Japan

Nobel Laureate’s transnational literature: 100 per cent hybrid

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Conflicting claims on the literary heritage of Kazuo Ishiguro cannot be resolved when his books are the expression of a transnational literature that does not fully ‘belong’ anywhere, writes Rebecca Suter On October 5, 2017, the Swedish Academy announced that Kazuo Ishiguro was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. In reporting the news, The Japan […]

Korea

North Korea: impulsive and reckless on the outside, rational and strategic within

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North Korea’s nuclear weapons capabilities will not undermine the current deterrence system and regional balance of power nor lead to a nuclear arms race, writes Stephen Szuster The resumption of a nuclear weapons program in North Korea and its successive missile tests in recent months have stoked great alarm, especially when the regime is routinely […]

Cambodia

Cambodia: a democracy no longer, descends into autocratic rule

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The steady erosion of democracy in Cambodia has been dramatically accelerated during 2017, writes Carlyle A. Thayer One of the world’s longest serving leaders, Hun Sen, Cambodia’s Prime Minister, has since 2016 set about deliberately dismantling his country’s democratic system. Month by month, the country’s political opposition has been eviscerated through a combination of coercion […]

Southeast Asia

ASEAN: 50 years of peace and prosperity with tough challenges ahead

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Regional stability and economic prosperity are hallmarks of the ASEAN way, but on its fiftieth anniversary the association faces a demanding security environment that will surely test it, writes Sue Thompson Fifty years ago, when formal regional cooperation in Southeast Asia began, it was clear that non-interference had unanimous support.  In its inaugural declaration of […]