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ASEAN

Blowing Hot and Cold Over the South China Sea

Thursday 31st October 2019

Could Manila's soft-pedaling of its territorial dispute with Beijing lead to a Code of Conduct in the South China Sea that fits Chinese interests?

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Global

Regulating Cryptocurrencies: Five Challenges

Thursday 24th October 2019

Although cryptocurrencies have been around for about a decade, it was no more than three or four years ago that regulators began to feel intense pressure to catch up. 

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Global

For a Truly Global Peace Agenda in a Multipolar World

Thursday 17th October 2019

The Global South, particularly China and other Asian countries, is more active in conflict prevention and resolution

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China

Rethinking Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Healthcare

Thursday 10th October 2019

Collaboration between traditional Chinese medicine and the West could offer opportunities to improve healthcare and lower primary care costs

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Global

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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India

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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India

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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Global

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 and address the low level of participation of women at all stages of the development of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as artificial intelligence and automation. Brigid Trenerry, Gayathri Haridas and Sun Sun Lim of the Singapore University of Technology and Design stress the importance of preventing biases and existing prejudices from being built into technological applications.

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China

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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ASEAN

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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ASEAN

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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Global

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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Japan

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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Asia Pacific

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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Japan

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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China

Whose Rules-Based International Order is it Anyway?

Thursday 22nd August 2019

The Trump administration has turned away from the multilateralism that the United States itself created, leaving the rules-based international order under severe stress. Alejandro Reyes of the Asia Global Institute argues that attempts by some G7 countries and "like-minded" allies to strengthen the global system will have limited impact if their aim is to assert liberal values rather than shape a new order by working with China, India and other players who prefer pragmatism over preaching.

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China

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. They are a bellwether of the economy and an indication of the competition and collaboration between state-owned and private enterprise, domestic and international actors, and even rival businesses. As protectionism and nationalism impinge more and more on global trade, Chinese direct investment in the food sector will become more agile and diversified, writes Thomas David DuBois, who conducted his research as a visiting fellow at the Fudan University Development Institute in Shanghai.

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China

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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