Q&As: Politics & Governance
The Coronation Congress: Xi Jinping Forms His Government
William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) argues that while abolishing presidential and vice-presidential term limits may have been the most controversial of the two dozen constitutional amendments voted by China's National People's Congress, the changes to China’s government structure were profound and could have long-lasting effects.
Intersecting Political, Ethnic, and Religious Realities in Myanmar
The response of the Myanmar government to a variety of domestic issues and the increasing violence in Rakhine State has drawn sharp criticism from the international community. Matthew J. Walton (St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford) explains the complexity of the intersecting political, ethnic, and religious realities in the country.
The Outlook for the Abe Doctrine after Japan’s Election
When Japan went to the polls for a lower house election on October 22, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sought and received affirmation for his defense policy and stance on North Korea. In this Q&A, Christopher W. Hughes (University of Warwick) explains how the Abe administration is shifting Japan’s grand strategy and considers the implications of the ruling coalition’s landslide victory for this emerging Abe doctrine.
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China’s “New Era” and “Xi Jinping Thought”
Before it adjourned on October 24, the Chinese Communist Party’s 19th National Congress enshrined “Xi Jinping Thought” in the party constitution, giving Xi an authority unmatched by any Chinese leader since Mao Zedong. William C. McCahill Jr. (NBR) considers what Xi Jinping Thought might mean and how it might guide China’s future.