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In the beginning of 2017 AsiaMaior has been migrated from the old server to a new one. During this operation we rebuild the graphical interface and we added a lot new feature. These very significant work are still in progress. We hope to end asap. Stay tuned in order to …

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Thailand 2015: Anxiety over the royal succession in the post coup 2014

Thailand 2015: Anxiety over the royal succession in the post coup 2014 Pavin Chachavalpongpun Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University pavin@cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp     The military staged a coup on 22 May 2014, overthrowing the elected government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Outwardly, the military justified its political intervention with …

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Malaysia 2015: Najib Razak’s hardest year

Malaysia 2015: Najib Razak’s hardest year Stefano Caldirola University of Bergamo stefano.caldirola@unibg.it     In 2015 Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s leadership was badly shaken by the eruption of a huge corruption scandal in July. This same scandal contributed to making the Malaysian economic outlook negative, while the national currency …

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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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Indonesia 2015: The First Year of the «People’s President»

Indonesia 2015: The First Year of the «People’s President» Elena Valdameri  Asia Maior – An Italian think tank on Asia elena.valdameri83@gmail.com Joko Widodo’s election in 2014, after a long and harshly contested presidential race, raised great expectations: not beholden to the military and political elites of the Suharto era, Indonesian …

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India 2015: The uncertain record of the Modi government

India 2015: The uncertain record of the Modi government[1] Michelguglielmo Torri University of Turin mg.torri@gmail.com   Diego Maiorano University of Nottingham Diego.Maiorano@nottingham.ac.uk   Narendra Modi’s 2014 election generated enormous expectations in the economic sphere. However, in 2015, on the one hand, Modi was unwilling or unable to push through any …

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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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Recensione: Burocrazia della miseria: un’etnografia critica dell’incontro tra Stato e cittadino nell’India postcoloniale

Burocrazia della miseria: un’etnografia critica dell’incontro tra Stato e cittadino nell’India postcoloniale Sara Bonfanti Università di Bergamo sarabonfanti@libero.it Red Tape: Bureaucracy, Structural Violence and Poverty in India/ Akhil  Gupta – Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2012, pp. 384 (ISBN: 9780822351108) Red Tape, il nastro rosso che storicamente lega i documenti …

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Recensione: Un viaggiatore italiano dell’800. Dal Borneo al Giappone

UN VIAGGIATORE ITALIANO DELL’800 DAL BORNEO AL GIAPPONE Nicola Mocci Università di Sassari nicolamocci@yahoo.it     Paolo Puddinu (a cura di), Un viaggiatore italiano in Borneo nel 1873, Il Giornale Particolare di Giacomo Bove (Parte I), Regione Piemonte, Provincia di Asti, Astigrafica 2014. Paolo Puddinu (a cura di), Un viaggiatore …

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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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