Asia

Asia | 05.10.17

From Military Dictatorship to Democracy

The author of Pathways that Changed Myanmar says it’s no coincidence that the end of military rule has seen the dawn of a new pathology of cultural violence in the country.

Asia | 01.08.17

What a Difference Two Years Make

As North Korea carries out an unprecedented test of its submarine missile system, Paul French gives us an update on what this means for China, the US and the rest of the world.

Asia | 08.09.17

Our Race Will be Eliminated

Why, in the changing landscape of Myanmar, have there emerged actors so fierce that they seek to kill off whatever threat to their religion lurks amidst them?

Gender, Sexualities and Queer Identities | 22.08.17

Being Queer in North Korea

Queer Asia | Essay Prize, Winner | Imagine studying queers in a country where homosexuals are charged not with sodomy but with “falling into capitalism”, where cuddling and groping a same-sex soldier in the cold is not same-sex intimacy but “revolutionary comradeship”. How should we study queerness when it’s invisible?

Asia | 07.02.17

It’s the Euroasian Economic Union, Stupid

China’s hard, economic clout versus Russia’s soft power. Sure China and Russia are cooperating in the building of a new silk road, but who will win the battle for Central Asia?

Asia | 31.01.17

Chinese Foreign Policy in 5 Minutes

From the New Silk Road to the economic corridor that is the Indian Ocean, Tom Miller gives us an expert breakdown of Chinese Foreign Policy going into 2017.

Environment | 31.01.17

Spoiling Tibet

Gabriel Lafitte takes a look at China’s resource nationalism, on the roof of the world.

Asia | 14.10.16

999 Days of Mourning?

Andrew MacGregor Marshall, author of A Kingdom in Crisis the book banned in Thailand last year, outlines the official mourning process for the king who died last week after 70 years on the throne and considers the uncertain future the nation now faces.

Asia | 26.09.16

‘I cannot afford to die’: The Tragedy of King Bhumibol

The Thai Royal Family is riven by scandal and intrigue, from the unexplained death of the King’s elder brother to the Crown Prince’s many rumoured liaisons and escapades. Andrew MacGregor Marshall recounts their scandalous history in this extract from his banned book A Kingdom in Crisis, an account of the struggle for democracy in Thailand

Zed | 21.09.16

Spring/Summer 2017

Take a look at our new titles catalogue and feed your mind for Spring/Summer 2017 with books from the world’s most important alternative voices.

Asia | 09.09.16

Mao’s Life after Death

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Chairman Mao. In this extract from their book on resurgent Maoist currents in modern China, China and the New Maoists, Kerry Brown and Simone Van Nieuwenhuizen examine how Mao’s legacy, as both man and symbol, has shaped China in the years since his death

Current Affairs | 07.09.16

Asia’s New Battlefield

Richard Javad Heydarian looks at China’s seemingly ever-growing economic clout, its evolving security doctrine, its attempt to control one of the world’s busiest sea lines and its ‘hijaking’ of ASEAN.

Cities | 26.07.16

Inside the Ghost Cities

Across China strange replicas of European towns lie empty. In this extract from Ghost Cities of China Wade Shepard explores these fascinating and uncanny urban centres

Asia | 26.07.16

A Normal Day in Pyongyang

The closed nature of North Korea has hidden much of the everyday life of people in Pyongyang. In North Korea: State of Paranoia Paul French gives an idea of the day-to-day life of the city

Asia | 08.06.16

Yanis Varoufakis on China

Yanis Varoufakis looks at the underlying weaknesses of the Chinese economy, its deep and complex connections with the rest of the global economy and the policy dilemmas it will face in the future

Asia | 16.05.16

Risks and Possibilities in the Korean Peninsula

Following what appears to be the DPRK’s fifth and reportedly biggest nuclear test Paul French addresses the tense stand-off between DPRK, China and the United States. Does the future of the Korean peninsula lie in engagement, or war?

Asia | 25.09.15

Paul French Recommends…

Paul French is a leading expert on North Korea and is a widely published analyst and commentator on Asia, and was awarded the 2013 Edgar for Fest Fact Crime for his international best-seller Midnight in Peking. Most recently, he has just released the new edition of North Korea: State of Paranoia for Zed Books. We asked Paul about his favourite Zed Book, below is his response

Asia | 13.11.14

Zed Book Banned in Thailand

A Kingdom in Crisis gives a comprehensive analysis of the current crisis in Thailand, noting that Freedom of Speech is routinely denied. Now it’s been banned by the Thai government as “a threat to stability, order and good morality”

Environment | 07.10.14

A Different Class

“The world has changed, the syllabus hasn’t – is it time to do something about it?” Following the example of the Post-Crash Economics Society in Manchester, we presenta reading list for a new economic reality

Africa | 20.12.13

The Zed Christmas List

In the run up to the festive period, are you looking for a present for that radical in your life? Then check out our selection of great political reads – perfect for Christmas gifts!