The ‚ÄėAxis of Evil‚Äô coined by President George W. Bush is not so much redundant for Washington today as in need of descriptive expansion, argues Albrecht Rothacher. The threat of a new enlarged axis of evil is all the greater for the increasing neo-isolationism of the United States Read more
Several liberal democracies view the People‚Äôs Republic of China no longer as a strategic partner, but as a systemic rival. Yet how intense is China‚Äôs influence? The China Index seeks to measure this influence across different domains. This is a welcome first step, but it is not without far-reaching flaws, write Lars Pelke and Katrin Kinzelbach Read more
The case of Hong Kong shows that Chinese Communist Party dominance has a negative impact on empowerment rights. For Taiwan, though, it could end up much worse. Stephen Bagwell and Meridith LaVelle explore the potential outcomes of this scenario, using evidence from Hong Kong and data from the Human Rights Measurement Initiative Read more
Albrecht Rothacher contends that China‚Äôs recent threats towards Taiwan in response to Nancy Pelosi‚Äôs visit should not be taken at face value. An invasion of Taiwan would be a highly dangerous mission for China, carrying enormous costs for both China, the US and Europe Read more
Albrecht Rothacher argues that the Russian experience of invading Ukraine has caused China to rethink its militaristic intentions regarding Taiwan. What once might have been perceived as a ‚Äėsolution‚Äô to the Taiwanese problem now looks unfeasible in the light of Ukraine‚Äôs and the West‚Äôs response to Russian aggression Read more
Sor-hoon Tan explores the challenge that ‚ÄėChinese democracy‚Äô represents for Jean-Paul Gagnon‚Äôs democracy ‚Äėdata mountain‚Äô project. She argues that exploring the Chinese case helps us establish the wide-ranging parameters to the project. It also identifies the theoretical issues we must confront for the project to succeed Read more
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