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INCLUSIVENESS

How to Regulate Internet Platforms Without Breaking Them

In July 2018, the European Commission imposed a fine of €4.34 billion on the U.S. internet company Google for breaching E.U. antitrust rules. Specifically, Google…
ENVIRONMENT

Together We Fall? Southeast Asia and Transboundary Haze

Transboundary haze is a form of seasonal air pollution affecting up to six Southeast Asian countries on an almost annual basis. The first reports of…
ENVIRONMENT

Renewable Energy in Southeast Asia: Debunking Popular Myths

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) distinguishes itself by being a laggard in terms of renewable energy deployment...
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Overlapping Regionalism in the Asian Order

Across policy and academic circles, experts have been debating the future of the liberal international order and implications for regional governance. In the United States…
SECURITY

Farewell to Nuclear Arms Control?

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (I.N.F.) took seven years to negotiate, contributed to the end of the Cold War, and ushered in three decades of…
MIGRATION

Global Effects of High-Skilled Immigration

In the United States, the administration of President Donald Trump has launched a full assault on all forms of immigration, whether undocumented, refugee, temporary, or…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Timor Sea Dispute: Territorializing the Sea?

The dispute between Australia and Timor-Leste provides an interesting example of how different states view maritime entitlements...
MIGRATION

Multinational Contractors as Border Watchmen

Within the global asylum system, nation states have traditionally had ownership of tasks such as determining one’s asylum status and providing access to temporary housing…
ENVIRONMENT

Preparing Australian Farmers for a (Non-)Rainy Day

The three most common categories of government assistance to agriculture during a drought are subsidies for farm business, income supplements for low-income farm families, and…
TRADE

Trump, China, and the Future of the Global Trading System

It has become conventional today to deride the World Trade Organization—with its patchy record of occasionally successful, but more usually interminable, negotiations—as the lowest common…
ENVIRONMENT

China’s Pursuit of Blue Skies and Green Economics

China has made substantial progress in reducing pollution, particularly since the start of the 11th Five-Year Plan in 2006. At the 2014 National People’s Congress,…
FINANCE

Global Markets’ Tepid Reaction to China’s New Opening

Soon after U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, met in Beijing last year, China announced that it would relax or eliminate…
FINANCE

Asia’s Financial Future is Green

As the global community grows increasingly concerned about environmental and societal issues, governments across the world are gradually transitioning to “green growth.” This involves aligning…
MIGRATION

Japan’s New Foray into Immigration Policy

Many countries are currently wrestling with immigration policies, especially around the number of migrants to allow, the type of new people that should be allowed…
CITIES

Gambling on Success: Long Road Ahead for Japan’s Integrated Resorts

The way forward for legal casino gambling, or gaming, as it is known within the industry, in the Asia-Pacific is multifaceted compounds that include hotels,…
DEMOCRACY

America First or America Isolated: The Case of the International Criminal Court

In a major policy speech on September 10, 2018, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton launched a virulent attack...
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The New Economic Nationalism

The rise of international trade and free movement of capital, which facilitated the post-World War II period of unprecedented growth and prosperity, may now be…
ENVIRONMENT

Grocery Shopping Amid Radiation Concerns in Japan

A visit to a grocery store means navigating thousands of products to find those that we want to purchase. Checking the provenance and safety of…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Chinese Whispers and the Geopolitics of the Pacific Islands

An April 2018 report that China was in talks to build a military base in Vanuatu highlighted how crowded and complex the geopolitics of the…
ENVIRONMENT

U.S. Left Behind as China Takes Lead in Carbon Pricing

Climate change has been the subject of intense public policy discussion for at least 25 years, since the 1992 landmark Earth Summit in Rio de…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Japan Attempts to Crack the Central Asian Frontier

In recent years, China and its Belt and Road Initiative have comprehensively appropriated the term “Silk Road.” But before China, one of the first East…
DEMOCRACY

Trolls for Sale in the World’s Social Media Capital

Following shocking revelations in the wake of the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump’s election, the terms “fake news factories” and “troll armies” entered the global…
DEMOCRACY

Can China Save Itself from Crony Capitalism?

By any measure, China’s inequality in wealth and income has risen at an alarming pace, reaching new heights in recent years. A Peking University study…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India and Indonesia Standing in the Way of the Indo-Pacific

Promoters of the “Indo-Pacific” concept claim that growing economic and security links are contributing to the integration...
ENVIRONMENT

Food Safety, Political Legitimacy, and Community in China

“Good food”—food that nourishes communities and sustains healthy ecologies—has been at the center of social movements around the world over the past four decades. The…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China, Venezuela, and the Illusion of Debt-Trap Diplomacy

In an article from early 2017, titled “China’s Debt-Trap Diplomacy,” geopolitics pundit Brahma Chellaney argued that China has sought to purposely ensnare some of its…
ENVIRONMENT

Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Energy has been in the global spotlight for some time, including in the fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia. While governments and media showcase the steps…
CITIES

The Science and Sensibilities of Smart Cities

As the science around smart cities becomes ever more sophisticated, the sensibilities of their inhabitants may yet be increasingly offended...
SECURITY

Undersea Cables Are a Vital Link to Cyberspace Stability

On July 27, 2018, the Japanese government updated its cybersecurity strategy, calling for the strengthening of infrastructural protection, including that of international undersea cables. Given…
SECURITY

Technology and Maritime Imperialism in Southeast Asia

Does technology help decide who rules the world? This question is on many minds at the moment, especially vis-à-vis China and the United States, two…
EDUCATION

The Path to Heliocentrism for China and Europe

We take it for granted that science always moves us forward. A cursory look at contemporary popular discussions about science, which feature, among other long-debunked…
INDUSTRY

Innovation Isn’t Just About High-Tech in Asia

Many Asian economies are focusing on innovation and regional emerging markets to drive growth. The economic model “Thailand 4.0,” for example, presents a broad development…
ENVIRONMENT

China’s Air Pollution Edges Back from the Brink

Air pollution, and especially particulate matter, is one of the greatest threats to human health. It leads to respiratory and heart diseases, strokes, and lung…
ENVIRONMENT

A Possibility of Rebirth for Dongjiang River

Contaminants both obvious and subtle have made a home within our rivers. These pollutants include pesticides, fertilizers, industrial effluent, and human sewage—a mélange of chemicals…
ENVIRONMENT

Rivers in Peril: Restoring the Lifeblood of Cities

Many of the great cities of the modern world are intertwined with their rivers: London and the Thames, New York and the Hudson, Paris and…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China’s Railway Dreams Have Missing Link

The Pan-Asia Railway, a marquee project in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is to be a network of contiguous track that would stretch from…
DEMOCRACY

What Needs to be Done to Improve Government Accountability

Every organization—even a government—needs a vision. But who audits governments’ results? Political scientists would tell you that voters do. Economists would tell you that investors…
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,”…
DEMOCRACY

Corruption Eats Away at Asia-Pacific Growth

“Corruption is man’s inheritance.” – Anacletus Corruption is the next battleground in the development of the Asia-Pacific. It has hampered inclusive and sustainable development and…
INDUSTRY

Security Implications of China’s Rising Appetite for Seafood

Today, each person eats, on average, about twice as much fish as 50 years ago. But according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the…
DEMOCRACY

A Matter of Trust: Media and Politics in Southeast Asia

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president in the United States and the result of the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote to leave the…
INDUSTRY

The Human Face of Factory Automation

The Copenhagen Fashion Summit is an annual event that takes a critical look at the apparel industry’s sustainability. The 2018 event, held on May 15-16,…
INCLUSIVENESS

How Can Asia Boost Philanthropy?

Personal wealth in Asia is not only at an all-time high; it continues to grow at an unprecedented pace. Asia accounts for 30% of the…
INDUSTRY

The Politics of Corporate Social Responsibility in China

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) made its first official appearance in China in the 2006 Company Law. In December 2007, the Shanghai and Shenzhen Stock Exchanges…
INDUSTRY

Belt and Road’s Future Lies in California

The enshrining of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in China’s constitution in October 2017 ensures that it will guide vast swaths of Chinese foreign…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Is There Space for Europe in the Asia-Africa Growth Corridor?

The Asia-Africa Growth Corridor (AAGC) is a cooperation framework between Asia and Africa, led by India and Japan. In a way that mirrors the Chinese-sponsored…
INDUSTRY

How Your Business Can Hedge Against Natural Disasters

The devastating human cost of natural disasters cannot be overstated, and rightly receives the lion’s share of media and academic attention on the subject. There…
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…
FINANCE

Superstition and Gambling on the Stock Market

In the past few decades, the rise in prosperity in Asia has made it easier for Asians to engage in stock trading. Some do this…
TRADE

Low-End Globalization: How China Is Developing the Developing World

When most people think of globalization, they think of Apple, Samsung, McDonald’s, Huawei—vast corporations with globally recognized brands...
INDUSTRY

China Stuck in the Success Trap

It is irrefutable that China has achieved great success in economic growth. It has been the world’s second-largest economy since 2010, and is, by some…
DEMOCRACY

Trust in Ratings: China’s Social Credit System

China is looking to restore “trust” and “sincerity” in society by making a digital “social credit system.” In this kaleidoscopic system of ratings and blacklists,…
DEMOCRACY

Facebook is Hurting Democracy in Myanmar

Politicians and regulators are focusing on how social media can be used as a weapon in polls. But Facebook undermines other parts of representative democracy,…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China and the Quad: Challenges for Southeast Asia

The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or “the Quad” (US, Japan, Australia, and India), is widely regarded as a counter to China’s rising wealth, power, and ambitions.…
DEMOCRACY

Anti-Fake News Remedies Worse than the Disease in Asia

Asia is the new battleground for the digitization of elections and social media use. Social networking platforms are remaking the idea of what is public…
HEALTH

The New Tech of Epidemic Surveillance: A Magic Bullet?

An unmanned aerial vehicle soars above the land, on a mission to deliver blood to a remote health center. High-resolution satellite imagery is analyzed for…
INDUSTRY

China and the Building of Africa’s Information Societies

Huawei, China’s leading telecom equipment company, recently announced its intention to begin operations on a new submarine telecom system connecting Asia and Africa. The project,…
TRADE

The U.S.-Launched Trade War Affects Us All

The United States’ recent announcement of new tariffs on aluminium and steel has fueled fears of a trade war between the U.S. and the rest…
SECURITY

U.S. Attack on Syria Makes Fraying World Order Worse

In striking Syria with missiles on April 13 and 14, the U.S., UK, and France said the aim was to uphold international law against the…
TRADE

Combating the China Hustle

Filmmaker Jed Rothstein’s documentary The China Hustle tracks a number of fraudulent Chinese companies that have listed on US stock markets. Despite the illegality of…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

ASEAN Ensures Balance of Power in Asia

The 50-year-old Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) prides itself on developing an open regional architecture, that brings together many more countries than just…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

India, the Quad, and the China Question

How does India, the “strategic fulcrum” of the Indo-Pacific, perceive the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, or the Quad, comprising Australia, India, Japan, and the United States?…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

What Is in China’s 13th National People’s Congress for the World?

The first session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) ended on March 20, 2018. The meeting brought together the approximately 3000 delegates—among whom are…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Foreign Policy Is China’s New Guiding Light

A popular catchphrase in the Chinese government today is that the Communist Party will ensure the “great renaissance of the Chinese nation.” What this renaissance…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Can America Bounce Back in Asia?

In the aftermath of World War II and the Korean War, the U.S. planted the seeds for an “Asian century” to be realized in the…
SECURITY

India Changing Tack on Space Policy

India has one of the oldest space programs in the world—in operation for more than five decades—and is considered an established spacefaring power. Today, the…
SECURITY

Trump and the Nuclear World Order

Ideally, a Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) should provide intellectual guidance to military planners; reassure Americans, allies, and friends; and deter would-be adversaries. It also shapes…
FINTECH

Blockchain in China: Tussle Between Control and Openness

Over the past few years, China has become a global leader in cryptocurrencies. At a peak point, China was home to approximately three-quarters of global…
SECURITY

Fighting Piracy on the ASEAN Seas

Ever since oil was discovered in the Gulf area in the 20th century, the maritime route from the Gulf region to East Asia passing through…
CITIES

Keeping Cool with Microclimate Diversity

What could be more common than a trip to a shopping mall in any Southeast Asian city? Asian cities boast some of the largest shopping…
INDUSTRY

China’s Dairy Industry Going Big

One hot summer day in the early 1990s, I traveled to Beijing to see a well-heeled friend, who met me at the train station holding…
DEMOCRACY

The Philippines Beyond the Dark Spell

The Philippines is under a dark spell. Since May 2016, it has been ruled by a strongman who has called for the “genocide” of drug…
EDUCATION

Liberal Arts in Asia: Globalization and Its (Dis)Contents

“Forget liberal arts. If you want a job, you had better get a business or STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) degree.” Since the time…
MIGRATION

Brokers and Migration Infrastructure

Today, we know a great deal about why rural villagers across Asia travel abroad to become migrant workers, as well as their struggles in destination…
INDUSTRY

Cloned Food on Your Plate?

In the last few decades, animal cloning has been hotly discussed in key economic sectors such as the pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. More and more…
INDUSTRY

Asia’s Factory Workers in an AI-Driven World

Today in China, technology is removing the need for service staff in the most casual of experiences. Cameras equipped with facial recognition technology are being…
INCLUSIVENESS

Addressing Inequality from Global and Asian Perspectives

Lucas Chancel: Global inequality is rising. But the different trajectories between countries show there is room to manoeuver. (4’50”) Instead of basing its findings only…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Without America and Without a Plan

No country has benefited economically more than Australia from China’s recent, historically unprecedented growth and development. Yet few countries are more worried about the possible…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

The Korean Games, Olympic and Otherwise

On February 9, 2018, the Winter Olympic Games will officially begin in the South Korean town of Pyeongchang. But Olympics-induced games of a diplomatic sort…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Beyond the U.S.-China Race for Geotechnological Supremacy

We are living in an age of technological revolution unlike anything humankind has experienced before. The confluence of the internet, big data, artificial intelligence (AI),…
INCLUSIVENESS

Why Inequality Divergence Between China and Russia?

Since 1980, many economies have experienced two concurrent trends: rising wealth-income ratios and increasing income inequality. These trends have been playing out particularly spectacularly in…
FINTECH

When the Dollar Spoke Spanish

However problematical “global currency” may be to define, we in general know it when we use it. That currency today is the US dollar, but…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

On the Doorstep of the Belt and Road Initiative

President Xi Jinping is wholly committed to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). He made this clear in front of a large gathering of world…
EDUCATION

MOOCs Turn Local into Global

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have sent shockwaves through higher education by opening up course content to any learner with internet access, free of charge.…
MIGRATION

Hong Kong Migrant Workers Take the Reins of Leadership

It was a typical Sunday for Nur Halimah. Early in the morning, she and her friends from the Hong Kong Indonesian Migrant Workers Co-op were…
GENDER

China’s Forgotten Role in Western Second-Wave Feminism

What do we imagine when we refer to “the global” or “globalization”? As many scholars have pointed out, the Anglo-European experience has often been considered…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Resurrection of the Middle Kingdom

During the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing, much of the global attention was focused on changes to the political leadership; even after the event…
CITIES

Changing the World … in Small and Creative Ways

I was always told to make change, loads of change, as much change as I can muster, and make my mark on the world. Growing…
INDUSTRY

Rise of East Asia in the Global Innovation Index

What makes a country innovative? One of the many ways to delve into this question is via the Global Innovation Index (GII) report, which I…
GENDER

Masculinity in Radicalization

With the recent collapse of the Islamic State’s headquarters in Raqqa, one is led to wonder: what will happen to those fighters who managed to…
ENVIRONMENT

Integrating Science and Social Science in Disaster Management

Typhoon Haiyan killed over 6000 people in the Philippines in 2013. Monsoon floods claimed 1200 lives in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal in 2017, with 40…
INCLUSIVENESS

Making Sense of Global Disorder

The global economy is experiencing the first acceleration in synchronized growth in 10 years; growth is picking up in all the major economies and regions…
TRADE

The Palace and the Harbor

Instances of contact between distant societies during the 16th and 17th centuries often form part of the “great narrative” of the “Westernization of the world.”…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Towards One Global Privacy Law

The move towards one global privacy law is not a matter of “if,” but “when.” Business is increasingly conducted online and over transnational cloud computing…
EDUCATION

Leadership at Universities, from the U.K. to Hong Kong

What is leadership? An adage that I like, adapted from one uttered by American politician Bob Ehrlich, is that I don’t know what leadership is,…
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