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Money

Can Digitalization Help Asia Finally Solve its Financial Inclusion Challenge?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Financial technology applications need to go beyond payments systems to provide a wide array of services, from lending to insurance, to new and existing banking customers

Economy

Can the World Trade Organization be Reformed?

Thursday, May 19, 2022

An examination of the prospects for reform of the global body and the governance of world trade.

Population & Society

Should Governments Legalize Three-Parent Babies?

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

2017 AsiaGlobal Fellow Florencia Daud discusses the limits and dilemmas of maternal spindle transfer.

Money

The Geography of Digital Money

Thursday, April 14, 2022

With the emergence of Bitcoin and other decentralized crypto-currency and central bank digital money, governments must now act like strategic oligopolists.

Technology

How NFTs are Transforming Culture, Society and Financial Investments

Thursday, February 24, 2022

Skeptics have dismissed NFTs as absurd, while enthusiasts call them the wave of the digital future.

Geopolitics

Where China-US Relations are Heading

Thursday, January 13, 2022

The virtual summit between Xi Jinping and Joe Biden last November has signaled the possibility of better communication and more effective diplomacy between both countries

Economy

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.

Covid-19

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.

Geopolitics

The Roots of the China-US Financial Cold War

Thursday, December 9, 2021

A look at the sources of the severe and and still growing financial imbalances between the US and China and the geopolitical and geo-economic tensions they have caused.

Covid-19

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.

Economy

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.

Environment

Why Efforts to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals are Flagging: An Emerging Economy Perspective

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

The pathway to 2030 is likely to be set by the standards, practices, and policies of the non-state business sector.

Geopolitics

Can the US and EU Cooperate to Set International Standards for Emerging Technologies?

Thursday, October 7, 2021

While the two parties share many interests on which their cooperation is based, they still diverge significantly in their approaches to technology and data.

Geopolitics

Is Transnational Data Governance Broken?

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Dividing data into jurisdictional compartments and potentially data storage centers and the internet, too, would be a regressive move.

Geopolitics

AUKUS and the Challenge of Asserting ASEAN Centrality in the Indo-Pacific

Thursday, September 30, 2021

ASEAN has been put in an increasingly difficult position if it is to preserve its neutrality, assert its much-prized centrality in the region, and maintain cohesion.

Economy

Getting the WTO Back on Track: The Lengthening Global Trade To-Do List

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Another ministerial conference is approaching later this year and, with a new director-general at the helm, there are hopes for a revival in the global body’s fortunes.

Health

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.

Geopolitics

Afghanistan at a Crossroads: Perspectives on the Ground

Thursday, August 19, 2021

2020/21 AsiaGlobal Fellow Jason Yip reflects on the unfolding situation and considers the concerns of ordinary Afghan people.