Op-eds

Taiwan’s NGO policy: Lessons for Asia

Taiwan’s NGO policy:Lessons for Asia Nowadays the international community hears about the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the context of cross-strait relations and the up-coming Presidential election. Taiwan today is a country that not only inherits ancient Chinese culture and art, including the original system of traditional hieroglyphs (unlike the simplified version used in mainland…

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A Plea To All

A Plea to All August 6th may be just other day of the year to you, but to some of us,it is the day that reminds us about the horrors of World War II Hiroshima patients – burns due to atomic radiation of legs On August 6th, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.…

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Who’s the Real Threat to Japan?

Who’s the Real Threat to Japan? The recent agreement on the planned national security legislation between the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and its coalition partner, Komeito, is hardly a cause for celebration. While the latter convinced the former to include a “break” mechanism that would require Diet’s approval before allowing SDF dispatch, it hardly…

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Is Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev the Lee Kwan Yew of Central Asia?

Is Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev the Lee Kwan Yew of Central Asia? When Singapore was expelled from Malaysia in 1965, the prospects for the newly-orphaned country were not positive. Weak, lacking resources, deeply divided along racial fault lines and surrounded by hostile neighbors, during his 25-year rule Lee Kwan Yew was nonetheless able to transform the small…

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Looking back on Afghanistan’s future

Looking back on Afghanistan’s future In a year that was marked by conflict and instability around the globe, the 2014 December 28th declaration of the formal end of the US-led war in Afghanistan should have been greeted as welcome news. But in a country that has endured 36 years of continual civil war, the withdrawal…

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