International Affairs

International Development and Trade

No Opposition Party is an Island: Taiwan’s Defense and Domestic Politics

Newly elected DPP Secretary-General and opposition party member Dr. Joseph Wu discusses upcoming elections, mainland China, and Taipei’s defense posture as part of the wider US-Asia/Pacific rebalancing effort.

Into Sub-Saharan Africa: Spillover Effects of China’s Economic Boom Through Trade

China’s domestic investment activities prove as strong stimulus to direct trade expansion for its partners in Africa.

Creating Self-Enforcing Democracy: Fraud, Protest, and the Role of International Observers

The presence of international elections observers may discourage both election fraud and “sore loser” protests.

Academic Stress in China: Coping with High Expectations in School Environments

How do high school students cope with high expectations? A look at academic stress levels in China.

No Gains From Good Governance?: Why Foreign Companies Opt Out of Strict Regulatory Practices

Foreign companies that cross-list on US stock exchanges can make substantial financial gains from adopting US corporate governance practices yet firms overwhelmingly choose to opt out, suggesting substantial private opportunity costs from stricter regulations.

Breaking the Ice: Political Stability and Economic Cooperation in East Asia

Japanese diplomat Yukio Okamoto discusses historically unresolved issues and an outlook for Japan, China, and South Korea reconciliation.

Dreaming of Blue Skies: The Impact of Winter Heating on Air Quality in Northern China

Winter heating is linked to higher ambient concentrations of total suspended particles (TSP) and a reduction in life expectancy in northern China.

Pakistan’s Economy: Fighting More than One War

Pakistan’s top economist, Dr. Mushtaq Khan, talks about the economy’s struggle with the war on terror, energy crisis, and fiscal mismanagement.

Ending Poverty? Modern Slums and Stagnation in Government Action

Researchers find that the mechanisms behind past slum development success stories do not adequately translate to fixing slums in the modern developing world.

Developing Efficiency: Why energy efficiency gains in China may not be fully realized

The rebound effect, which measures the increased demand for energy from increasing energy efficiency, is found to be strong in Chinese urban residential electricity use.

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