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December 8, 2011 | Beyond Trade: Establishing a European Presence in Asia

Memo 36: The European Union must reach out to Asian partners and become a credible player on issues other than trade. A strong EU-Asia policy can contribute to stability and advance Europe’s overall political, economic, and security interests.

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September 9, 2011 | Lessons That Smug Europe Should Learn from Asia

Kishore Mahbubani: It has taken Europe’s leaders some time to adjust to Asia’s rise, and the implications of that for EU policymaking. Unrest in the Middle East points to some lessons the Europe could learn from Asia. Kishore Mahbubani remembers Brussels’ condescensions and counsels a fresh EU approach.

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March 12, 2010 | Indonesia and the US Contemplate Forming a Union

Indonesia is trying to determine whether to increase diplomatic engagement with the US in the run up to Pres. Obama’s visit on March 20. ++ The Asian country could be a good partner for the US as it has proved its commitment to both democracy and counter-terrorism measures in recent years. ++ US and China are both competing for access to Indonesia’s waterways. ++ The US and

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July 17, 2009 | Bombings Damage Indonesia's Reputation

Just when Indonesia was no longer seen as a dangerous and unstable place, terrorism returned to the country. ++ The recent elections demonstrated Indonesia’s democracy as well-entrenched and the country became internationally perceived as a model of pluralism, tolerance and stability. ++ “The bombings do nothing in themselves to threaten Indonesia’s fundamental stability or the huge

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April 16, 2009 | Make Institutions Stronger to Stabilize South East Asia

The unconstitutional rule of Commodore Bainimarama in Fiji and the mayhem in Thailand reinforced the fragility of democracy in South East Asia.++ The problem of young democracies is a lack of restraining institutions to ensure the elected government’s interest to govern.++ Favoring elections as a benchmark for democracy, the West encouraged unviable regimes that lack both the capacity of

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December 5, 2008 | Asia Reverting to Authoritarianism?

In the 1990’s Asia was considered the pioneer in democratic renewal. Out of Asia spread a democratic wave from southern Europe through Latin America and into Africa. In recent times, however, democratization in Asia has experienced significant set-backs. Quasi-authoritarian regimes in Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and the Philippines set the military against political opposition and profit from declared

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October 27, 2008 | Role Model for the US: Indonesia

With much attention being paid to the US elections, it’s time people started to notice the elections in Indonesia, a nation that “clearly refutes the proposition that democracy and Islam are incompatible.” ++ Since 1998 – the year a coup ended three decades of authoritarianism – the country has undergone remarkable change for the better. ++ A thriving civil society must do more to

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