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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18. Feb 2008


InFocus, Pakistan

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.

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13. Feb 2008

Timor Leste: ‘when the crisis is over…’


Maj Nygaard-Christensen
PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, University of Århus

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21. Jan 2008

Militancy and the Pakistan-Afghanistan Border

Afghanistan, InFocus, Pakistan

Nicklas Norling
Institute for Security and Development Policy (ISDP), Stockholm

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3. Jan 2008

Korea Now by Senior Researcher Geir Helgesen, NIAS

InFocus, Korea

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 in stock? Will the deals agreed upon by the outgoing South Korean administration and the […]

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30. Dec 2007

Endnu engang skete dét, der ikke måtte ske og ikke kunne ske

InFocus, Pakistan

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.

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21. Dec 2007

Thailand: The art of (considering) the possible by Timo Kivimäki, NIAS

InFocus, Thailand

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 dominance of militaries has suddenly declined in many areas of protracted conflict (Aceh 2005 & […]

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