A Path Once Traveled: How Southeast Asia Withstood the Global Recession

by TOMMIE THOMPSON Like a lot of the developing world, Southeast Asia was fairly resilient during the initial thrust of the Global Recession. The region had one of the smallest dips in economic performance, and a few of its countries – Indonesia and the Philippines – even experienced growth. However, its success was not sustained as ...

A Fulcrum to the Asian Pivot: Creating Lasting Democratic Societies in South-East Asia

by MITCHELL DENNIS Of the eleven nations comprising South-East Asia, only three can be classified as democracies. The region comprises over 600 million people; yet none of them live in a free society, as measured by Freedom House. Democracies were not always rare in this region. The region was often championed as a paragon for democratic ...

Democracy, really?

AHMAD MUSTAFA -- Democracy does not necessarily lead to constitutional liberalism, but constitutional liberalism many a time has led to some degree of democracy. Republished with permission from the Daily Times. July last year, Prime Minister Gilani echoed the oft-heard dictum upheld in many political quarters (especially among the Pakistan People’s Party) that democracy is the ...

The Ongoing Importance of the West

G.P. CREAN IV - A Review of Kishore Mahbubani's "The Case against the West: American and Europe in the Asian Century" from Foreign Affairs 87, no. 3 (2008). When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990 and the Cold War ended, the new international political order that emerged was unclear. The sole superpower remaining after decades of a bipolar ...

Making the US a True Partner

MATTHEW SCHWEITZER -- The complexity of the Arab-Israeli environment demands that the US accepts a role as a cooperative member of an international community seeking equitable peace, not as the sole leader. Originally published at The Risky Shift, where Mr. Schweitzer is a contributing author.  The United States’ role in the Arab-Israeli conflict has been the ...

French Minority Groups and US Foreign Policy

WALTER QUINTANILLA --  Though France is the U.S.’s oldest mission, the diplomatic relationship with the new French social composition will be one more complicated than before. Introduction: Europe has undergone a massive change in racial make-up. Rapid immigration has changed a predominantly white population with one that is more mixed and based around North African, Middle ...

The American Aversion to Treaties

AIDAN MILLIFF --  Examining the Legal Opposition to the UNCRC republished from the University of Chicago Undergraduate Law Review Critics of the United States’ failure to ratify a host of UN treaties in the late 20thand early 21st century commonly point to two distinct objections. First, the US was instrumental in drafting each of these documents, which ...

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