China and the Gulf Nations in a Changing World: The Opportunities and Challenges of Deeper Engagement

    Thursday, July 22, 2021
    While ties between China and the Gulf states have a strong foundation and great potential, the road ahead is not without challenges.

    American Foreign Aid and its Consequences for Human Rights Protection in Southeast Asia

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021
    Converging interests of donor and recipient, together with the domestic legitimacy of the beneficiary government, affect the scope of repression in aid-receiving states.

    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.


    What’s Next for the US-China Tech War

    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    The real challenge lies not in the clash between the two major powers but inside the US, which must tackle widening social inequality.

    The US “Clean Network” Risks Undermining a Rules-Based Tech World

    Thursday, September 24, 2020
    At stake are who sets the rules for the communications, data and artificial intelligence-driven networks of the future.

    India Changing Tack on Space Policy

    Thursday, March 29, 2018
    India steps up its space policy, shifting its position on militarization. Without adequate global governance, this could extend geopolitical tensions to outer space.

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    A Battlefield of Proxy Wars History Has Never Before Seen?

    Wednesday, July 28, 2021
    The Afghan government and political leaders must work towarsd an Afghan-owned peace process.

    Shocking Case of Domestic Helper Abuse Raises Difficult Questions

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Setting up a more effective reporting mechanism is a priority, which requires greater public awareness and better education of society.

    A Depressing State-of-the-Nation Address – then Olympic Gold-Medal Joy

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    Hidilyn carried not only the barbell, but also the people in a way that Duterte failed to do.

    The Case Against the Housing Tax

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    Whether the centrist government will continue to be the choice of the people will depend on its tax policy.

    The Resurgence of Nationalism

    Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    Japan is not immune to this kind of nationalism. We should not stop watching China's problems and criticizing them.

    Looking Back Under The New Normal

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021
    The people are more aware of what goes on today. They want better times and to do away with the old normal.

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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.