China’s rise to geopolitical powerhouse has been startling in its speed and magnitude. The country now wants strategic space in East Asia, and is no longer willing to play second fiddle to America. The second biggest economy of Asia - India had its own issues to solve. The country’s focus for the last fifty years has been Pakistan, which it violently broke with during the Partition. Struggles over Kashmir, and with China, over territorial disputes in some of the highest places in the world.
The purpose of this Dashboard is to present in depth all those major changes occurring in this full of potential region. The deep analytics in the platform will allow both private and public institutions to get valuable insights regarding major political changes on the continent.
Civil Liberties Index characterizes the civic space where people can organise, participate and communicate with each other freely. Asian countries show low performance on the path to democracy. Out of 25 countries, four ― China, Vietnam, Laos and North Korea ― are rated “closed”, nine “repressed” and nine “obstructed” with Malaysia being one of them. Within the region, only Australia and New Zealand classified as full democracies last year.
The regional average of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) indicates a general stagnation in the Asia-Pacific region. Despite the presence of leaders such as Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan, it has seen little progress in terms of anti-corruption efforts and their anticipated results. In addition, underperforming nations such as Afghanistan, North Korea and Cambodia continue to highlight the region's serious problems with poverty and underdevelopment
Functioning of Government
From 2000 up to 2016 the Asian continent has made rapid progress in improving its standing on our global rankings. However, from that point on the average score of the region decreased in 2017 and till now remains stagnant. Overall, Asia is highly diverse in score - it includes top-performing in the global ranking countries like New Zealand, and countries from the very bottom (out of 167 analyzed entities), as North Korea. At present only Australia and New Zealand are classified as ‘full democracies’ while Japan and South Korea are very close to attaining this status. As a result of the turbulent 20th century the region has managed to give birth to two “full democracies”, twelve “flawed democracies”, five “hybrid regimes" and seven "authoritarian regimes"