The critical moments of the general congress of Egypt’s ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) came when the delegates voted on amendments to the party’s bylaws and on new leadership bodies. The votes served as evidence that the NDP has been sufussed with supporters of Gamal Mubarak and the modernizing agenda he represents.
In attempting to hold on to power at any cost, Pervez Musharraf has alienated Pakistanis and precipitated a political crisis that could reverberate throughout the region. But in this unseemly effort the Pakistani president has found an important ally—the Bush administration.
But the time for mere condemnation is over. It's time for America to cut the cord on Musharraf and throw in entirely with the country's democratic forces.
This old debate ought to sound familiar, for we have been having it again over the surprising resilience of autocracy in China, Russia, Venezuela and elsewhere. It wasn't supposed to be this resilient.
Edited by Ashley Tellis, with contributions by leading Asia specialists including Frederic Grare of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, this book, the seventh in NBR's strategic Asia series, examines the varied political transitions and internal changes occurring in pivotal Asian states and evaluates the impact on Asian foreign policymaking and strategy.
The argument that the ingredients for democracy and hunger for it are missing in Burma, is plain wrong. Also, the idea that Burma is multi-ethnic and hence needs autocracy to maintain stability is debunked by its giant neighbor, India. Missing from this argument justifying the junta in Burma is a crucial fact - the international community has supported the regime until the recent past.
For the first time in nearly twenty years, Burma has burst into open protest against the military junta, captivating the world with its ‘saffron revolution.’
The China Program at Carneige Endowment hosted two panels that discuss current progress in Bejing regarding its preparation for the Olympic Game in 2008.
Failure to contain endemic corruption among Chinese officials poses one of the most serious threats to the nation’s future economic and political stability. Minxin Pei argues that corruption not only fuels social unrest and contributes to the rise in socioeconomic inequality, but holds major implications beyond its borders for foreign investment, international law, and environmental protection.