INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Staying the Course: Australia Set to Continue Asia-Pacific Strategy

Foreign policy barely rated a mention during Australia’s election campaign. Prime Minister Scott Morrison, whose center-right Coalition government was returned to office on May 18, had largely endorsed the broadly…
INFRASTRUCTURE

How Social Enterprises Can Serve Asia’s Underserved

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by United Nations member states in 2015, seek to promote social and economic development while recognizing environmental limits. But many goals—such as universal access…
ACCOUNTABILITY

How New Rules Aim to Reduce Slave Labor in Asia

Combating human trafficking and modern slavery in Asia-Pacific supply chains is a serious challenge. The region is an engine of global economic growth, and home to factories that supply international…
PACIFIC ISLANDS

Chinese Waves: The Limits to Beijing’s Influence in the South Pacific

Charlot Salwai, prime minister of Vanuatu, and Liu Quan, Chinese ambassador to Vanuatu, 2017. Since 2011, China has provided US$1.26 billion to Pacific Island countries, ranking it the second largest…
SOCIAL MEDIA

Instagram and the Psychological Perils of Social Comparisons

Social media has the potential to make us feel worse about ourselves because we have a natural tendency to make social comparisons. So in order to find out more about…
HEALTHCARE

How Asia Can Avoid the Lifestyle Drug Trap

The origin of the word “pharmaceutical” is the Ancient Greek word phármakon, meaning “medicine” or “cure”. It can also mean “poison”. Throughout history, cures-cum-poisons were natural remedies. Nearly all the…
FINANCE

Stablecoins: The First Blockchain Consumer Product

With volatility often cited as one of the greatest barriers to cryptoasset adoption, stable-value coins pegged to common units of account such United States dollars…
ENVIRONMENT

Restoring Forests the Natural Way: The Best Bargain Ever

Agricultural expansion has been the major driver of deforestation across the Asia-Pacific region for over a century, but declining rates of deforestation and tree cover…
FINANCE

Establishing an Asia-Pacific Cryptocurrency Hub

The initial coin offering (ICO) has become a viable if controversial means of raising capital and growing a user base for start-ups around the world.…
INDUSTRY

Challenges of Dispatch Work in China

In 2016 and 2017, thousands of disgruntled workers at the Sino-German car giant FAW-Volkswagen (Changchun) held a series of protests. They were so-called “dispatch workers,”…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Progress on a Nuclear-Free North Korea Stalled, Not Halted

U.S. President Donald Trump’s much-anticipated summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the end of February ended early...
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What Is Xi Jinping’s Major Power Diplomacy?

The Chinese Communist Party began its annual fortnight-long National People’s Congress this week. This year’s session is of particular interest to the international community as…
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…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Allies Not Out of America’s Line of Fire

There is an old idea in retail: a shop should always have a loss leader, something flashy in the front that lures in passers-by. The…
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