Too Many Men – The Implications on Gender Dynamics of Asia’s Male Surplus

Maria Isabelle Wieser - Asia has a male surplus unprecedented in human history: men outnumber women by 70 million in India and China. The consequences of this imbalance are far reaching and include security and crime, labour markets, real estate, everyday interactions between men, women and the wider society – and, notably, gender dynamics.

Too Many Men – The Security Implications of Asia’s Male Surplus

Benno Zogg - Asia has a male surplus unprecedented in human history: men outnumber women by 70 million in India and China. The consequences of this imbalance are far-reaching and include gender dynamics, labour markets, everyday interactions between men and women – and, notably, security and crime.

Vision of Beijing: Rwanda’s Development with Chinese Characteristics

Agnieszka Wiśniewska – Paul Kagame, Chairman of the African Union and President of the Republic of Rwanda, has been proclaimed the 2018 African of the Year by Forbes Africa. The announcement came shortly before the end of Vision 2020, the flagship development programme of this controversial leader. How does the strategy relate to Kagame’s affirmed economic ideals, especially in the context of his country’s strengthening […]

Xi Jinping’s New Year Speeches – And What They Mean for International Diplomacy

Jonathan Baltensperger – To analyze speeches of Chinese leaders can prove an almost forlorn task, given that these speeches usually abound with Communist parlance and pleasant-sounding phrases. However, these speeches are an important indicator of the party’s official rhetoric and international actors would be well-advised to take those statements seriously. Furthermore, comparing these statements with China’s deeds should not be seen as antagonistic act by […]

China in einer sich ändernden multilateralen Ordnung

Selina Morell - Die internationale Ordnung verändert sich: Bisherige Grossmächte ziehen sich zurück und neue Akteure rücken nach. Vor allem China wird immer aktiver auf der internationalen Bühne. Für die weltweit vernetzte Volkswirtschaft Schweiz ist eine stabile multilaterale Ordnung wichtig. Wir müssen daher darüber reden, wie wir uns zukünftig in Bezug auf China positionieren wollen. Denn nur mit einer klaren Vision sind wir für die […]

Bilateral Agreements or Multipolar Cooperation: Chinese and American Policies on Africa

Agnieszka Wiśniewska – On September 3rd 2018, Xi Jinping has outlined the Chinese framework of engagement in Africa at the 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. On December 13th, the United States has presented its corresponding New Africa Strategy, a document in line with the Trump Administration’s «America First» policy. What do these plans reveal about the two countries’ approaches to the African states?  

Ein Aufruf zu mehr Engagement mit China

Selina Morell – Vom 5. bis 10. November fand in Shanghai die erste internationale Importmesse (CIIE) statt, die unter dem Zeichen der Handelsliberalisierung stand.  Gleichzeitig kommt es laut UNO-Berichten in der chinesischen Provinz Xinjiang zu Menschenrechtsverletzungen an der uigurischen Minderheit. In China prallen wirtschaftliche Chancen und Menschenrechtsverletzungen aufeinander – wie positioniert sich die Schweiz?

The Beijing Consensus – China’s Foreign Policy throughout the New Silk Road

Agnieszka Wiśniewska – As the Belt and Road Initiative becomes a reality, its scope and depth requires China to formulate a clear set of foreign policy principles. The Beijing Consensus has served as an umbrella term encompassing a variety of plans, frameworks and ideas originating from the Chinese leadership. However, does this ‘China model’ really form a comprehensive entity?