Month: May 2014

The souls of diplomats

Written by Kerry Brown. It is unexpected, but it is not in John Le Carre’s celebrated work where you will find perhaps the most searching and accurate modern description of the soul of a diplomat but that of Lawrence Durrell. In `Mountolive’ the third volume of his great […]

China’s porous (western) borders

Written by Alessandro Rippa. Over the last few weeks a number of events have drawn attention, once again, to the issue of illegal border crossing out of the People’s Republic of China. Some of these events were tragic, like the deadly clash between a group of Uyghurs and Vietnamese border […]

Green private banks in communist China?

Written by Pieter Jansen. The new Chinese leaders have launched a plan this year for a pilot program to allow new banks to be established by private-sector companies. If the government is considering a privatization and accompanying deregulation of the banking sector, civil society organizations might have to play […]

A Very Remarkable Democracy

Written by Ben Goren. Taiwan’s democracy has been called many things.  First it was a ‘budding’ phenomena erupting at the end of the Cold War, then it grew unsteadily into an ‘immature’ and unpredictable entity, and now, according to much international commentary, it has grown to reach the […]