The reopening of a 2011 case against human rights NGOs is just a legal pretext for state agencies to smear the only remaining voices which are critical of the government’s policies.
The world of today has no shortage of failed examples of top-down institution building, but that’s not to say that pulling a failed state back from the brink is an impossible feat. Just ask Georgia, the ex-Soviet republic that has been quietly writing its own success story far outside the notice of international headlines.
It has been almost 15 years since Suharto stepped down as President of Indonesia. The country has since boasted unprecedented economic growth, maturing democratic values and a steady rise in living standards. But this story of democratic success is often obscured by two elements of Suharto’s legacy that Jakarta is still struggling to cope with: fragile political institutions and military interference in the political process, says Adriano Marchese of Geopoliticalmonitor.com.
Indonesia has been held up as a role model that Middle Eastern countries could learn some lessons from when it comes to reconciling democracy with Islam. But is there any truth to this claim, or is it merely a case of wishful thinking on the part of Western leaders, asks Zachary Fillingham of Geopoliticalmonitor.com.
How to deal with North Korean refugees is currently one of the hottest issues in China and South Korea’s bilateral relationship. It exposes the dilemma facing China of how to deal with two very different political halves of the divided Korean peninsula, and the resulting constraints on regional cooperation in Asia.