"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 ...

Mao is both an iconic figure in modern China, as he is a controversial one. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) broods at any hint of blaming Mao over the fiasco of the 'Great Leap Forward' in the mid ...

In spite of the complex rules and regulations that govern global banking, such as Basel I, II, and III, the banking sector surprisingly is extremely fluid. One can even claim that it is opaque; what ...

Singapore may be a city state but it is a barometer of the world; especially a world driven by capitalist structures, incentives and issues. Lee Kuan Yew is a grand master by virtue of having ruled ...

Indonesia, before or after the fall of President Suharto in 1998, is one of the most complex countries in the world. First of all, it is an ethnic mosaic of different groups and people. Secondly, ...

Many will not agree that 'civilizations' will clash. Some of them may well include the students of the late Samuel Huntington at Harvard itself. They were the first to take the course on the 'clash ...

The 'long peace' is an idea that is often associated with the peace established in 1815 after the Napoleonic war. Europe saw almost one century of peace, except the Crimean War, and the Prusso-French ...

Not many people are aware of the extension school system in the United States, let alone the Ivy League; especially Harvard University. But Michael Shinagel, one of the longest serving deans in the ...

Dr Gerald Segal used to be the head of the Asian security program at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. Always amicable, friendly and approachable, he lost his battle ...

"The Gunpowder Age: China, Military Innovation, and the Rise of the West in World History" is an amazing tome of a book. It debunked one thesis that the Chinese were slow to understand the effects of ...

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 ...

Globalization is key to understanding how the world is becoming more inter connected. How space and time are compressing to become one. But, Jeff Frieden, argued, that the world has witnessed such a ...

"The Tragedy of Great Power Politics," by John Mearsheimer, is written in a lucid, elegant, and powerful manner: that none of the great powers can avoid being trapped in a conflict of permanent ...

James C Scott's Ph.D. thesis, written in the 1960s, used to focus on the peasants in rural Malaya. "Domination and the Arts of Resistance," written in 1999, is a vast improvement of his work on ...

William Easterly is a development specialist. At the Center of Global Development in Washington DC, which works closely with the US government and the World Bank, he has had access to what works, and ...

"Geoeconomics and Statecraft" is premised on one idea, and one idea only, that it is far more effective to impose one's values and grand strategy on another region-----if not the world----by shrewd ...

There remains a 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 ...

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 ...

Michael Pilsbury, who has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, has been a top American strategist on China since 1970. It was he, rather than Henry Kissenger, who conceived the ...

Misha Glenny has covered the Balkans for the BBC before. He is arguably one of the best commentators on that region, both before and after the Bosnian War in 1991-1994. Somewhat inspired by the seedy ...
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