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This article examines changes in patterns of party competition in Japan and Taiwan following the introduction of mixed parallel electoral systems. National and district level election results demonstrate the consolidation of a two-party system in both countries. Differences in the speed and...
This article examines Russia's relations with Southeast Asia and ASEAN, analyzing in particular the increased attempts under President Vladimir Putin to assert Russian influence in this sub-region. It looks at how Southeast Asia and ASEAN are important for Russia in its aspirations to become a...
This article demonstrates how Tokyo has been exercising economic power in the multilateral talks on North Korea, including over the U.S. The implication is that Japanese foreign and security policy can be regarded as "normal" already ---hence forming a critique of ideas of "normalization" that...
Activists from civil society contributed significantly to the strong performance of the opposition in Malaysia's March 2008 elections, strategizing opposition collaboration, standing as candidates, informing debates, and expanding media options. These efforts boosted the excitement of the polls...
Population aging is not just the socioeconomic issue of Japan's future, but the political issue as well. The sharing of resources for an aging society will reshape policy strategies and democracy-building. This article will examine the direction and nature of participation by the elderly in the...
Russia had two objectives in its relationship with North Korea. One was denuclearization and the other was to promote influence on the Korean Peninsula to balance the U.S. and Japan. Denuclearization has failed, and Russia will adjust to a nuclear North Korea to further its second aim.
China has popularized relocated boarding schools for Tibetans in China. This paper examines the origin and development of these neidi schools, and the perspectives of their graduates. Despite their popularity among Tibetan households, this paper argues that their sustainability over the longer...
NGOs have been a major actor in South Korea's democratic governance and have sometimes played key roles in cooperation with the government. However, their once prominent status is in decline, attributed here to their structural weakness, over-politicization, and the risk of being potentially...
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