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Covid-19

China

Supply-Chain Stress: The Pursuit of Resilience

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Supply-chain strains must be addressed with urgent action, but this will require the collaboration of various parties whose values may not align.

Hong Kong

The Road to Reopening Hong Kong

Thursday, January 6, 2022

The government should introduce a vaccine pass by March 2022. Here is why.

China

The International Pandemic Preparedness Treaty and an Emerging Digital Divide

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Pandemic preparedness should include a range of digital health capabilities with a view to minimizing the digital divide.

China

Why I Left Hong Kong: The Hidden Crisis of Covid-19

Thursday, November 25, 2021

A personal reflection on leaving Hong Kong due to its public-health policies and the pressures they imposed.

Global

Climate Change, the Energy Crisis and Covid-19: A Post-Bretton Woods Solution for the Main Street Economy

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

A dual currency system would allow governments to control the sudden surge of excess funds flowing from the financial economy into the real economy.

A Roadmap to Build Back Right: The Sharing City

Thursday, August 26, 2021

The coronavirus pandemic has re-energized moves to achieve a sharing economy.

Global

Designing Mental Health into Cities Will be Essential Post Covid-19

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Post-Covid-19 resilient cities will be those that take advantage of the built environment to prevent mental ill health.

Bangladesh

The Most Vulnerable: The Pandemic’s Impact on Bangladesh’s Garment Workers

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Workers are left at the mercy of employers, who laid off an estimated 10 percent of the workforce.

Global

Can Covid-19 Reverse Myanmar’s Destructive Path?

Thursday, August 5, 2021

The coronavirus vaccine could be a lever to change the junta’s behavior – and save lives.

Global

Don’t Let This Crisis Go to Waste: The Danger of Treating Covid-19 as Endemic

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The Covid-19 crisis should be regarded as a rare opportunity for a global reset.

Indonesia

Crisis Leadership Tested: Indonesia’s Response to a Covid-19 Second Wave

Thursday, July 15, 2021

The country may be better served if President Joko Widodo signals a commitment to democracy by not running for a third term.

Indonesia

Past is Prologue: Indonesia’s Foreign Debt and the Pandemic

Thursday, June 10, 2021

The concern should not be about the level of debt but about how the country deploys the financing and whether it is able to implement further structural reforms.

Global

Vaccine Valor: Making Something Out of Nothing with North Korea

Thursday, May 20, 2021

The aim: to reopen the doors to diplomacy and, in the long term, the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

India

Incalculable Tragedy: We May Never Know the Truth about India’s Covid-19 Numbers

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

The authorities’ reliance on obfuscation and delay means that the full extent of the Covid-19 tragedy unfolding may never be known.

India

India’s Covid Crisis: Minimum Government, Minimum Governance

Thursday, May 6, 2021

The second wave of coronavirus devastating India would have crippled most governments. But Narendra Modi is no ordinary leader.

Global

To Boost Vaccine Confidence Requires Politics – Alongside Science

Thursday, April 8, 2021

These efforts must be pragmatic, holistic and sustainable.

ASEAN

Covid-19, Digital Technology and Ensuring Decent Work for Labor Migrants in Asia

Thursday, February 18, 2021

The economic downturn has prompted large-scale layoffs and deportations, and the unprecedented wave of returnees will have dramatic implications for national development.