News

Articles & Contributions from Members & Partners



Putin says Russia ready to continue peace treaty talks with Japan

Nikkei Asia – 5 June 2021 Russian President Vladimir Putin recently said at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum that “Both Russia and Japan share a strategic interest in concluding a peace treaty” and that both countries are “ready to continue negotiations”. This comes during a continued dispute over the sovereignty of a group of…

Iran’s decade of protests: an interview with Firoozeh Farvardin and Nader Talebi

Gennaro Gervasio and Enrico De Angelis, openDemocracy – 22 March 2021 “Everyday life has become a constant gamble. A taxi driver once told us that ‘they turned the country into a huge casino’”. In this interview Farvardin and Talebi, both Iranian academic researchers at Berlin’s Humboldt University, specialising in Middle Eastern politics, nationalism, migration and gender…

‘Electoral autocracy’: The downgrading of India’s democracy

Soutik Biswas, BBC News – 16 March 2021 According to Freedom House and The Economist Intelligence Unit data, democracy around the world is in decline and one country where this is most apparent is the world’s largest democracy, India. This article in BBC News explains why Modi’s government are being blamed for these new rankings…

Tsai’s leadership makes its mark in Taiwan

 Dumrongkiat Mala, Bangkok Post – 1 March 2021 Tsai Ing-wen has made Time magazine’s 2020 Top 100 most influential people, partly due to her success in containing Covid-19. Taiwan’s first female president, Ms Tsai’s strong work ethic has came from her humble roots and her parent’s small-business background, and her championing of women’s and LGBT…

Thailand’s monarchy must learn to coexist with democracy

Panarat Anamwathana, Nikkei Asia – 3 February 2021 In this article on Nikkei Asia, Anamwathana presents an analogy of a historical battle to explain the dispute between Thailand’s Monarchy and its citizens over who built the nation, however the author states that both can share a role in this and the monarchy should coexist with…

Thai protesters angry at royal insults law and want monarchy reform

BusinessDay – 10 February 2021 Protests in Thailand originally planned for showing solidarity with the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar turned into a show of opposition against the country’s lese-majesty law as protestors called for a reform of the monarchy. This article in BusinessDay describes the scenes in Bangkok as the youth-led protests were met with…

The never-ending political game of Malaysia’s Mahathir Mohamad

This article was originally published in Brookings by Sophie Lemière Former autocrat and self-reinvented democrat Mahathir Mohamad won the 2018 general elections, but less than two years later, the democratic fairy tales ended. In January 2020, under pressure from internal dissenters in his coalition, Mahathir resigned from the government. The old ruling party (United Malay…

Iraq’s New Independence Day: Reclaiming a Nation’s Lost Identity

 Luay al-Khatteeb – The Navigator for Center for Global Policy This article was first published in the Navigator, from the Center for Global Policy. “In this regard and with sadness, I have to say that it is my belief there is no Iraqi people inside Iraq. There are only diverse groups with no patriotic sentiments.…