About The Author

Pei is a research scientist currently working at the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

Are China’s Provincial Boundaries Misaligned?

In the 1970s, Saddam Hussein reorganized Iraq into eighteen provinces to divide minority ethnic groups and weaken their ability to challenge the central government. This action is not a historical quirk. Throughout history, politicians have drawn (and redrawn) administrative boundaries within their countries to foster political stability and cement their hold on power, with the