Russian has 120 officially recognized ethnic minorities, China another 50. Most are in Asia, on the border between the former Soviet Union and newly capitalist China. The demands of these minorities, violent at times, have created serious dilemmas for both Moscow and Beijing in recent years. In this issue, reports from Fernando Orlandi and Claudia Astarita attempt to draw a detailed map of Asia’s most prominent minorities, as well as their histories.
We also continue what has been a year long reflection on the fall of the Berlin Wall, which was dealt with at length in east 25 This time around, two internationally renowned scholars, both members of the magazine’s Correspondents’ Committee, weigh in on the subject. They are the Russian writer and social scientist Lev Gudkov and Romania’s Vladimir Tismaneanu.
Our in-depth reports come from Emiliano Bos, who probes the problems faced byBangladesh; Massimiliano Di Pasquale on Cossack Zaporizhia; and Emanuele Confortini, who examines life on the contested Kashmiri border between India and Pakistan.
Finally, we dedicate our Dossier to China and the challenges it confronts while facing the ongoing global economic crisis. You’ll find reports from Alessandro Arduino, Cristina Bombelli, Giampiero Garioni, and Rita Fatiguso. The Dossier opens with an interview with economist Mario Deaglio.