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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.

Geopolitics

Japan, the US and China: A Shared Olympic History

Thursday, August 12, 2021

A reflection on the possible implications of Tokyo 2020 on Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the future of China-US relations.

Population & Society

Earth’s Amphibious Transformation: Urbanizing Asia’s Seas

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Instead of focusing only on how to control the movement of water, cities should also embrace the ongoing “amphibious transformation” by adapting to life on water.

Covid-19

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.

Security

The Quest for Outer Space Norms: Legal vs Political

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Proponents of transparency and confidence-building measures led by the US need to meet halfway with China and Russia.

Covid-19

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.

Technology

Leave No One Behind: How to Include Civil Society in the Cybersecurity Debate

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Efforts to enhance cybersecurity should include the participation of NGOs and the groups they serve to ensure that the civil society sector is not left exposed to risks.

Politics

The New “Cold War” – and Why The US Cannot Win It

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

The past success of the US came not through projecting values such as democracy and freedom but by expanding its economy and borrowing from authoritarian playbooks.

Geopolitics

Even the British are Coming: ASEAN and the Internationalization of the South China Sea

Thursday, June 10, 2021

While ASEAN welcomes great-power and partner support, member states are wary not to push Beijing too far.

Geopolitics

Chip Wars and Decoupling: China and the US’s Semiconductor Plays

Thursday, June 3, 2021

In the long run, the impact on China will be limited.

Geopolitics

Decoupling and Diversification: China, the Belt and Road, and the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A closer look at the initiatives to create alternate global supply chains that are durable, resilient and less reliant on China.

Geopolitics

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.

Media, Science & the Arts

Sense and Sensitivities: China and Hollywood at Odds in the Cinema World

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Hollywood’s relationship with China — a marriage of convenience headed for divorce over irreconcilable differences.

Technology

Adding Value: Living with Intelligent Machines

Thursday, April 22, 2021

The key concern should not be about the displacement of individuals in work and daily life but how to maximize the value added when human beings are augmented by AI.

Covid-19

To Boost Vaccine Confidence Requires Politics – Alongside Science

Thursday, April 8, 2021

These efforts must be pragmatic, holistic and sustainable.

Education

Clinging to the Conventional: Enduring Presuppositions Can Kill

Thursday, April 8, 2021

What is required is a global conversation to address an age-old challenge: the balancing act of modifying or dismantling existing dogma and presupposition.