The obscurity of power: Xi Jinping’s China, by Andrew Gilholm. Amid the din of presidential change in the world’s established superpower, a looming leadership transition in its emerging superpower has gone little noticed. The Communist Party of China (CPC) will hold its five-yearly national congress in late 2017, marking the end of President Xi Jinping’s…Read more
Thailand: A troubled change of power, by Harrison Cheng. Political instability in Thailand will increase in 2017 on the back of a royal transition and general elections scheduled late in the year. The passing of revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October 2016 will complicate the operating environment for years to come. The security environment and…Read more
Rodrigo Duterte: And yet, here to stay,
by Alecia Quah.
Belt and Road: China’s delicate path through Central Asia, by Eimear O'Casey. China since 2015 has been engaged in an ambitious programme known as ’Belt and Road’ (B&R) to develop land and sea trade routes as a means of further integrating itself into the global economy. A key element of B&R is reviving the ancient…Read more