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February 15, 2012

China
Guest Post: Taiwan and the TPP: Don’t Count Your Chickens

Following the recent reelection of Taiwan president Ma Ying-jeou, media outlets worldwide have speculated about the president’s economic posture in his second term: Will he continue to advance relati…

AIT Chairman Raymond Burghardt greets Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou at the Presidential Office in Taipei.

May 1, 2018

China
Xi’s China Is More Authoritarian at Home and More Assertive Abroad, Argues Elizabeth Economy in New Book

May 1, 2018—“One of the great paradoxes of China today,” writes eminent China scholar Elizabeth C. Economy, “is Xi Jinping’s effort to position himself as a champion of globalization, while at th…

October 5, 2018

Iraq
Iraq’s Two New Leaders Offer a Glimmer of Hope

Salih and Abdul-Mahdi are capable politicians in a nation that desperately needs that, at a time when progress seems possible.

Barham Salih, Iraq's new president, walks with new Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad.

June 8, 2012

Asia
Elizabeth Leader: Trip by Panetta Affirms Shifting U.S. Stance

Elizabeth Leader is a research associate for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.  The visit of Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to Southeast Asia last week reaffirmed the Obama adm…

U.S. defense secretary Leon Panetta sits next to USNS Richard E. Byrd chief mate Fred Cullen as they take a water taxi to the ship in Cam Ranh Bay

September 25, 2018

Nigeria
Boko Haram Leader Shekau's Book Helps Explain Factional Rifts

In June 2018, the Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) leader, Abu Mus’ab al-Barnawi, released a history of his jihadist movement. In 2017, the Ansaru leader, under the pseudonym Abu Usama al-Ansari, also released his own history, while Abubakar Shekau released a book in the name of the Boko Haram faction he currently leads.

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September 11, 2018

China
The Third Revolution

Teaching Notes for The Third Revolution, written by Elizabeth Economy, in which she reveals Xi Jinping's new China model and discusses how other countries should approach this complex and powerful country.

The Third Revolution Teaching Notes by Liz Economy

September 20, 2018

Israel
What Israel’s Campaign to End Prostitution Teaches Us About Women Leaders

Over the course of decades, a determined coalition of Israeli women legislators found common ground to pass new legislation on prostitution.

Dr. Aliza Lavie celebrates exit poll results at the Yesh Atid party's headquarters in Tel Aviv.

September 19, 2018

South Korea
South Korea's Leader Makes Bold Effort to Enhance the Prospects for Peace

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has had more success than many expected in Pyongyang for his third summit with North Korea’s Chairman Kim Jong-un.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un acknowledge the audience at the May Day Stadium in Pyongyang, North Korea

November 15, 2002

China
China’s New Leader Could Prove a Political Reformer, Says Council’s Asia Studies Director Elizabeth Economy

Elizabeth Economy, the Council’s director of Asia Studies, called Hu Jintao, just elected general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, a potential political reformer—noting that “there may be so…

May 17, 2018

China
'The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State' by Elizabeth C. Economy

Elizabeth C. Economy discusses her forthcoming book, The Third Revolution: Xi Jinping and the New Chinese State, which analyzes the contradictory nature of reform under President Xi Jinping. 

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