Are the “flower revolutions” in the Middle East and North Africa endangering stability in China? by Christian Göbel

March 2, 2011 - 10:08 -

These are fascinating
times, as the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East might well be the
beginning of a “Fourth Wave” of Democracy. The late political scientist Samuel
Huntington once likened clustered incidences of democratizations to “waves”. After
the apparent ebbing out of the “Third Wave”, which between 1974 and the early
1990s swept over Southern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Eastern Europe, the
time might have come for another democratic push. As a political scientist
studying stability and instability of authoritarian regimes, I am extremely

Still Repairing Chinese-Japanese Relations by Asger Røjle Christensen

January 20, 2011 - 06:06 -

Yes, there has been a serious crisis
recently between China and Japan.

The collision between a Chinese
fishing trawler and a Japanese coastguard patrol boat close to the disputed
islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, prompted both countries
to take drastic measures which resulted in China canceling a number of
high-level ministerial meetings between the two countries. But no, this doesn’t
imply that the region is on the brink of open confrontation. It doesn’t disturb
the general trend towards a more pragmatic cooperative attitude from both

Nordic-Chinese Energy and Climate Day coming to the Nordic pavilions at EXPO 2010

June 18, 2010 - 08:51 -

On the 25th
of June 2010 the Nordic-Chinese Energy and Climate Day will take place at the
Shanghai World Expo. Key stakeholders from the Nordic and Chinese energy
research sectors will gather to network and exchange ideas. Speakers and guests
include Ministers and high ranking government officials as well as notable
business leaders and researchers. The event will focus on how greater
Chinese-Nordic cooperation and interaction can contribute to the development
and deployment of clean energy and climate technologies. To signify the very

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