Asia publications, Feb 2011

8 03 2011

A list of recent reports on Asia that were highlighted in the February issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

China’s leaders embrace social media
http://cmp.hku.hk/2011/03/02/10346/
Given its recent efforts to assert control over dissidents and the Internet, China certainly seems on alert for some sort of “contagion” from events happening elsewhere in the world. But it’s worth pointing out as well that China’s leaders – “networked authoritarians”? – are also catching the social media cold, exploring new ways to use these tools to their advantage. Source: China Media Project

Coping with a failing Pakistan
http://www.peacebuilding.no/eng/Publications/Noref-Policy-Briefs/Coping-with-a-failing-Pakistan
As a state and a nation Pakistan has been in trouble for many years, but both now seem to be in a downward spiral. Source: NOREF

Promises Unfulfilled: An Assessment of China’s National Human Rights Action Plan
http://www.hrw.org/en/reports/2011/01/11/promises-unfulfilled-0
This 67-page report details how despite the Chinese government’s progress in protection of some economic and social rights, it has undermined many of the key goals of the NHRAP by tightening restrictions on rights of expression, association, and assembly over the past two years. Source: Human Rights Watch

Inclusion of a publication does not imply ownership or endorsement by the National Endowment for Democracy (NED); rather, these are publications that the Democracy Resource Center believes would be of interest to NED staff and others interested in democracy promotion.

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