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

Calm in the Eye of the Cyclone

April 15, 2020 - 17:40 -

By Jakub Polansky, University of Sussex In August 2019, I embarked on a year-long journey to Khorog, a town in the south-eastern part of Tajikistan, to research cross-border trade along the Afghan-Tajik border. As part of my fieldwork, I recently

Cambodia’s wheel of history rolls on

March 20, 2009 - 10:48 -

Alexandra Kent
Senior Researcher
NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

Thirty years after the end of the brutal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, a ‘hybrid’ war crimes tribunal has finally begun. A mixed team of Cambodian and foreign lawyers have just kicked into motion with the trial of ‘Duch’, the first of five suspects to be tried. The others are Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan, Ieng Thirith, Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea.

Challenges to peace in East Asia by Jordi Urgell

November 2, 2009 - 05:42 -

This article attempts to contribute to the
discussion about the emerging concept of ‘East Asian Peace’, which in its
narrower formulation refers to a dramatic decline in the number of battle
deaths from 1979 onwards. By using the data on armed conflicts and peace
processes from the School for a Culture of Peace at the Autonomous
University of Barcelona, the following article raises some
academic questions that need further research.