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Health

Is the Internet of Things Killing Your Brain Cells?

Thursday 10th October 2019

The dangers of connectivity: Are digital technology and the obsession with mobile devices and apps responsible for human cognitive decline?

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Politics

India’s Lost Decade – and How It Can Be Reversed

Thursday 3rd October 2019

India could be settling into a structural slowdown - can its leaders implement necessary reforms such as meaningful measures to promote manufacturing?

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Geopolitics

The Politics of FDI in Indian States

Thursday 3rd October 2019

The level of foreign direct investment across India varies widely by state, we look at the differing situations in Tamil Nadu and Odisha.

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Inclusiveness

Diversity, Inclusion and the Future of Work

Thursday 26th September 2019

For the future of work to be inclusive, efforts are required to promote diversity at all stages of the development of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies

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Geopolitics

Trump Won Trade War 1.0 – Will He Now Rush a Deal?

Friday 20th September 2019

While the US president may want to forge an agreement soon to boost his re-election hopes, Xi Jinping is in no rush.

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Development

ASEAN’s Infrastructure Dilemma

Thursday 19th September 2019

Japan-financed urban railway project in Ho Chi Minh City: ASEAN needs a collaborative and coordinated approach to infrastructure development

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Geopolitics

Flawed Assumptions: Why the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific is Defective

Thursday 19th September 2019

Foreign ministers including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (4th from left) and China's Wang Yi (far right) demonstrate ASEAN centrality

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Population & Society

Big Picture, Small Scale: Systems Thinking on the Ground

Thursday 12th September 2019

Tackling development challenges such as climate change and ageing demographics requires an understanding of the many different factors contributing to the problem. Global solutions are not always the answer – local approaches combined with systems thinking can prove more effective, writes veteran management consultant Arun Maira, Chairman of HelpAge International, a global NGO aimed at helping the elderly lead dignified lives.

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Geopolitics

Australia’s Pacific “Step Up” Stumbles

Thursday 5th September 2019

Australia must find its home in the region instead of looking like the uncomfortable colonial among strangers.

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Geopolitics

History Hurts: Japan and Korea Should Dial their Dispute Down

Thursday 5th September 2019

Domestic politics trumps diplomacy: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has taken a strong line on Korea to boost his approval ratings

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Geopolitics

In Trade War, Japan and Korea Need Anger Management

Thursday 29th August 2019

Leaders on both sides need to see the advantages of long-term close relations over fractious bickering

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Geopolitics

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

Thursday 22nd August 2019

Attempts by "like-minded" Western allies to strengthen the global system will have limited impact if their aim is to assert liberal values rather than shape a new order.

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Industry

The Driving Forces Behind China’s Agri-Food FDI

Thursday 15th August 2019

China’s international agriculture investments represent more than a quest for food security.

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Geopolitics

Holding Their Own? - China-Africa Relations Mature

Thursday 8th August 2019

The rapid expansion of China-Africa economic ties led to questions about a new colonialist dependency. While concerns about debt and oversight persist, the relationship has evolved. Johannesburg-based African business expert Dianna Games argues that it is up to African countries to build the capacity to deal effectively with Beijing.

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Money

Lessons from Australia’s Financial Misconduct Shock

Thursday 1st August 2019

Persistent and widespread misconduct has fueled distrust in the financial services sector. After an investigation lasting over a year, a commission of inquiry in Australia uncovered a shocking level of systemic malpractice and the culture of self-interest and lack of accountability that led to it. Asia-Pacific countries, where economies and services sectors are expanding rapidly, would be wise to learn from those mistakes, writes business ethics expert Eva Tsahuridu of RMIT University in Melbourne.

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Politics

Is Asia Serious About Running the IMF?

Thursday 25th July 2019

With the process for selecting a new managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) starting, Vasuki Shastry, who worked in senior communications and public affairs roles at the organization, argues that Asian countries should overcome their traditional reluctance and geopolitical impediments and differences to support a candidate from the region.

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Health

How the Global Sleep Deficit is Bankrupting Humanity

Thursday 18th July 2019

A worldwide sleep deprivation epidemic resulting from disruption of our biological clocks will lead to health and social-economic challenges – threatening human survival. Nowhere is this a bigger crisis than in the Asia-Pacific region, where a lack of sleep has been equated with climate change or a nuclear holocaust in terms of negative consequences. Urgent policy intervention, with political will and commitment, is required to tip the scales, Christopher H Lim and Vincent Mack of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore argue.

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Geopolitics

Belt and Road in Southeast Asia: Inevitable Storms

Thursday 11th July 2019

China recognizes that poor governance and lack of transparency of Belt and Road Initiative projects could undermine its strategic interests in Southeast Asia. While Beijing will continue to build economic cooperation networks in the region, China’s interests could collide with those of other major powers, leading to geopolitical storms, which ASEAN member states will have to weather, argues Xue Gong of the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore.

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