Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India
Society,South Asia
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim - 13 Feb 2017

Good Cop, Bad Cop: The Police and its Representations in India

The popularity of the Singam movies in India suggest a thirst in the audience for their justice system to perform a thorough and righteous cleansing of the corrupt and criminal elements which they have to live with in their everyday lives.  
A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity
Society,East Asia

By Yanming Li - 08 Feb 2017

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Autonomy and Maturity

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building
Society,East Asia

By Yanming Li - 06 Feb 2017

A Relook at Japan’s Modern History: Nation Building

The Era of Deglobalization Has Already Begun
Society

The Era of Deglobalization Has Already Begun

The first wave of globalization began with Western colonization. In the last several decades, we have seen Americanization or internationalization. However, there are a lot of contradictions, for example, interdependence is not the same as Americanization.
Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call
Politics,Society

Trump’s Victory is a Wakeup Call

The victory of Trump constitutes part of a global trend, where the failure of ruling parties in the West and elsewhere to address the real and deeply felt grievances of their citizens have thrust political power or influence onto demagogues and xenophobes.
South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists
Society,Security,South Asia

South Asia’s Urban, Educated Jihadists

In the last two years, since the advent of the Islamic State terrorist group, a new breed of educated jihadists from the urban middle and upper middle class has emerged in South Asia. This new breed has two nodes of presence: self-radicalised cells and lone-wolf individuals.
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The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing
Society,Security

The Afghan War Stalemate: Neither Winning nor Losing

Since the International Security Assistance Force drawdown from Afghanistan in December 2014, America’s ad-hoc and confusing policies, the incompetence of the Afghan government, and the Taliban’s inflexibility to peace talks have complicated the stalemate of the Afghan conflict.
By Abdul Basit - 06 Jan 2017 | 0 comments Read more...
2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism
Politics,Economy,Society

2016: A Breakthrough Year for Populism

2016 was a breakthrough year for populism, highlighted by the victory of the “leave” campaign in the UK’s Brexit referendum in June, and Donald Trump’s win in the US general elections in November.
Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia
Society,Southeast Asia

Design of Municipal Water Tariffs in Southeast Asia

The concept of a meme is a useful way of thinking about the widespread adoption of increasing block tariffs, the approach most municipal water utilities in Southeast Asia now use to calculate their customers’ water bills.
How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class
Economy,Society

How Predatory Value Extraction Ruined the American Middle Class

Since the 1980s, US business corporations have been restructuring employment relations and financial behavior. Many people lost their jobs and were forced to find jobs in new places. It is a fact that the benefits and costs of the restructuring have been distributed unequally.
Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help
Politics,Society

Trumpism: Shifting the Spotlight Away Might Help

Trumpism is now shaping events around the world, like the One China policy and the Russian intervention of the presidential election. The best approach is to devalue Trumpism and treat US President-elect Donald Trump as an ordinary US president.
By Nong Hong - 19 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China
Economy,Society,China

Land Transfer and Rural Economic Reform in China

The National Development and Reform Commission of China released its five-year plan (2016-20) for rural economic development in November 2016. In this plan, rising costs in agricultural production have been highlighted as a major challenge.
By Jiwei Qian - 09 Dec 2016 | 0 comments Read more...
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