A new issue of Inside Indonesia is out. Brandon Levy (Houston): The Status of Women in the People's Republic of China. The Trillion-Dollar Bureaucrat: He may be the most important central banker in the world — but is China's Zhou Xiaochuan really in charge? Ethan Devine on what Americans should understand about Japan's 1990s economic bust. Neil Irwin on why Japan is the most interesting story in global economics right now. Pankaj Mishra on how democracy kills in Indonesia and Pakistan. Against the Brahmins: Pankaj Mishra has little time for elite bromides about Asia’s glorious rise. The rise of global civilization: Robert W. Merry interviews Kishore Mahbubani, author of The Great Convergence: Asia, the West and the Logic of One World. Who rules Singapore? Murray Hunter on the only true mercantile state in the world. Stephen Minas reviews Lee Kuan Yew: The Grand Master’s Insights on China, the United States, and the World.