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Geopolitics

Empires and Opportunism: Russia, Iran and China

Wednesday 9th December 2020

Tehran now hopes to find a more solid partner in a China that is prepared to challenge and compete with a weakened US and Russia.

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Technology

Why Asians Need Their Own Governance Structure for Artificial Intelligence

Thursday 3rd December 2020

AI can also be used for nefarious data collection and manipulation, and it is vital that countries in the region collaborate to govern its use.

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Covid-19

Asian Corporate Law in a Post-Covid-19 World

Thursday 26th November 2020

Countries have introduced legislation to allow online practices. Corporate governance models are also shifting away from traditional Anglo-American standards.

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Economy

End of the Spaghetti Bowl: RCEP Does Not Create an Asia-Pacific Trade Bloc

Thursday 19th November 2020

While RCEP is useful and highlights the benefits of lower trade restrictions, it is not a major breakthrough.

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Geopolitics

After Trump’s Disruptions, Biden Has a Full Agenda in Asia

Wednesday 18th November 2020

The new president’s advantage, according to Mumbai-born journalist and author Salil Tripathi, is his experience and maturity.

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Politics

Biden's Priorities: Covid-19, Climate, Alliances, Multilateralism – and Depoliticizing the Bureaucracy

Thursday 12th November 2020

The new president will have to “detrumpify” or depoliticize the bureaucracy to restore sobriety, professionalism and expertise to the conduct of foreign policy

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Geopolitics

Asia Wakes Up To An Assertive, Hectoring America

Thursday 5th November 2020

The changing way the US wields power in the world and its tougher approach to China are forcing Asian countries to rethink their relations with Washington and Beijing.

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Population & Society

Addressing Modern Slavery Worker Vulnerability During Covid-19

Thursday 29th October 2020

How has the pandemic contributed to new vulnerabilities among workers? What can companies and managers do to help mitigate abuses and keep workforces safe?

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Population & Society

Technology as Amplifier: Giving Workers a Voice in Social-Compliance Audits

Thursday 29th October 2020

The gap between the estimated number of modern slavery victims and the number who were helped suggests failings in processes. But technology could change things.

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Politics

The Free People Movements and Political Awakening in Thailand

Thursday 22nd October 2020

For the first time, the Thai monarchy is the target of reformists’ ire. Many more Thais are seeking a country that is a truly constitutional monarchy and democracy.

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Economy

What Next for Hong Kong-United States Trade?

Thursday 22nd October 2020

The decision by the United States that Hong Kong products must be labelled Made in China has sparked alarms. Here's what Hong Kong might be able to do in response.

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Geopolitics

Is Viral Sovereignty the Antidote to Vaccine Nationalism?

Thursday 15th October 2020

A new dangerous kind of nationalism amalgamating underlying global challenges is on the rise: vaccine nationalism.

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Development

Post-Covid-19, Will Urbanization Be a Thing of the Past?

Thursday 15th October 2020

A rethinking of development strategy and planning beyond the traditional economic- and city-centric world is essential, especially in the Global South.

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Covid-19

Coherent Vision: How the Asia Pacific Can Drive Sustainable and Inclusive Growth

Thursday 8th October 2020

APEC should lay out a strategic framework that sets a positive direction for reform and growth for the region and gives businesses the confidence to plan for the future.

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Covid-19

Covid-19 and ASEAN Cooperation: The State of Play and Ways Forward

Wednesday 7th October 2020

Apart from collaboration in health and medicine, ASEAN has been inconsistent – even confrontational – in matters where cooperation would be the best course of action.

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Politics

From Abe to Suga: Japan’s Quest for Inspiring Leadership

Tuesday 29th September 2020

While the longest-serving Japanese leader will rank high among the more memorable and effective of his predecessors, he tended to be more popular abroad than at home.

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Politics

Asian Politics Needs a Youthful Disruption

Tuesday 29th September 2020

A mentorship program to develop and guide the next generation of Asian leaders is urgently needed.

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Geopolitics

What’s Next for the US-China Tech War

Thursday 24th September 2020

The real challenge lies not in the clash between the two major powers but inside the US, which must tackle widening social inequality.

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