ENVIRONMENT

Rivers in Peril: Restoring the Lifeblood of Cities

Many of the great cities of the modern world are intertwined with their rivers: London and the Thames, New York and the Hudson, Paris and the Seine, and Shanghai and…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China’s Railway Dreams Have Missing Link

The Pan-Asia Railway, a marquee project in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is to be a network of contiguous track that would stretch from the southwestern Chinese city of…
DEMOCRACY

A Matter of Trust: Media and Politics in Southeast Asia

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president in the US and the result of the UK’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union, the term “post-truth” entered the…
INDUSTRY

Belt and Road’s Future Lies in California

The enshrining of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s constitution in October 2017 ensures that it will guide vast swaths of Chinese foreign policy for decades to come.…
ENVIRONMENT

Depopulation Dividend for a Shrinking Japan

Japan is experiencing dramatic demographic change due to rapid aging and, since 2008, depopulation. Conventionally, these are considered to be economic “problems” to be “solved,” by increasing either fertility or…
DEMOCRACY

What Needs to be Done to Improve Government Accountability

Every organization—even a government—needs a vision. But who audits governments’ results? Political scientists would tell you that voters do. Economists would tell you that investors do. Historians would tell you…
DEMOCRACY

Corruption Eats Away at Asia-Pacific Growth

“Corruption is man’s inheritance.” – Anacletus Corruption is the next battleground in the development of the Asia-Pacific. It has hampered inclusive and sustainable development and…
INDUSTRY

Security Implications of China’s Rising Appetite for Seafood

Today, each person eats, on average, about twice as much fish as 50 years ago. But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…
INDUSTRY

The Human Face of Factory Automation

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is an annual event that takes a critical look at the apparel industry’s sustainability. The 2018 event, held on May 15-16,…
INCLUSIVENESS

How Can Asia Boost Philanthropy?

Personal wealth in Asia is not only at an all-time high; it continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. Asia accounts for 30% of the…
INDUSTRY

The Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility in China

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) made its first official appearance in China in the 2006 Company Law. In December 2007, the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Is There Space for Europe in the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor?

The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is a cooperation framework between Asia and Africa, led by India and Japan. In a way that mirrors the Chinese-sponsored…
INDUSTRY

How Your Business Can Hedge Against Natural Disasters

The devastating human cost of natural disasters cannot be overstated, and rightly receives the lion’s share of media and academic attention on the subject. There…
INCLUSIVENESS

Shifting Mores, Stagnant Laws: Fertility Politics in East Asia

Earlier this year, Mitsutoki Shigeta, a 28-year-old unmarried, wealthy Japanese man, gained custody of his 13 surrogate children in Thailand, having gained custody of three…
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