Xi Jinping´s "New Era": What Does It Mean for China´s Role in the World?
Events During its 19th National Congress in October, the Communist Party of China adopted a new guiding ideology: “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era”. How will it impact China’s foreign relations?
Profiles of the Missing
Events Together with the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP), The Swedish Institute of International Affairs held a seminar on the issue of people who go missing involuntarily as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, and irregular migration, among other circumstances. Speakers included survivors of missing persons and those who work with survivors. The conference explored ways in which family members can secure their rights to truth, justice and reparations.
The 71st Stockholm Seminar on Japan
Events Mission incomplete! This phrase neatly captures the progress made by the Bank of Japan (BOJ) in reflating the economy. In April 2013, the BOJ launched an unprecedented quantitative and qualitative monetary easing policy. The BOJ was certain that the 2% price stability target would be achieved within 2 years.
Does the New Asia Infrastructure Development Bank Add Anything New?
Events When China proposed a new development bank in Asia devoted to infrastructure, there were numerous questions raised. These included whether there was really a need for another development bank, whether the new bank would have sufficiently high environmental and social safeguards and be as transparent as the existing ones.
Providing Public Services in a Decentralized Way: Local Government Finances in Sweden and Japan
Events Sweden and Japan have a similar characteristic in terms of fiscal system, where the local government sector has a larger share of responsibilities for providing public services in the framework of a unitary state.