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June 22, 2017

China
Hong-Kong-Democracy-BGR.jpg Democracy in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has certain political and economic freedoms based on China’s “one country, two systems” principle, but the city’s political evolution is challenging its relationship with the mainland.

January 17, 2018

China
A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds A Few Words on China’s Holdings of U.S. Bonds

A primer on China reserve watching.

January 17, 2018

Israel
Adnan Abidi/Reuters Is Israel’s International Isolation Diminishing?

Votes against Israel at the United Nations over the decades seem to indicate it is a pariah nation, but the country’s expanding bilateral ties tell a different story.

January 8, 2018

China
XJP1 China: Pretender to the Throne

The New Year has brought a rash of new articles and proclamations to the effect that the retreat of the United States has left the door open for China to walk through and assume the mantle of global …

December 13, 2016

China
china-hong-kong-tourism-plot Hong Kong Is Now a Negative Indicator of Chinese Tourism Imports

I haven’t written about China’s tourism imports for a while. Suffice to say they remain a puzzle. To recap quickly, China’s reported imports of tourism soared in 2014 and 2015—with imports of touris…

December 28, 2017

Women and Women's Rights
Women's March DC Women Around the World: Year in Review

Welcome to a special edition of "Women Around the World: This Week," a series that highlights noteworthy news related to women and U.S. foreign policy. This week's post, which highlights 2017's most …

December 7, 2017

Elections and Voting
Kenya elections Pivotal Elections of 2017

The past year saw voters around the world shake the status quo and reshape longstanding assumptions in elections across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

November 28, 2017

Economics
G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

November 18, 2016

China
rohingya-children Rakhine Lockdown, Hong Kong Disqualifications, Choigate, and More

Rachel Brown, Sherry Cho, Gabriella Meltzer, and Gabriel Walker look at five stories from Asia this week. 1. Rohingyas suffer under Rakhine lockdown. Myanmar’s Rakhine State, home to roughly 1.1 mil…

October 18, 2017

China
18th Party Congress China’s Leaky Political Pipeline

Maylin Meisenheimer is a research associate in the Asia studies program at the Council on Foreign Relations This blog is cross-posted with CFR's Asia Unbound.  The 19th Party Congress is almost…