It’s a small world after all. Humanity is gradually realizing that many of its most pressing concerns, such as demographic transformations, ecological sustainability and the impact of technology on our lives, can only be addressed at a global level. To promote economic and social progress, safeguard peace and protect human rights, leaders in politics, business and civil society must look at the bigger picture of how the world is interconnected.
This realization comes amidst a climate of strong popular discontent against globalization, indications of which can be seen in the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. and Brexit. Globalization is frequently blamed for social, economic and political ills, from rising inequality to insecurity. This paves the way for the radicalization of public opinions, with major political forces calling for closing borders and “deglobalization.”
It would be too easy to dismiss such discontent as a fringe element, or to ignore the challenges that come with globalization. We must address these difficulties in an honest, critical and yet constructive way.
AsiaGlobal Online sheds light on what globalization actually is, how it has historically affected human societies, what problems it brings about and how such problems can be solved.
The thought articles we publish are drawn emphatically from Asia. While authors from other parts of the world are also welcome, this journal aims to bring to the fore perspectives from Asia, and on Asian issues of global relevance. It translates specialized knowledge into timely, relevant insights.
The idea and practice of globalization are deeply entrenched in Asian societies. The region is a unique place through which to examine the complexities of globalization. Some countries have greatly benefited from global trade and transnational engagements, achieving extraordinary growth. Yet, like elsewhere, Asia contends with such problems as rising inequality, involuntary migration, transnational crime, rampant corruption and cross-border pollution.
Slowing economic growth has led to the questioning of what once seemed like flawless development models. However, Asia is also a place where political, technological and social innovations present possible routes for change. The diversity of economic, social, cultural contexts and political regimes throughout Asia offers observers an opportunity to learn about and confront multiple ways to engage in globalization.
AsiaGlobal Online explores globalization and global issues through an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approach. It does not favor specific viewpoints but rather offers a diversity of perspectives.
As a broad overview of the scope of the journal, here is a list of topics and transversal themes we cover.
All phenomena related to the transnational circulation of individuals and its associated effects: migration, freedom of movement, education and social capital, aging populations and health.
Goods and Services
Trade and investment, access to resources, energy, competition and trade policies (such as the Belt and Road Initiative, or BRI), innovation and food security.
Issues pertaining to finance and macroeconomics: capital market integration, financial crises, financial regulation, multinational financial institutions, currency policy and blockchain technology.
Culture, religion, ideology, soft power, freedom of speech, as well as media and cultural production.
The digital revolution, robotization, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and privacy.
Green development, urbanization, transnational management of waste and international climate agreements.
International governance frameworks and reforms, regionalization, security and non-traditional security and other forms of bilateral or multilateral dialogues (such as ASEAN and trade agreements).
This list is not exhaustive. Please feel free to get in touch with the editors of AsiaGlobal Online and propose your idea.