| Oct 11, 2014

China's new strongman Xi has a dream

by Jeff Kingston

President Xi Jinping is China’s most authoritarian leader since Deng Xiaoping, a strongman who has moved aggressively to assert and consolidate power while promoting a cult of personality. Rivals have been dispatched, he has rooted out those in the ruling oligarchy that were planted ...

| Sep 20, 2014

Jokowi's victory brings high hopes and challenges

by Jeff Kingston

In July, Joko Widodo, universally known as Jokowi, won a decisive victory in Indonesia’s presidential elections. Even before assuming office in October, he faces extravagant expectations in a nation that has endured mercurial (Sukarno), repressive (Suharto) and feckless (B.J. Habibie, Abdurrahman Wahid, Megawati Sukarnoputri ...

| Aug 16, 2014

China's million-migrant march into Africa

by Jeff Kingston

The scramble for Africa is intensifying. In early August, U.S. President Barack Obama hosted 50 African leaders, signaling renewed interest in the continent. These leaders understand that this is the African moment and must welcome the intensified competition over their natural resources because it ...