Asia

The Economic and Geo-Political Implications of China-Centric Globalization

  • By
  • Thomas Palley,
  • New America Foundation
February 8, 2012

The last 30 years have witnessed the era of globalization which has been marked by the creation of an integrated global economy. Globalization has been the product of both policy and market forces, and U.S. policymakers have persistently been in the vanguard. However, what began as a project of globalization has been transformed with little explicit public discussion into a project of China-centric globalization.

Stop Fretting About Beijing as a Global Policeman

  • By
  • Parag Khanna,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Jonas Parello-Plesner, European Council on Foreign Relations
December 28, 2011 |

This year proved a tipping point for China’s approach to the world. The confluence of Europe’s debt crisis and America’s contracting defence budget has created rising expectations that China will shoulder ever greater power burdens for international stability. No longer can it keep a low profile in international strategic and economic affairs. Could it join America as a world policeman sooner than expected?

Will North Korea Stay Crazy?

  • By
  • Fred Kaplan,
  • New America Foundation
December 20, 2011 |

Kim Jong-il, the pygmy tyrant of North Korea, is dead at the age of 69. His 28-year-old son, Kim Jong-un, now assumes the throne of Pyongyang. According to various press analyses, the new leader is either a bumbling naïf or a clever, multilingual operator who's already formed alliances with key generals. He will either push market reforms or preserve the status quo. He will reach out to the West or step up confrontation or do neither.

Here's the real answer: We really don't know much of anything.

Change Afghanistan Can Believe In

  • By
  • Charles Kenny,
  • New America Foundation
December 12, 2011 |

After 10 years of war and reconstruction, and as tens of thousands of international troops and aid workers in Afghanistan gear up to spend yet another holiday season a long way from the comforts of home, a lot of people are wondering: Was it worth it? Certainly Dec.

Democracy Promotion: Done Right, A Progressive Cause

  • By
  • Rosa Brooks,
  • New America Foundation
December 14, 2011 |

By the beginning of the Obama Administration, democracy promotion had become a rather tarnished idea, and understandably so. Like Islam or Christianity, much blood has been shed beneath its banner. It may be true that democracies don’t go to war with one another, but they certainly go to war, and their wars kill people just as dead as the wars undertaken by illiberal regimes. Anyone on the political left can tell the story: During the Cold War, the United States fought endless proxy wars and engaged in a great deal of overt and covert mischief, all in the name of democracy.

India’s Approach to Counterinsurgency and the Naxalite Problem

  • By
  • Sameer Lalwani,
  • New America Foundation

Since its independence in 1947, India has fought dozens of campaigns against four distinct and independent insurgencies on its soil—in Punjab, Kashmir, the Northeast, and the Maoist insurgents of central India—as well as one foreign campaign in Sri Lanka.

The UN Capital Development Fund explores link between Microfinance and Social Protection

December 8, 2011
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Last week, the UN Capital Development Fund hosted a high-level Thinkshop entitled “How can microfinance extend Social Protection in Asian Lesser Developed Countries (LDCs)?” Animating the event was the belief that “private financial arrangements provide the single biggest opportunity, albeit one of the least explored, to extend social protection in developing countries, and especially in Asian LDCs.” Other than being a stellar opportunity to share the groundbreaking work of our Global Savings and Social Protection (GSSP) Initiative and SPINNAKER, the event offered insight into new and potentially revolutionary role that microfinance institutions (MFIs) might play in helping protect the extreme poor through products that kickstart savings as opposed to causing debt.

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