8. Jul 2008

Nordic strategies for China and Asia – energy, environment, climate change and R&D

China, development, energy, environment, InFocus, policy, R&D, research, strategies

Jørgen Delman
PhD, Director, NIAS.


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19. Jun 2008

The Return of the Asian Food Crisis – What is happening and why?

agriculture, InFocus

Magnus Jirström
Associate Professor, Department of Social and Economic Geography, Lund University.

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9. Jun 2008



By Mikael Gravers


Why is it so difficult to get international aid into Burma and to help the survivors of the cyclone? And why is the regime afraid of foreign humanitarian assistance?

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23. May 2008

The Wenzhou Earthquake experienced from Yinchuan.


By Jesper Schlæger, Ningxia, Yinchuan I am in Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, some 800 kilometers north of the earthquake epicenter in Sichuan. In Yinchuan the quake was also felt quite strongly (above 4 on the Richter scale) as a kind of waves more than shocks. The quake lasted for about 4 minutes. It took […]

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24. Apr 2008

On Freedom of Speech and Compulsions of Silence


Stig Toft Madsen
April 14, 2008

Scene 1:

In the silent zone compartment of the IC19 Copenhagen-Århus train the rules are simple. All electronic equipment must be switched to silent mode, and conversations must be conducted in other parts of the train. The freedom of speech severely constrained, passengers enjoy a quiet working atmosphere or the chance to sleep as if in their own bed.

Scene 2:

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2. Apr 2008

Lean in Japan by Lau Blaxekjær

InFocus, Japan, Lean

In Denmark as well as the US and many other European countries Lean has developed from being a production system in the private sector to becoming a public administration management tool. Critics call it a panacea, but Lean is without any doubt a buzz word in public administration circles and applied many places. However, there […]

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20. Mar 2008

The Jewel in the Riots

China, InFocus, Tibet

The Fourteenth Dalai Lama and Tibetan Freedom Fight

Trine Brox
Ph.D. Fellow, Tibetan Studies
Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies
University of Copenhagen

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11. Mar 2008

Human rights in China: the 2008 Olympics and beyond

China, InFocus

Cecilie Figenschou Bakke
Director, China Programme
Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo

Mounting criticism of China

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3. Mar 2008

China and India: the new innovation power houses?

China, India, InFocus, Innovation

Cristina Chaminade, CIRCLE – Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy, Lund University, Sweden
Jan Vang, CIT – Copenhagen Institute of Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark

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24. Feb 2008

South Korea, 25.02.08: a new president is sworn in

InFocus, Korea

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.

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