China and East Asia
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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?”
The Kims’ Three Bodies: Communism and Dynastic Succession in North Korea
by Bruce Cumings
“The North’s philosophy of rule bears close resemblance to what Koreans traditionally said about their kings—or what Hegel said about the German monarch. . . .”
The Election That Could Reorder South Korea’s Politics
by Gi-Wook Shin
“Electing a new Korean president . . . will have far-reaching political and policy ramifications, both domestic and foreign, perhaps greater than ever in recent history.”
Pluralism, Performance, and Personalities: Political Change in Southeast Asia
by Catharin Dalpino
An old debate that pits democratic values against Asian traditions of strongman rule and preferences for economic progress over political reform still resonates in the region.
Perspective: Can Trade Talks Drive Reform in Japan?
by Aurelia George Mulgan
The Trans-Pacific Partnership promises to open markets and encourage structural reforms, but powerful domestic interests oppose Japan’s involvement.
Japan’s Post-Catastrophe Politics
by Steven Vogel
“Japan’s political leaders have failed to deliver decisive action precisely when the country needed it most—when it faced its most devastating crisis since World War II.”
Does Economic Integration Augur Peace in East Asia?
by Scott L. Kastner
“At the end of the day, it is not clear that economic ties will act as a significant constraint on state behavior when high-stakes issues are on the table.”
The Korean Peninsula on the Verge
by Charles K. Armstrong
“It has become apparent that a policy of isolation, sanctions, lack of dialogue, and ‘strategic patience’ has not worked to weaken North Korea or alter its behavior, much less bring the regime down.”
Deep Danger: Competing Claims in the South China Sea
by Marvin C. Ott
“The South China Sea is a growing focus of concern in Washington, at the headquarters of the US Pacific Command in Honolulu, and in a number of Southeast Asian capitals.”
Myanmar: The Next Failed State?
by Joshua Kurlantzick
“China, other Asian nations, and the United States remain unprepared for Myanmar to spark a refugee crisis, a large-scale conflict along its borders—or even a nuclear breakout.”
Perspective: Indonesia’s Image and Reality
by Donald E. Weatherbee
The world’s largest Muslim democracy is an international success story, but domestic corruption and resistance from fellow ASEAN member-states hinder Jakarta’s ambitions.
Book: China According to Henry
by William W. Finan Jr.
Henry Kissinger in his latest book parts company with international-relations realists who believe China’s rise will necessarily entail conflict with the United States.