A personal comment by Geir Helgesen, Senior Researcher, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies
A change of leader in South Korea: does it matter much? Is it not, after all, the institutions and rules that characterize democratic governance while the president is more of a figurehead? Well, yes and no. South Korea is a democracy, as is the USA, but in both countries the president plays a decisive role, in Korea even more so than in the USA.
Stig Toft Madsen
18 February 2008
For the last twelve months the telos of events in Pakistan have been the elections, postponed once, but now most likely to be held tomorrow on February 18th.
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Århus
Now ten years of active engagement between South and North Korea can be evaluated. Was it worth it? Is the relationship improving? Will North Korea dismantle its nuclear facilities and even give up any nuclear weapons it might possibly have
Stig Toft Madsen
30. december 2007
Med attentatet på Benazir Bhutto den 27. december har det pakistanske politiske drama nået et foreløbigt klimaks. Dræbt på næsten samme sted som landets første ministerpræsident Liaqat Ali Khan, i samme by som hendes far blev hængt, nær den pakistanske hærs hovedkvarter, og tæt på landets hovedrige hovedstad, indskriver mordet på Benazir Bhutto sig i landets korte historie som endnu et tilbageslag for demokratiet og for den personlige sikkerhed.
For more than 20 years, Southeast Asia has been a laboratory of military politics, democratization, and drastic political change. Stable but violent authoritarian military and civilian governments have had to step down abruptly (Suharto 1998; Marcos 1986, for example). The
Yesterday (November 26th) the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidenske ran an article by Sten Jensen called “Musharraf slipper løverne ind” (“Musharraf lets in the lions”) about the triumphant return of Nawaz Sharif. How come Nawaz Sharif is associated with a lion?
Introduction to the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China
Comment by Jesper Schlæger