Economic conditions in Asia are generally favorable, with growth rates remaining strong in all except a few nations. Political conditions vary, with certain states facing significant degrees of instability, especially the democracies. Three forces, internationalism, nationalism, and communalism continue to rise in Asia, with each nation faced with the challenge of handling these semiconflictual forces. On balance, however, events in 2007 support cautious optimism.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.