Biden’s Build Back Better World: Making Multilateralism Great Again?

    Thursday, June 17, 2021
    The US is pushing a democratic values-driven foreign-policy strategy that it hopes can make multilateralism work again.

    The Olympics and Covid-19: Suga’s Run for Political Gold

    Thursday, June 17, 2021
    Could the prime minister take a victory lap after a successful Games and then bag the gold at the polls?

    Even the British are Coming: ASEAN and the Internationalization of the South China Sea

    Thursday, June 10, 2021
    While ASEAN welcomes great-power and partner support, member states are wary not to push Beijing too far.


    Return of the Returnees?: Dual Citizenship and Hong Kong’s Global Talent Base

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021
    The passage of the national security law and China's suppression of the democratic movement in Hong Kong could mean the end of the supply of global talent.

    Could China Adopt a Universal Basic Income as a Social-Protection Policy?

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    Against the backdrop of China's success in poverty alleviation, the country could explore the benefits of a basic-income guarantee.

    Charity Scandals – or Public Welfare Failure?

    Thursday, February 27, 2020
    Wu Huayan has become a symbol of the failure of many institutions in China, including multiple government health and welfare bodies and some large charities.

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    With Great Power Comes Greater Irresponsibility: Big Tech Needs Regulation

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021
    With size grew their indifference and intransigence too. Governments are increasingly finding it untenable.

    Why It Is Necessary To Prohibit “Anti-Communism"

    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Anti-communism poses significant harm to "one country, two systems".

    The Terrifying Cost of Enforced Modesty

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    By inviting mullahs to regulate biology textbooks the government has put Pakistan in reverse gear.

    The Government Is Taking A Risk Of Olympic Proportions

    Monday, June 21, 2021
    Without herd immunity in Japan, hosting the Tokyo Games is a risky bet.

    The President Must Welcome Full Investigation For Crimes Against Humanity

    Tuesday, June 22, 2021
    The investigation is good for the country.

    Young Executives are Transforming the Corporate World

    Monday, June 21, 2021
    They are now making collective demands for greater transparency and reforms.

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    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.