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Barun S. Mitra
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has purged his government and stripped
parliament of immunity, bringing him closer to the dream of one-man rule. But a
close inspection shows plenty of cracks in the country’s supposedly monolithic
defection of 13 North Koreans who worked at a restaurant in China was a huge
public relations blow for Kim Jong-un, just one week before his country’s most
important festival. The workers could not have succeeded in traveling to South
Korea without the help of China, which may have used the stunt to respond to
Kim Jung-un’s recent brinksmanship.
Myanmar, also known as Burma, has seen decades of ethnic conflict and corrupt military rule stifle its considerable economic prospects. With an advantageous geographic location, abundant natural resources and ample labor force, Myanmar has the ingredients needed to become a regional economic power. A win by pro-democracy groups in last November’s elections offers a...