmar’s Ethnic Conflicts?
by Mandy Sadan
“Burmese politicians of all persuasions…seem to be equally bereft of inspiration for negotiating a path to a peaceful and inclusive state in which the hopes and aspirations of non-Burman and non-Buddhist communities would be protected.”

September 2016
The Specter of Neo-Authoritarianism in the Philippines
by Mark R. Thompson
“Duterte appeals to those in Philippine society yearning for the reimposition of ‘discipline’ in the spirit of the former dictator Marcos.”

September 2016
Democratic Backsliding and the 
Reach of ISIS in Southeast Asia
by Joshua Kurlantzick
“Governments in Southeast Asia have adopted policies that are fueling militancy by restricting freedoms and fostering authoritarianism.”

September 2016
Abe’s Faltering Efforts to Restart Japan
by Jeff Kingston
“One of the great conundrums of Abe’s second term is how he has managed to retain healthy levels of public support while polls consistently show a majority opposes every one of his signature policies…”

September 2016
Perspective: The Misconceived One-Child Policy Lives On
by Mei Fong
Rules governing the size of Chinese families remain in place—and even with a recent loosening of the policy, it may be too late to avert demographic decline.

September 2016
Books: Mao’s Ordinary People
by Patricia M. Thornton
The latest in a string of recent books on the Cultural Revolution focuses on the experience at the grassroots, where violent upheaval unexpectedly ended in the return of capitalism.

September 2016
Four Months in Review: April-July 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

September 2016
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

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