Central Asia’s Island Of Democracy Sinks Into Authoritarianism

By Hudson Institute By Bruce Pannier (FPRI) — In the early 1990s, Kyrgyzstan was often referred to as an “island of democracy” in Central Asia. The “island’s” shores have receded over the years, but relative to its neighbors, Kyrgyzstan remained the most democratic country. Three distinguishing features of Kyrgyzstan include an active political opposition, a […]

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China Adopts Cautious Tone on Taiwan Amid Rising Tensions: Focus Shifts to Deterrence and Economic Integration

In the wake of a recent maritime clash near Taiwan-ruled Kinmen islands, China’s top leaders maintain a measured stance on Taiwan during the annual parliamentary meetings in Beijing. Premier Li Qiang and Communist Party of China’s (CPC) fourth-ranked official, Mr Wang Huning, delivered reports emphasizing Beijing’s opposition to separatist activities but refrained from escalating rhetoric. […]

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Why India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor Is A Gamechanger

By Bibek Debroy, Aditya Sinha The transformative potential of the India-Middle East-Europe Economic Corridor (IMEC) recalls the prescient observations made by Peter Frankopan in his seminal book, “The Silk Roads: A New History of the World.” Frankopan meticulously charts the historic relevance of trade routes, emphasizing their role not just in the exchange of goods, […]

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Tajikistan: Free Political Activist and Drop Charges

(Berlin, September 11, 2023) – The Tajik authorities should drop trumped up charges against Nizomiddin Nasriddinov and immediately release him, the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, Human Rights Watch, Freedom for Eurasia, and Freedom Now said today. Nasriddinov, a political activist, was recently extradited from Belarus at the request of the Tajik government. Nasriddinov is a vocal […]

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Cambodia’s New Leader Poses Dilemma for Western Powers

Western leaders face a dilemma in dealing with Cambodia’s new leader Hun Manet, eager to try to forge ties based on his education in the United States and Britain but hesitant to be seen as endorsing the undemocratic way in which he came to office weeks ago. “The fact that Hun Manet came to power […]

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G20 Summit: India’s Authorit­arianism Strangles Solutions to Global Challenges

Rather than setting an agenda that would put forward the voices of the Global South and the world’s most marginalized, India has used its G-20 presidency for cynically domestic political purposes. By Avinash Kumar and Alena Kahle On September 9, the most powerful heads of state will meet in India for the annual G-20 Summit. […]

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