Thailand’s Future

Thailand’s king who ruled for 88 years has recently died, sending the country into chaos as the population mourns the only monarch anyone can remember. In legal terms, his death seems not to matter, as Thailand’s monarchy has few actual powers left and is really more symbolic than anything else. But that may be understating … More Thailand’s Future

The “Core” Leader

The Chinese Communist Party recently had it’s yearly secretive congress, and while of course few details are known, the big news is the title of “core leader” now attached to President Xi Jinping’s name. This title, that doesn’t convey any new military or political authority, nevertheless has significance in Chinese political culture and may shed … More The “Core” Leader