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‘Good’ vs ‘Bad’ Nationalism in Asia
The task of keeping nationalism civic, rather than aggressive and authoritarian.
By Amitai Etzioni
September 23, 2019

Developments in India, Japan, and Hong Kong provide significant lessons for the intensive debate between those who view nationalism as inherently jingoistic and those who hold that nationalism can be civic. Historically, nationalism was considered to be a force of progress, as scores of people who developed national identities rose against colonial powers to form their own nations. These “wars of national liberation” first gave rise to the nations of Latin America and then dismembered the Austro-Hungarian Empire, leading to the formation of half a dozen nations in the Balkans. They spread to large parts of Asia and Africa after World War II.
Thus, nationalism slew imperialism and was much lionized by poets, public intellectuals, and progressive leaders.

It soon became evident that nationalism has a much darker side. Once people became deeply identified with their nation, their loyalties could be exploited by demagogues, who mobilized them to make great sacrifices in order to lord over other nations.

Read more here: https://thediplomat.com/2019/09/good-vs ... m-in-asia/
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Authoritarian Modernism in East Asia: A Review
Blog Post by Joshua Kurlantzick
September 4, 2019

Over the past decade, democracy has regressed in much of Asia, though there are notable exceptions including Malaysia and Taiwan. Southeast Asia has witnessed a reversal in Thailand, weakening institutions and norms in Bangladesh, India, and the Philippines, backsliding in Cambodia and even to some extent Indonesia, and sustained authoritarian rule in Laos and Vietnam, among other examples.
Most notably, despite decades of predictions that China would, as it grew wealthier and more modern, undergo the type of political liberalization that had occurred in South Korea and Taiwan, China actually, in many ways, is more politically repressive today than it was in the early period of its reform era.
The space in China today for political discussion has shrunk, even mildly reformist voices within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have been ostracized or essentially purged, the internet and social media are far more controlled than they were in China even five years ago, and the government is rolling out some of the most Big Brotheresque surveillance technology of any state on earth.

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September 24, 2019
The Collapse of the East Asian Order
by John Feffer

The United States is losing its status as a Pacific power. It can no longer control developments in East Asia. It still maintains a large military footprint in the region. But that military presence no longer translates into an ability to achieve the outcomes that Washington wants.

For better or worse, the post-World War II order in East Asia is coming to an end.

China has become the dominant economic player in East Asia, and it’s acquiring a military commensurate with its economic strength. Japan has been breaking out of the restraints of its “peace constitution” to build up its own military power. South Korea recently canceled its intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, a cornerstone of the trilateral cooperation that Washington has urged on its two East Asian allies.

In a last-ditch effort, the Obama administration tried with its much-hyped Pacific pivot to reinsert the United States into the economic and security environment of East Asia. But the pivot didn’t happen. The U.S. military remained enmeshed in the conflicts of the greater Middle East. And the Trump administration immediately canceled U.S. participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the free-trade agreement that was supposed to hitch the United States to the powerful economies of the east.
Full article: https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/24 ... ian-order/
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