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GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

As he prepares to welcome his G7 counterparts to their summit in Biarritz on August 24-26, French President Emmanuel Macron may be wondering if he…
INVESTMENT

The Driving Forces Behind China’s Agri-Food FDI

As of 2016, China’s foreign direct investment (FDI) in agriculture totaled US$26 billion, with investments in 100 countries. Although only a small part of China’s…
DEVELOPMENT

Holding Their Own? – China-Africa Relations Mature

There is no narrative about Africa in this century that has not included a discourse about China. The Asian giant has played a critical role…
ETHICS

Lessons from Australia’s Financial Misconduct Shock

Trust in the financial services sector plunged around the world in the wake of the global financial crisis over a decade ago. Surveys show that…
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Is Asia Serious About Running the IMF?

For many years now, Asian policymakers, journalists and academics have fulminated about inequities in the selection of the heads of the Bretton Woods institutions, the…
HEALTH

How the Global Sleep Deficit is Bankrupting Humanity

When Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, told the local South China Morning Post newspaper in 2018 that her busy schedule meant she slept only…
INFRASTRUCTURE

Time for a European Response to China’s Belt and Road

The Chinese government has set an example for the rest of the world with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). It is supporting the improvement…
ECONOMICS

With Belt and Road Projects, Consider the China Risk

Through its Belt and Road Initative (BRI), China is offering support for long-term development in infrastructure-poor regions. It provides opportunities for financing much-needed projects to…
GEOPOLITICS

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia: Inevitable Storms

Perhaps one of the most ambitious foreign policy proposals ever made by China, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a clear indication of the…
SECURITY

Denuclearizing North Korea: What Must Happen Next

The late Anglo-American essayist and poet T. S. Eliot once said, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will…
ASIA-PACIFIC

The Power of Three: How US-China-Japan Dynamics Shape Asia Pacific

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as the host of G20 Summit in Osaka, sat between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, trying…
POLITICS

Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan

In the summer of 1989, when Francis Fukuyama published his article “The End of History?” in The National Interest and suggested that the battle of…
INFRASTRUCTURE

High-Speed Rail Rivalry: Can China and Japan Drive Sustainability?

As Japan readies to host the leaders of G20 nations on June 28-29 in Osaka, it has signaled its resolve to tackle an aspect of…
REGIONALIZATION

Splintering Global Supply Chains: Asia’s Worst Nightmare?

Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan was speaking for the rest of Asia when he told a Washington, DC, audience last month that the protracted US-China…
ECONOMY

G20 Alert: The Trade War Gets Existential

It is no exaggeration to say that the escalation of the trade war has put the likelihood of a new global recession triggered by the…
GEOPOLITICS

India in the World: Modi’s Moment in the Sun – or the Shade?

When Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister of India in May 2014, among the guests at the ceremony was Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime…
DIPLOMACY

How the Rules-Based International Order Took Root

Founded on the principle of the rule of law, the United States is largely governed by lawyers, though not as much as decades ago. The…
TRADE

Could the US and China Have Avoided Escalating Their Trade War?

The US and China are in the middle of a tit-for-tat escalation of their year-long trade war. The first eight rounds of negotiations pushed the…
ECONOMY

Acche Din, Redux: The Business Outlook for Modi’s Second Term

The election victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was extraordinary and unexpected. Opinion polling and recent state election…
GEOPOLITICS

Modi 2.0: Old Problems and New Possibilities

The conversations I have enjoyed more than many others have been those I have had on my way to or from the airport. Chats with…
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,…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
FINANCE

Waiting, and Waiting, for the Global Renminbi

“Great powers,” says the Nobel-laureate economist Robert Mundell, “have great currencies.” So where is China’s? In the years following the 2008 financial crisis, things seemed…
SECURITY

The Philippines’ Maritime Conundrum

The standoff over territorial rights to the South China Sea has exposed the depth of the Philippines’ reliance on the waterway for food and energy…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China and the Rise of Africa

China’s role in Africa is growing, and is becoming key to the continent’s economic rise. Already, China is Africa’s largest trade partner. The volume of…
INCLUSIVENESS

DNA and the Globalization of Humanity

Regardless of how an individual racially or ethnically self-identifies, they will see a DNA test result showing multiple divisions in their bloodline, simplified by many…
ENVIRONMENT

Why the “Anthropocene” Is Not “Climate Change” and Why It Matters

“Anthropocene” is a widely proposed name for the geological epoch that covers human impact on our planet. But it is not synonymous with “climate change,”…
TRADE

Personal Business: Why Nigerian Traders Travel to China

Mr. and Mrs. Alhaji (names have been changed) are the owners of a successful textile wholesaling firm in Lagos, Nigeria. They import from a variety…
INCLUSIVENESS

More Women in Boardrooms Means Greener, Better Business

The findings of a new study highlight the importance of gender diversity in a boardroom in making environmental decisions: firms with more female directors on…
ENVIRONMENT

Mind Games: The Effects of Air Pollution on Cognition

While the toll that breathing polluted air exacts on health and physical wellbeing is richly documented, lesser known is its impact on human intelligence. In…
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

China in Africa: Practicing Diplomacy as a Great Power

Over the course of his presidency so far, Xi Jinping has carefully but explicitly reoriented China from diplomacy with major powers to diplomacy as a…
ENVIRONMENT

A Fair Society or a Fare Society?

The current linear economic model—also known as “take, make, and dispose”—is often criticized for the high pressure it puts on the environment, leading to pollution…
DEMOCRACY

When Public and Private Merge: South Korea and the Chaebol

South Korea was recently shaken by a series of corruption scandals that led to the impeachment and imprisonment of former President Park Geun-hye. Several chaebol,…
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...
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...
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...
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 U.S. 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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