The ethnic segregation of immigrants in the US from 1850 to 1940 (VOX)

Those opposed to immigration often contend that immigrants are slow to assimilate. This column takes a longer-term view of assimilation by looking at the degree of ethnic spatial segregation in the US during and after the Age of Mass Migration. New methods and newly digitised data suggest that segregation in the US between 1850 and 1940 was both higher and more widespread than previously thought. However, despite slow rates of spatial assimilation, immigrants tend to assimilate culturally at a fast rate.

https://voxeu.org/article/ethnic-segregation-immigrants-us-1850-1940

Katherine Eriksson, Zach Ward

On the prosperity of countries (VOX)

Between 1960 and 2008, only a dozen or so middle-income countries became prosperous. This column explores the factors affecting how and why some countries become prosperous, while others fail. Consistent with the theories of New Institutional Economics, economies that adopted the economic policies and institutional reforms of successful countries enjoyed the largest increases in prosperity. These successes point to the advantages of looking beyond the economic staples of capital, labour, and technology in fashioning growth policies.

https://voxeu.org/article/prosperity-countries

Linda Yueh

International broadcasting: not so simple as ABC (The Interpreter)

Australia’s international voice, once strong, influential and broadcast across much of the Asia-Pacific, has become little more than a croak into the ether.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/international-broadcasting-not-so-simple-abc

Bruce Dover

Ian Macintosh

Pakistan: the tough road ahead for Imran Khan (The Interpreter)

The first major challenge Imran Khan will face as the next Prime Minister of Pakistan is from the opposition parties. In the general elections, his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party managed to win 115 of 272 general seats in the National Assembly. This is short of the 137 seats needed to form a government, but PTI gained just enough support from some independents and smaller parties to do so.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/pakistan-tough-road-ahead-imran-khan

Adnan Aamir

Wanted: Yingluck (The Interpreter)

Last month, Thailand’s military government sought the extradition of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra from the UK. A year ago, Yingluck had been due in court to face charges of dereliction of duty while in office. She failed to show. She was found guilty in absentia and handed a five-year jail term.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/wanted-yingluck

Elliot Brennan

Idols in South Korea and Japan (The Interpreter)

The music industries in Japan and South Korea are entwining. K-pop idols can successfully sell albums in Japan, and Japanese singers can join K-pop groups. However, in a reflection of national rivalries, there will always be friction between the two competing industries.

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/idols-south-korea-and-japan

Nicole de Souza