By Zhiqiong June Wang, Western Sydney University This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. Introduction Professor Yu Keping argues that the modernisation of Chinese governance requires the presence of five essential elements: institutionalisation, democratisation, rule of law, efficiency, and coordination. Among them,...

By Jianfu Chen, La Trobe Law School This is a follow-up paper for the 2016 SDN Encounter with Yu Keping. Globalisation: cross-currents and counter-currents Professor Yu Keping has helpfully reminded us that globalisation is a process that is promoted and resisted, enhanced and undermined, praised and condemned by various forces and...

Stephen Coleman, University of Leeds This article is part of the Democracy Futures series, a joint global initiative with the Sydney Democracy Network. The project aims to stimulate fresh thinking about the many challenges facing democracies in the 21st century. When cultural practices and performances become obsolete,...

By Jonathan Bogais Facing challenges on many fronts, the first priority for Myanmar’s new government is to curb the country’s systemic violence While seemingly dissimilar in every respect, Myanmar and the Middle East have arrived at an eerily similar ‘historical moment’ in their political trajectories. Both find...

By Adele Webb PHOTO: Rodrigo Duterte presents a contrast to the country's traditional political establishment. (AFP: Noel Celis) The Philippines' president-elect Rodrigo Duterte may be bold, brash and "Trump-like" but he also offers an alternative to the old politics that have left many disaffected. Time will tell...

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