Asia Unbound

Asia Unbound

CFR fellows and other experts assess the latest issues emerging in Asia today.

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen and China's President Xi Jinping attend a signing meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on December 7, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/Reuters

Maldives Election: Weekend Reading

On Sunday, September 23, Maldives will hold a national election that has observers concerned about the country’s direction. The “island nation,” an archipelago of around 1,200 islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, stands on a major fault line between democracy and authoritarianism. Read More

September 14, 2018

Bangladesh: Faith in Democracy and Institutions Is In Decline as Election Nears

A new public opinion poll shows that Bangladesh’s citizens are losing confidence in democratic institutions. The forthcoming election is an opportunity to renew the public’s faith in the democratic process.

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September 10, 2018

Southeast Asia
Cambodian Politics Enters Its Post-Election Phase

Following July’s massive victory in unfree and unfair elections, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, whose ruling party took every seat in the lower house, appears to be adopting a time-tested strategy he has used repeatedly in the past. Before the election, Hun Sen’s government did virtually everything possible to ensure that the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) dominated the vote.

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September 6, 2018

South Korea
Setting the Stage for the Third Inter-Korean Moon-Kim Summit in Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in dispatched a special envoy delegation composed of the same members that met Kim Jong-un in March to discuss arrangements for an inter-Korean summit planned for Pyongyang later this month. The delegation, led by National Security Advisor Chung Eui-yong, traveled to meet with Kim Jong-un on September 5 in Pyongyang, and Chung briefed the Korean public the following day. 

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