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Cambodia 2015: 30 years of Hun Sen’s government and the progressive centralization of power

Cambodia 2015: 30 years of Hun Sen’s government and the progressive centralization of power Nicola Mocci University of Sassari nicolamocci@yahoo.it       In 2015 Cambodia celebrated the anniversary of 30 years of Hun Sen’s government. This article argues that this anniversary coincided with a crisis of hegemony of both …

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Korean peninsula 2015: one step forward and two steps back

Korean peninsula 2015: one step forward and two steps back[1] Marco Milani Università di Bologna marco.milani6@unibo.it and Barbara Onnis University of Cagliari bonnis@unica.it     In 2015, in South Korea, President Park Geun-hye’s decline in popularity, which had begun in the previous year, further accelerated. In particular, the outbreak of …

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Japan 2015: Confronting East Asia’s Geopolitical Game of Go

Japan 2015: Confronting East Asia’s Geopolitical Game of Go[1]   Giulio Pugliese   Heidelberg University & Pacific Forum CSIS Non-Resident Fellow giulio.pugliese@zo.uni-heidelberg.de         This essay focuses on the mounting geopolitical tensions around the South China Sea so as to gauge Japan’s growing assertiveness in foreign and security …

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China 2015: Implementing the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road

China 2015: Implementing the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road  Francesca Congiu  University of Cagliari fcongiu@unica.it     The present article sees as the most important political-economic development in China in the year 2015 the fulfilment of the first phase of a gargantuan political-economic project: …

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Turkmenistan 2014: Security concerns and unfulfilled diversification of export energy routes

Turkmenistan 2014: security concerns and unfulfilled diversification of export energy routes Fabio Indeo   Visiting Research Associate, Hanyang University Seoul fabindeus@hotmail.com   Introduction   In 2014 Turkmenistan further enhanced its position in the regional political and economic chessboard, developing relations of cooperation with both Central Asian countries and non-regional countries, …

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Afghanistan 2014: political transition without democracy?

Afghanistan 2014: political transition without democracy? Diego Abenante University of Trieste abenanted@sp.units.it     Introduction  In 2014 Afghanistan was dominated by the presidential election that led to the victory of Ashraf Ghani, after two successive terms in office by Hamid Karzai. Despite the ultimate success of the transition, the election …

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Bangladesh 2014: Old Patterns, New Trends

Bangladesh 2014: Old Patterns, New Trends Marzia Casolari   University of Turin marzia.casolari@unito.it   Preface  2014 opened in Bangladesh with the elections, held on 5th January amidst unprecedented political violence which led to the killing of 29 people. The 2014 elections were recorded as the most violent in Bangladesh’s history.[1] …

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Myanmar 2014: un processo di democratizzazione molto lento ma reale

Myanmar 2014: un processo di democratizzazione molto lento ma reale   Piergiorgio Pescali   Asia Maior – Osservatorio italiano sull’Asia pescali@hotmail.com     Introduzione: attesa e stagnazione Dal 2010, anno delle elezioni generali che hanno decretato la svolta riformatrice e il progressivo allontanamento dei militari dal potere assoluto, che detenevano …

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Japan in 2014: Between a China Question and a China Obsession

Japan: Between a China Question and a China Obsession Giulio Pugliese[1] Heidelberg University & Pacific Forum CSIS Non-Resident Fellow, giulio.pugliese@zo.uni-heidelberg.de Introduction  Events in 2014 confirmed the centrality of Prime Minister Abe Shinzō in Japan’s political landscape, in line with the expectation of the previous year’s analysis.[2] Following the landmark Cabinet …

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