Through his retelling of modern Burmese history, Thant Myin-U traces the often-overlooked causes of conflict in a complicated nation. Among them: ethno-nationalism, indeed, but also burgeoning capitalist markets, seismic economic restructuring, proletarianization and the thunderous march of neoliberalism. Continue reading Burmese Days: Whither the National League for Democracy?
Unlike the bipolar US electorate, Chinese intellectuals stand in one of three corners: those who support Biden, those who earnestly support Trump (yes, really) and those who support Trump only cynically. Continue reading A Nation of Melon-Eaters: How China Views the US Election.
Donald Trump is eager for foreign policy victories before America’s election, but the CCP’s plenum has also made note of the “strategic opportunity” to “grasp the changing international situation” and should be looking for diplomatic victories to burnish its reputation as a reliable mediator. Competition between the two to secure peace in historically troubled parts of the world offers a glimmer of hope for multi-polar international relations. Continue reading China’s Dam Dilemma: Strategic Competition in the Horn of Africa