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Taiwan will hold presidential and legislative elections on January 16, 2016. Opinion polls show the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to win. If it does, writes GIS guest expert Dr. Nicola Casarini, it will be the culmination of a trend that began with local elections in November 2014 when the country’s ruling party, the Kuomintang (KMT), suffered one of it...
Dr. Nicola Casarini
Michelle Bachelet is vowing not to give up on the social overhaul of Chile’s free-market model that won her a second term as the country’s president in 2013. Yet the collapse of global copper prices has largely deprived her of the money to pay for the reforms, while a financial scandal has cost her political clout. President Bachelet’s biggest challenge in 2016 wil...
Dr. Joseph S. Tulchin
For the past 30 years in China economic growth has been king, an unofficial religion in a country where the governing Communist Party disdains any faith other than itself. After decades of double-digit growth, expansion has now slowed to seven per cent per year, according to the government, or considerably less, if one listens to its critics. Whatever the number, t...
Professor Stefan Hedlund
There is just one Russian university in the list of the world’s top 300. The collapse of funding for higher education has removed Russia from the global exchange of ideas, and its share of world trade in high-tech products stands at about one quarter of one per cent. With China and India cashing in on investments in developing brain power, Moscow faces the grim out...