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  • He Wenping Senior Fellow, Charhar Institute

    Apr 29 , 2019

    In an echo of the Arab Spring of 2011, societal earthquakes in Algeria and Sudan shocked North Africa, ousting strongmen who had ruled for decades. The fallen presidents’ fate reveals the importance of the military in Arab societies and the central role of economic development as the foundation of political stability.

  • Kishore Mahbubani Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

    May 18 , 2018

    Can the US be as pragmatic as China?

  • Shaun Tan Writer

    Nov 15 , 2017

    Why do dictators bother paying lip service to democracy?

  • Zhao Jiayu NYU Graduate Student in International Politics and International Business

    Oct 06 , 2017

    Social stratification, though an innate characteristic of any society, has become severe in both the U.S. and China. However, the sources of social stratification and the institutions that rectify it are different in China and the U.S.

  • Wu Zurong Research Fellow, China Foundation for Int'l Studies

    Sep 25 , 2017

    The average Chinese person probably knows more about the United States than the average American knows about China. A closer look at modern China’s history and politics, however, will reveal that the two countries have a great deal in common.

  • Shaun Tan Writer

    Jun 30 , 2017

    The message congressional Republicans took from the 2016 elections was that Republican voters like Trump and hate virtually everyone else in the Republican Party. They fear that if they ever break rank with him they’ll be voted out in the next election. Few politicians got very far by blaming the electorate or scolding them for their bad choices.

  • He Yafei Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs

    Jan 16 , 2017

    It would be unfortunate if the US, as the leading power of globalization, views the changing political and economic landscape as undermining its long-held domination of the world and therefore begins to force changes in the course of globalization. The result would be chaos, and instability for all nations whether or not liberal democracy survives the process.

  • Brahma Chellaney Professor, Center for Policy Research

    Oct 06 , 2016

    The strong tides of anti-establishment anger have shaken politics to its core in a number of Western democracies, as symbolized by the British vote to leave the European Union and the rise of Donald Trump in the United States. Authoritarian capitalism, on the other hand, usually pretends to be meritocracy offering competent governance and economic opportunity for all. In reality, it entrenches corrupt oligarchies that are answerable to no one and that employ ultra-nationalism as the legitimating credo of their monopoly on power.

  • Joseph S. Nye Professor, Harvard University

    Oct 26 , 2016

    In many Western democracies, this is a year of revolt against elites. The success of the Brexit campaign in Britain, Donald Trump’s unexpected capture of the Republican Party in the United States, and populist parties’ success in Germany and elsewhere strike many as heralding the end of an era.

  • Ding Yifan Deputy Director, China Development Research Center

    Sep 19 , 2016

    “Democracy” hasn’t always meant free elections, and it’s never meant nivana. China must cherish its traditional political wisdom and governance framework, and gradually improve its political institutions, in order to render them more appropriate to China's modernization. History tells us that blindly copying Western democracies is a path to disaster.

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