STRATEGY

Big Picture, Small Scale: Systems Thinking on the Ground

With economic growth, increasing incomes, better sanitation and improvements in healthcare, people are living longer. Lengthening life expectancy is proof of the success of economic development but the growing numbers…
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…
INCLUSIVENESS

Reckoning with Graying Asia

The past few years have seen workers in Asia becoming increasingly restive and concerned over pensions. Demands for reform have erupted into street protests in China, French Polynesia, India, New…
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 other surrogate-born babies in 2015.…
DIPLOMACY

History Hurts: Japan and Korea Should Dial their Dispute Down

The ongoing dispute between Japan and Korea has caused uncertainties beyond trade. Seoul unilaterally abandoned the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) – its intelligence-sharing agreement with Tokyo. The…
DIPLOMACY

In Trade War, Japan and Korea Need Anger Management

Ever since people inhabited the the Korean peninsula and the Japanese islands three millennia ago, Koreans and the people of Japan have had relations. The first 1,500 years were generally…
REGIONALIZATION

ASEAN’s Infrastructure Dilemma

The 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) require a collective US$2.76 trillion in infrastructure spending between 2016 and 2030, according to…
GEOPOLITICS

Flawed Assumptions: Why the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific is Defective

The June 23 decision by members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to adopt the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) represents a…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Australia’s Pacific “Step Up” Stumbles

Australia’s isolation at the recent Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) was glaring, despite its recent geopolitically inspired Pacific “step up”. Relationships in the region are splintering…
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

As he prepares to welcome his G7 counterparts to their summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, French President Emmanuel Macron may be wondering if he…
INVESTMENT

The Driving Forces Behind China’s Agri-Food FDI

As of 2016, China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in agriculture totaled US$26 billion, with investments in 100 countries. Although only a small part of China’s…
DEVELOPMENT

Holding Their Own? – China-Africa Relations Mature

There is no narrative about Africa in this century that has not included a discourse about China. The Asian giant has played a critical role…
ETHICS

Lessons from Australia’s Financial Misconduct Shock

Trust in the financial services sector plunged around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis over a decade ago. Surveys show that…
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Is Asia Serious About Running the IMF?

For many years now, Asian policymakers, journalists and academics have fulminated about inequities in the selection of the heads of the Bretton Woods institutions, the…
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