• Mon-06-2024
Indian election 2024: Five key moments to understand the past six weeks (June 2, 2024, BBC)

India’s election, the biggest in the world, saw more than six weeks of gruelling campaigning - often in blistering heat. So what were the big talking points? And just how huge was it?

  • Mon-06-2024
Divisions Set to Deepen in Georgia After Foreign Influence Law Passes (May 29, 2024, The New York Times)

However, while most Georgians support joining the European Union and NATO, according to polls, the views of the overwhelmingly young protesters in Tbilisi have found little sympathy in more conservative areas outside the city center.

  • Mon-06-2024
Why protests erupted in Armenia and whether Moscow can preserve its influence over the country (May 29, 2024, European Pravda)

Armenian society was outraged not so much by returning these territories (as the villages in question were part of the Azerbaijan SSR during the Soviet period, and demarcation should follow Soviet borders), but by Armenia’s unilateral concessions.

  • Mon-06-2024
‘Putin’s patience snapped’: Insiders marvel at Russia’s military purge (May 27, 2024, The Guardian)

A former defence official said the arrests showed that the balance of power had swung in favour of Russia’s security services, while its military appears in disarray.

  • Mon-06-2024
Tunisia’s 2024 Presidential Race: Elections, No Elections, and Under What Conditions? (May 28,2024, The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy)

The first round of elections is supposed to be held between July and October 2024, and the fact that ISIE has still not fixed an election day with less than a few months before the first round of presidential elections is unprecedented.

  • Sun-05-2024
How Iran has quietly fixed the race for the next supreme leader (May 14, 2024, Financial Times)

Whoever succeeds Khamenei will become Iran’s highest arbiter on matters of domestic and foreign policy and defence, shaping not just the trajectory of its political Islam but also the regime’s future…When it comes, the succession will present a moment of existential risk to the regime, potentially exposing the true dynamics of power, with the Revolutionary Guards asserting dominance over state affairs and shrinking space for other influential political and religious groups that have been pillars of the republic since the 1979 Islamic revolution. The public opposition that shook the regime in 2022 may blossom once again.

  • Mon-06-2024
China rolls out large language model AI based on Xi Jinping Thought (May 21, 2024, South China Morning Post) (Sign-in required)

The philosophy is officially known as “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”, and includes his instructions on all aspects of political, social and economic life. It was enshrined in China’s constitution in 2018.

  • Mon-06-2024
Business-First Hong Kong Now Comes With a Catch: Beijing Politics (May 28, 2024, The New York Times)

Doing business in Hong Kong increasingly comes with a new risk: the political cost of upsetting Beijing. Chinese clients recently dropped one big Chicago law firm after it recused itself from a politically sensitive case. A former Wall Street banker was muzzled for writing a “Hong Kong is dead” column. And Google was effectively cornered into enforcing a ban on a popular protest anthem.

  • Mon-06-2024
What If Israel Had Been in China? (June 2, 2024, Foreign Policy)

When China overestimated the influence of Jewish interests in U.S. politics during World War II, it wasted valuable time and a few stacks of paper. But with the Chinese government now trying to position itself as the world’s alternative superpower, misreading the politics of Zionism could be far more costly.

  • Sun-05-2024
(Video) Human Flourishing in Chinese Thought: A Christian Response (May 8, 2024, ChinaSource Blog)

Then, drawing on parallels with the biblical faith, she proposed that the Christian gospel holds relevance to the aspirations of cultural Chinese concerning human flourishing as defined by Confucian ideals.