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

Thursday 20th September 2018

Donald Trump’s national security advisor, John Bolton, has acted on his long-stated distaste for the International Criminal Court by declaring it dead to the U.S. Though a few of Bolton’s protestations have merit, the U.S. is setting a dangerous precedent in condemning the court.

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Money

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

Thursday 20th September 2018

The Asia-Pacific casino sector has undergone many changes in the past 15 years. The success of Macao and Singapore has encouraged other regional jurisdictions, such as Japan, to follow suit. The recent passage of Japan’s legalization bill caused heated debate across Japanese society, but stakeholders can engage the community to achieve positive outcomes.

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Health

Grocery Shopping Amid Radiation Concerns in Japan

Thursday 13th September 2018

The 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant triggered by the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami have caused ordinary Japanese to reevaluate their trust in the food supply. Skeptical of government assurances, consumers turned to private actors, who stepped up their regulatory efforts to fill the trust gap.

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Economy

The New Economic Nationalism

Thursday 13th September 2018

Following World War II, the global economy moved rapidly toward further integration. Now, this process has stopped, and is in fact reversing itself. With countries increasingly engaging in economic nationalism, massive changes are coming, for economies big and small.

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Environment

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

Thursday 6th September 2018

Carbon pricing has been widely considered for the past 25 years as a useful tool to help combat climate change. Adoption has progressed, but the pace has been glacial. As the U.S. retreats from climate change leadership, China, as shown by its embrace of emissions trading, is stepping in to fill the vacuum.

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Geopolitics

Chinese Whispers and the Geopolitics of the Pacific Islands

Thursday 6th September 2018

Australia and New Zealand have long viewed the Pacific Islands as part of their sphere of influence. China’s increasing engagement in the region is now throwing that in doubt. Canberra and Wellington must reconfigure their regional strategies to be more inclusive, and recognize Pacific Island states as sovereign actors in their own right.

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Geopolitics

Japan Attempts to Crack the Central Asian Frontier

Thursday 30th August 2018

Over the past couple of decades, Japan has indicated its desire to play a bigger role in Central Asia and has gradually increased its developmental efforts in the region. However, Japan’s engagement in the region remains overwhelmingly government-driven. To make a bigger impact, it must increase private sector participation.

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Technology

Trolls for Sale in the World’s Social Media Capital

Thursday 30th August 2018

Before the world learned of Cambridge Analytica and Russian trolls, there was Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential campaign in the Philippines. Regarded as “patient zero” in our current era of disinformation, the Duterte campaign and the culture that made it possible provide valuable insight into the psychology of disinformation workers.

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Politics

Can China Save Itself from Crony Capitalism?

Thursday 23rd August 2018

Crony capitalism leads to a symbiotic relationship between wealth inequality and political power. The world can learn much from cases of crony capitalism and, in turn, take measures to stop it from developing.

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Geopolitics

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

Thursday 23rd August 2018

There are many who would like to see the concept of the “Indo-Pacific” region evolve from an idea to reality. These supporters are looking to India and Indonesia, two of the most populous countries in the region, to lead the way. This, however, is currently unlikely, owing to misalignment between the two countries’ political-economic goals and actions.

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Politics

Food Safety, Political Legitimacy, and Community in China

Thursday 16th August 2018

In reaction to a seemingly never-ending torrent of food safety scandals, an alternative food movement is growing in China.

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Geopolitics

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

Thursday 16th August 2018

China has often been accused of practicing “debt-trap diplomacy”—miring supposed partners, particularly developing countries, in unsustainable debt-based relationships. But this is a misreading of the issue, and nowhere is this more apparent than in China’s dealings with Venezuela.

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Technology

The Science and Sensibilities of Smart Cities

Thursday 9th August 2018

As Asian countries develop smart cities, residents must contend with their benefits and drawbacks. While connected systems have the potential to deliver better urban planning and conveniences, they can also introduce inequalities and undermine inclusiveness.

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Environment

Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Thursday 9th August 2018

The transition to renewable energy in Southeast Asia has been widely publicized and lauded, but a closer look reveals that non-carbon-intensive power sources can also cause damage and enhance inequalities. A more effective strategy would focus on reducing demand.

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Security

Undersea Cables Are a Vital Link to Cyberspace Stability

Thursday 2nd August 2018

Undersea cables are the bedrock of the global communications system. Yet, they are severely under-protected. Damage to these cables could create havoc. It is of urgent importance that governments and non-state actors work together to build a framework to ensure the security of such key infrastructure.

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Geopolitics

Technology and Maritime Imperialism in Southeast Asia

Thursday 2nd August 2018

In light of the fierce technology-fueled geopolitical battles being waged on the world stage today, it is time to examine how technology facilitated imperialism at the turn of the 20th century. Specifically, in Southeast Asia, the Dutch and the British used telegraphs, lighthouses, and more as instruments of empire.

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Media, Science & the Arts

The Path to Heliocentrism for China and Europe

Thursday 26th July 2018

Neither scientific progress nor its ability to move society forward is guaranteed. That Earth revolves around the sun seems obvious to us now, but this conclusion came about over 1000 years, taking varying paths in China and Europe. The history of astronomy in these two regions shows us how important political systems are to scientific development.

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Technology

Innovation Isn’t Just About High-Tech in Asia

Thursday 26th July 2018

For innovation to serve everyone in emerging economies, it must go beyond the relentless pursuit of the cutting edge. Focusing more on the needs of the majority of Asian emerging market consumers will lead to more sustainable, lasting growth.

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