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September 2014
Citizen Contention and Campus Calm: The Paradox of Chinese Civil Society
by Elizabeth J. Perry
“Contrary to conventional predictions, the growth of protest and civil society in contemporary China seems more conducive to the resilience of authoritarianism than to imminent democratization.”

September 2014
History’s Unfinished Business in East Asia
by Rana Mitter
“China . . . is determined that it will have greater influence than it enjoys at present, and it will use historical justifications to make its case.” First in a series on resurgent nationalism around the world.

September 2014
How Real Are Myanmar’s Reforms?
by Christina Fink
“Full democratization may not be achieved in the near future, but given that the reform process was initiated by the regime, Myanmar has come a long way.”

September 2014
The Roots of China’s Ethnic Conflicts
by Yan Sun
“A better understanding of the flaws in China’s ethnic policy would help ease the vicious cycle of ever more sticks and carrots in dealing with sensitive regions.”

September 2014
Mongolia Searches for Breathing Room
by Li Narangoa
“Mongolian leaders have decided the nation must find ways to take care of itself, rather than rely on its neighbors.”

September 2014
Perspective: China’s Bullying No Match for US Pacific Power
by Bruce Cumings
Beijing’s grabs for puny islands have alarmed and alienated smaller countries in the region. But Washington doesn’t need to “pivot” to Asia—it’s been in charge there for decades.

September 2014
Books: Forbidden Memories of 1989
by Kate Merkel-Hess
New books by Evan Osnos and Louisa Lim show the profound dissonance between official amnesia and personal recollections of the Tiananmen tragedy.

September 2014
Four Months in Review: April–July 2014
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events from April through July, country by country, day by day.

September 2014
Map of China and East Asia
by the editors of Current History
Map

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?”

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