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Asia Update

December 2018

Asia-related activities of Bertelsmann Stiftung and insights into important developments in the region.


Asia Policy Brief

When Promises Become Due - an Analysis of the Modi Government’s Term in the World’s Largest Democracy

When the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which promised inclusive growth, came to power through a landslide election victory in 2014, few believed that the government would transform India and make its “Good Days for Everyone” campaign slogan a reality within its five-year term. What really happened since in the Modi government’s term analyses Murali Nair, Senior Poject Manager at Bertelsmann Stiftung, in his new Asia Policy Brief. Read the new Asia Policy Brief here


New visualisations

Asia in Infographics

„Asia in Infographics“ is an ongoing initiative of Bertelsmann Stiftung’s project “Germany and Asia”. Every week, we will publish a new visualisation of political, economic, social or cultural trends in the Asia-Pacific region. Check out our first infographics here


Journal Article

Comparing Social Cohesion in Western and Asian Societies

Social cohesion is a topic of increasing importance in a rapidly globalizing world. The coherence of the social fabric has become a key policy goal around the globe – not only in the Western Hemisphere, but also in Asia. A new study based on the findings of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s “Social Cohesion Radar” compares, for the first time, social cohesion in Western and Asian societies. Read more here



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