Asia Publications, June 2011

5 07 2011

A list of Asia publications that were highlighted in the June issue of the Democracy Resource Center Bulletin.

Burma’s New Challenges
http://csis.org/publication/pacnet-32-burmas-new-challenges
The political situation in Burma is often understood in terms of conflict between pro-democracy forces (Aung San Suu Kyi and allies) and the military government. This is problematic for two reasons… Source: Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS)

Pakistan-U.S. Relations: A Summary
http://bit.ly/kVwgPq
This CRS report summarizes important recent developments in Pakistan and in Pakistan-U.S. relations. These include high-profile political assassinations in early 2011; the Raymond Davis affair involving a CIA operative accused of murder in the city of Lahore; and the May killing of Osama bin Laden in the city of Abbottabad, among others. Source: Congressional Research Service

Understanding Electoral Violence in Asia
http://bit.ly/lDtbf4
This report investigates electoral violence in Asia through analyses of case studies commissioned by UNDP for seven countries in South and South-East Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. Source: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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.





Asia Publications, April 2011

6 05 2011

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

Annual Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China 2010
http://chrdnet.org/2011/03/02/annual-report-on-the-situation-of-human-rights-defenders-in-china-2010/
The ongoing crackdown on activists following an online call for “Jasmine Revolution” protests is a chilling reminder that defending human rights is a perilous occupation in China. Source: Chinese Human Rights Defenders

Nepal’s Fitful Peace Process
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-asia/nepal/B120-nepals-fitful-peace-process.aspx
The parties to Nepal’s fitful peace process have less than eight weeks to agree on integration of Maoist combatants and federalism before the term of the Constituent Assembly elected to draft a new constitution expires. Source: International Crisis Group

Reforming Pakistan’s Electoral System
http://www.crisisgroup.org/en/regions/asia/south-asia/pakistan/203-reforming-pakistans-electoral-system.aspx
Pakistan’s dysfunctional electoral system has hampered democratic development, political stability and the rule of law; major electoral reforms would bolster a still fragile democratic transition. Source: International Crisis Group

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.





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.





Taliban Increasingly Unpopular in Pakistan

7 04 2010

http://www.gallup.com/poll/126602/Taliban-Increasingly-Unpopular-Pakistan.aspx
Source: Gallup.

Gallup surveys show the Taliban lost much of the little favor they had in Pakistan between June and December last year. Four percent of Pakistanis in late 2009 said the Taliban has a positive influence in some areas of the country, down from 15% earlier in the year.





Terrorism and Indo-Pakistani Escalation

5 04 2010

http://www.cfr.org/publication/21042/
Source: Council on Foreign Relations.

This report notes that India faces the real prospect of another major terrorist attack by Pakistan-based terrorist organizations in the near future, an event that would jeopardize important U.S. security interests in South Asia. Daniel Markey examines the factors that would condition India’s response, the consequences of Indian military retaliation and Pakistani counterretaliation for the United States, and Washington’s policy options for preventing and containing the crisis.





Reforming the Judiciary in Pakistan

29 01 2010

URL: http://www.crisisgroup.org/home/index.cfm?id=5728&l=1. Source: International Crisis Group.

This report examines the legacy of military rule that has seen superior courts unwilling to uphold fundamental freedoms. Motivated by self-preservation and self-interest, Pakistan’s superior judiciary has not just failed to oppose Islamic legislation that violates fundamental rights but has also repeatedly failed to uphold the constitution.





Afghanistan and Pakistan Reconstruction Opportunity Zones (ROZs), H.R. 1318/H.R. 1886/H.R. 2410 and S. 496: Issues and Arguments

30 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/R40627/. Source: Congressional Research Service.

On June 9, 2009, the House Rules Committee issued a rule providing for the consideration of H.R. 1886, the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement Act.