A year after the arrival of China’s new president on the world stage, it’s time to ask if he’s achieving his twin goals of being the new Deng Xiaoping and not the new Mikhail Gorbachev.
November 21, 2013 • 8:00 AM • Share
William J. Dobson’s The Dictator’s Learning Curve is an invaluable look at how strongmen hold onto power, and continue to repress their people—but it’s also a primer for how to chuck those dictators out.
July 16, 2012 • 4:00 AM • Share
Central plazas were key places for political action in 2011, but historian Jeffrey Wasserstrom says the Town Square Test fails as a method for assessing the divide between democracy and authoritarian.
January 4, 2012 • 12:25 PM • Share
The ghost of Mao can certainly be divined in China’s current anti-vulgarity campaign, but he may have to take a back seat to capitalist-roaders Chiang Kai-shek and Lee Kuan Yew.
September 16, 2010 • 5:00 AM • Share
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