Economic Risk in Asia

    Cheap Trick

    Though Thailand has tried to crack down on child sex and other crimes by foreigners, even when the Thai police do make an arrest, they often cannot hold onto their man. In 2003 alone, Thai authorities fired 18 cops for their complicity in trafficking, and police often take cuts from brothels.

    Back Country: Timor's Hollow Success Story

    By the end of 2005, Timor seemed relatively stable, and appeared to have developed a vibrant civil society and a nascent democracy. Today the entire nation has collapsed into an orgy of communal violence. The reason is that Timor could never broaden its economic growth, very much created by the UN. The idea of Timor as a success story has vanished, providing a lesson for future UN operations.

    Fatal Inaction

    An African child dies of malaria nearly every 30 seconds, and the disease is estimated to cost Africa as much as $12 billion in lost gross domestic product each year. The cost of providing the necessary drugs for the world's malaria sufferers is negligible by the standards of the rich world, yet leadership has been noticeably absent from Washington.

    China's Soft Power in Southeast Asia: What Does It Mean for the Region, and for the U.S.?

    China's soft power strategy hopes to promote its image as a benign power, while reducing Taiwanese and American regional influence. By these criteria, China has been successful. In order to protect its position in Southeast Asia, the U.S. needs to improve its public diplomacy in the region, as the Chinese have proven adept at doing.

    How Russians and Americans View Each Other, Themselves, China and Iran

    Stephen J. Weber, of the Program on International Policy Attitudes, presented the findings of his recent poll on how Russians and Americans view each other, themselves, China, and Iran.

    China's Charm: Implications of Chinese Soft Power

    While China’s rising soft power could prove benign or even beneficial in some respects, it could prove disastrous for Southeast Asia—for democratization, for anticorruption initiatives, and for good governance.

    Paradise Lost: The U.N. Success Story That Wasn't

    China, Burma, and Sudan: Convincing Argument

    China’s investments in Sudan and Burma have come under harsh criticism of late. Energy-hungry China will need to be convinced that bad governance in places like Burma or Sudan fosters instability that is bad for Chinese investment before it will rein in its rogue client states.

    How Rotten Politics Feeds a Bad Loan Crunch in China

    The revelation shows that half-hearted reforms have addressed merely the symptoms of China’s financial fragility. Poor business practices are blamed for NPLs but the real source is political. As long as the ruling Communist party relies on state-controlled banks to maintain an unreformed core of a command economy, Chinese banks will generate more bad loans.

    China's Africa Strategy

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