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Thursday
Dec202012

The Future of Informal Economies

Economists, anthropologists and other social scientists have spent the past three decades probing, sizing and documenting so-called informal economies— from the structures and behaviors of deviant

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Monday
Dec172012

Obama’s Asia Pivot: Between Some Rocks and a Hard Place

As tensions persist between China and Japan over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, the United States faces the almost impossible task of simultaneously reassuring and constraining its

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Wednesday
Dec122012

Island Disputes and the "Oil Factor" in the South China Sea

Expectations that the South China Sea is likely to offer a silver bullet for regional energy security concerns are misplaced, and further friction appears highly likely.

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Tuesday
Nov272012

The Dictatorship of Civil Society in Tajikistan

The fall of the Soviet Union gave rise to a narrative about the “transition” to democracy, for which the concept of civil society was seen as being foundational. Represented by new-fangled NGOs on the one hand

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Friday
Nov232012

Economic Nationalism in Asia

Nationalism (rarely low) is up in Asia.  Disputes over islands, fisheries, oilfields, visits to shrines and even national dances are the current mainstay of regional press coverage. 

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Thursday
Sep272012

Call For Submissions

Thesiger & Company ('Thesigers') invites prospective contributors to its flagship publication, Current Intelligence, to submit essays for consideration for the Fall 2012 (South China Sea) or the Winter 2013 (The Arctic) issues.

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Monday
Sep102012

The Future of Democracy in America

THE TEA PARTY movement as such may have passed its peak, but its soul will go marching on through the Republican Party. This in turn will mean that the tendency that the Tea Parties represent will be able to go on

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