The rise of China has often times invited the specter of a 'China Threat', that China will refuse to play by all the rules and norms once imposed by the West. The fear is also accompanied by the ...

"Whose Ideas Matter," by Amitav Acharya, is a handy and elegant book. All the footnotes correspond to the author's careful and well documented study of Western international relations theories, ...

Crammed with statistical nuggets and common sense, his book should be compulsory reading," claimed The Economist. To which Niall Ferguson, a leading historian at Harvard University, further ...

Joe Studwell is an astute political and economic observer. There aren't that many of his kind in the region; who can look beyond the headlines of Wall Street Journal and The Financial Times. He ...

In the view of Andrew Sheng and Ng Chow Soon, "Shadow Banking" is a serious problem in China. The latter can lead to an over focus on financial capitalism-----rather than real economy. The sub prime ...

"China is a civilization pretending to be a state," the late Sinologist Lucian Pye at MIT once affirmed. More accurately, the Chinese communist party is a factional battle-ground masquarading as a ...

China's banking system is opaque. Financial excesses made from the state owned companies are often pumped back into the banking system. To the degree the money has over run the capacity of the formal ...

International relations, may on surface, appear to be a soft discipline. There is no mathematics involved. Not involved deep history. The world appears to operate on the grand plans of the great ...

Written in 2011, and prior to the events of September 11th too, Karen Armstrong, a former Catholic nun turned religious scholar, has always had a fine eye for religious turn of events. She applies ...

Debates on the establishment of an Islamic state in Malaysia generally occur across partisan divides, promoting a reductionist version of Islam as a force to punish and police Muslims' day-to-day ...

Pre modern and modern religions have occasionally been transformed into militant piety; otherwise known as radicalism or violent extremism. In Myanmar, Buddhist radicalism has quickly dominated the ...

The works of Jared Diamond, a top professor in various fields at University of California, Los Angeles, have been the staple reading material at the Ivy League universities since 1999. His "Guns, ...

As an acronym, nothing strikes terror into the heart of many, except ISIS. Nothing also disgusts the Muslim and non Muslim countries more than the perversion of the concept of Islamic State, another ...

No major issues in the world can be answered with any absolute certainty. Take the creation of human life for example. Artificial insemination has made life but a matter of choice and circumstance. ...

Power has always been an ambiguous concept. How can one person influence the mind and decision making matrix of another over a consistent period of time ? What is the mechanism at work ? Proponents ...

The Arab Spring in 2011 has ushered in a unique moment in democratic progress. But is it ? Syria is in tatters; Egypt has suffered a severe democratic reversal; Yemen is trapped in a regional war ...

The very word China often invites awe, if not sheer respect. China, after all, has one of the world's longest surviving civilization; it is the world's most populous nation; indeed one supported by ...

Datuk Leong Chee Woh is a maestro in the art of taking down the communists in Malaysia. Yet, his name has never appeared in the standard historical rendition of how the communists were defeated. ...

On surface, civil society is an unambiguous concept. An online search of the term will give you this standard moniker: "Civil society is the aggregate of non-governmental organizations and ...

Regionalism, as opposed to regionalization, is an ideology attempting a process to convert the one region policy and project, into a "reality." What many scholars cannot agree, and in light of Brexit ...

There remains the persistent myth that Asians are becoming more affluent due to their impressive work ethics. While Asians deserve all due accolades for pulling themselves from the boot-strap of ...
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