In the 1990s China embarked on a series of political reforms intended to increase, however modestly, political participation to reduce the abuse of power by local officials. Although there was initial progress, these reforms have largely stalled and, in many cases, gone backward. If there were sufficient incentives to inaugurate reform, why wasn't there enough momentum to continue and deepen them? This book approaches this question by looking at a number of promising reforms, understanding the incentives of officials at different levels, and the way the Chinese Communist Party operates at the local level. The short answer is that the sort of reforms necessary to make local officials more responsible to the citizens they govern cut too deeply into the organizational structure of the party.
Northeast Asia associate Shihoko Goto appears on CCTV to discuss Japan's economic outlook under the leadership of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. See it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtS-wPLubXs
Newly-minted Secretary of State John Kerry is in Asia this week amidst a rising sense of crisis prompted by weeks of bellicose rhetoric and increasingly dangerous threats by regional bad boy North Korea.
Asia Program Distinguished Fellow K.V. Kesavan published a piece on Japan’s new Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
North Korea's provocative behavior may be part of a larger effort to break out of diplomatic isolation and economic dependency on China by pressuring Washington to return to the negotiating table. Commentary co-authored by Jane Harman, Robert Hathaway, and James Person.
When it comes to equality for women, Japan ranks 101st out of 135 countries. Shihoko Goto writes that as an ambassador, Caroline Kennedy could serve to change this as a high-profile voice for empowering women in both Japan and the United States.
Program director Robert M. Hathaway weighs in on Pakistan's troubled future.
In this op-ed from The Dawn, Michael Kugelman writes that while he tends to be an optimist about Pakistan, he fears that the nation's perils are too ingrained and structural to be expunged by even the most exceptional of leaders.
China is rising as a global power, but the position that top foreign policy officials occupy in the Chinese political system is surprisingly far from the center of power, writes Zheng Wang in this op-ed.
A new publication examines the state of the Pakistan-India trade relationship, and what must be done to normalize it.