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, focused on how the global…
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…
DEMOCRACY

Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System

China is looking to restore “trust” and “sincerity” in society by making a digital “social credit system.” In this kaleidoscopic system of ratings and blacklists, good deeds are met with…
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.…
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 net increase in global billionaire…
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 issued guidelines for the disclosure…
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…
FINANCE

Superstition and Gambling on the Stock Market

In the past few decades, the rise in prosperity in Asia has made it easier for Asians to engage in stock trading. Some do this…
TRADE

Low-End Globalization: How China Is Developing the Developing World

When most people think of globalization, they think of Apple, Samsung, McDonald’s, Huawei—vast corporations with globally recognized brands. Yet many people experience globalization not through…
INDUSTRY

China Stuck in the Success Trap

It is irrefutable that China has achieved great success in economic growth. It has been the world’s second-largest economy since 2010, and is, by some…
DEMOCRACY

Facebook is Hurting Democracy in Myanmar

Politicians and regulators are focusing on how social media can be used as a weapon in polls. But Facebook undermines other parts of representative democracy,…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China and the Quad: Challenges for Southeast Asia

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “the Quad” (US, Japan, Australia, and India), is widely regarded as a counter to China’s rising wealth, power, and ambitions.…
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