• Japan and pre-emption

    February 14, 2013

    I was just on Monocle 24 discussing the Japanese defence minister’s statement that Japan might consider pre-emptive strikes against North Korea if an attack were ever imminent. You’ll be able to listen to the report here; the segment starts at the beginning of the recording and I come on about 6 minutes in. As you […]

  • Myanmar update

    February 14, 2013

    In my recently published article on Myanmar’s transition, perhaps foolhardily, I make a number of predictions about the sort of state Myanmar is in the process of becoming, based on its social power relations at the point of transition, which set broad limits to reform. Key among these is the idea that crony capitalism has […]

  • The Political Economy of Myanmar’s Transition

    February 7, 2013

    My new article has appeared ‘early online‘ in the Journal of Contemporary Asia. Here is the abstract. Since holding elections in 2010, Myanmar has transitioned from a direct military dictatorship to a formally democratic system and has embarked on a period of rapid economic reform. After two decades of military rule, the pace of change […]

  • Monocle V

    February 6, 2013

    I was on Monocle 24 again last night, to discuss the following items: Japan protests over China ship’s radar pointed at vessel – South China Morning Post Beijing Court Takes Rare Swipe at ‘Black Jail’ System – Wall St Journal Gerald Giam: no increase in foreign workers if resident workforce grows at 1 per cent […]

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