Japan’s Taiwan Policy – Is Deeper Engagement the New Normal?

    Thursday, September 9, 2021
    Suga Yoshihide’s successor as prime minister will have to navigate a tricky environment.

    Getting the WTO Back on Track: The Lengthening Global Trade To-Do List

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021
    Another ministerial conference is approaching later this year and, with a new director-general at the helm, there are hopes for a revival in the global body’s fortunes.

    The Social Implications of Philippines-China Security Competition in the South China Sea

    Friday, September 3, 2021
    The Chinese-Filipino community has called for dialogue and diplomacy but has been branded by some in the Philippines as Chinese first and Filipino second.


    Do You Hear the People Tweet?: The Role of Social Media in Indonesia’s Foreign Policy

    Thursday, September 2, 2021
    Are Indonesia’s diplomats in danger of being influenced by those who shout loudest on Twitter and Facebook?

    Afghanistan at a Crossroads: Perspectives on the Ground

    Thursday, August 19, 2021
    2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow Jason Yip reflects on the unfolding situation and considers the concerns of ordinary Afghan people.

    Crisis Leadership Tested: Indonesia’s Response to a Covid-19 Second Wave

    Thursday, July 15, 2021
    The country may be better served if President Joko Widodo signals a commitment to democracy by not running for a third term.

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    Two Ideas, Two Nations: Looking Back After 75 Years of Independence

    Thursday, September 16, 2021
    I had the best of two Indias. And yet I have regret.

    The Return of the Taliban: Outsiders Must Show Patience

    Monday, September 6, 2021
    There is room for optimism in the current maelstrom of the worldwide discussion on Afghanistan.

    The Prime Minister Failed to Show Courtesy When Resigning

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    Using the pandemic as an excuse just because his plan failed makes him a sore loser.

    US-South Korea Joint Military Exercises Harmful To East Asia Security

    Monday, September 6, 2021
    It only makes the North and the South sink deeper into their security dilemma.

    Disrupted Promises: Thinking About President Jokowi’s Legacy

    Wednesday, September 15, 2021
    The government must ensure that all these promises are attained or at least a roadmap to achieve them prepared.

    The US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Signals Rush Into A World of Disorder

    Monday, September 6, 2021
    Enough talk of a values-based global order.

    News from Asia Global Institute


    Wednesday, May 26, 2021

    Deborah Elms, Heiwai Tang

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) brings together 15 countries in East Asia, including all 10 ASEAN members, in the largest-ever free trade agreement. With the inclusion of China and Japan, RCEP accounts for about 30 percent of the world's GDP and population and has been touted a global trade game-changer. But how does RCEP compare with the 11-nation Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), which came into force at the end of 2018 – and what would be the dynamics between the two, neither of which include the US? Will RCEP address the need to bring coherence and rules-based order to regional trade in goods and services in the digital age? In this AGI Public Policy Webinar, Dr Deborah Elms of the Asian Trade Centre examines the implications of the new Asia-Pacific trade arrangements for the future of global trade and regional economic integration.

    BRI and China's Railway Expansion in Southeast Asia

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    David M Lampton, Heiwai Tang

    The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has been framed as a strategy that improves regional connectivity while strengthening infrastructure, investment and trade ties between China and other countries, particularly those in Asia. In this webinar, David M Lampton of Johns Hopkins University, co-author of “Rivers of Iron: Railroads And Chinese Power In Southeast Asia”, examines China’s effort to create an intercountry railway system that connects the country with its seven Southeast Asian neighbors, including Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. He also highlights the political strengths and weaknesses of the plan and evaluate the abilities of impacted countries to respond to the BRI.

    The Future of Global Value Chains in the Post-Covid-19 Economy

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    Pol Antràs, Heiwai Tang

    The past decades have seen the substantial globalization of the world economy. The debate has long begun, however, over whether the world economy has already de-globalized — and whether extraordinary global events such as Covid-19 pandemic have shaken the global economy, creating unprecedented threats to global value chains (GVCs). Based on his paper, “De‐Globalisation? Global Value Chains in the Post‐COVID‐19 Age”, Professor Pol Antràs of Harvard University examines the key drivers for the future of globalization and how major economies within the GVCs would need to react in the post-pandemic world.

    Pandemic, Inequalities, Human Rights, and Nation States

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    Alejandro Reyes

    In a webinar conducted by the Canadian International Council, Alejandro Reyes, director of knowledge dissemination at the Asia Global Institute, analyzed alongside other experts how the concepts of pandemics, inequalities, human rights and nation states are interconnected in the globalized world.