Communism

The Chinese Communist Party’s Relationship with the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s: An Ideological Victory and a Strategic Failure

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CWIHP Working Paper 88

The Chinese Communist Party’s Relationship with the Khmer Rouge in the 1970s: An Ideological Victory and a Strategic Failure

 

Wang Chenyi

December 2018

 

A New Path Forward: Charting a Roadmap to Peace on the Korean Peninsula

As the relationship between North Korea and the United States goes through twists and turns, with the last-minute postponement of a meeting between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korea’s former intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol in early November, policy experts and government officials in South Korea and the United States are left debating how to rekindle the will for denuclearization talks.

China's Soft Power

The dramatic rise of China as a global power with immense geopolitical ambitions has been a largely economic and military story.  Until recently, the one component largely missing from China’s arsenal has been “soft power”–instruments of persuasion and cultural/intellectual influence.  That is no longer the case, but soft power as currently employed by Beijing has a distinctly hard edge.

"Inside North Korea's Dynasty" Documentary Series Premieres on National Geographic TV

The documentary series "Inside North Korea's Dynasty" premiered on Sunday November 11, 2018 on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S.  The four episode series, created by 72 Films and executive produced by David Glover and Mark Raphael explores the family at the center of "the world's only communist dynasty."  

Book Launch: "A Sacred Space is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism" with Dr. Victoria Smolkin

The Bolsheviks imagined Communism as a world without religion. The Soviet experiment was the first attempt to turn this vision into reality. Following the 1917 revolution, the Soviet leadership used a variety of tools -- from education to propaganda and terror -- to overcome religion. Yet through its engagements with religion, the Soviet leadership realized that removing religion from the "sacred spaces" of Soviet life was not enough.

"For Your Freedom and Ours": Remembering the Red Square Protest of August 1968

In August 1968, a group of eight individuals walked out on to the Red Square in Moscow to protest the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. Their act of moral courage became a guiding light for Soviet dissidents and post-Soviet protest leaders. The event will take a look at the Soviet dissident and protest movement through the eyes of Pavel Litvinov, one of the participants of the August 1968 demonstration, Zhanna Nemtsova, and Professor Benjamin Nathans.

Demographic Challenges in Asian Pensions

Paying for pensions is vital to the quality of life for future retirees in Asia.  It's also an issue of great political and economic importance to current and future policy makers in the region.  They are currently wrestling with the dual problems of growing population in the poorest of countries while more developed Asia powers face the quickly approaching reality of rapid aging and declining population. 

Paying for Retirement: Challenges for Private Pension Development in Eastern Europe

How to meet the economic as well as social needs of the elderly is a challenge for any government. It has been particularly taxing for countries transitioning from a command economy in to a free market economy, as citizens have had to adjust expectations for what they should expect from the private as well as public sectors to fund their retirement. Adapting expectations and educating current and future pensioners has been a tremendous hurdle for governments as they look to making fundamental changes in paying for pensions.

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