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Technology

Governance and Stability in Cyberspace: What Will it Take?

Thursday, January 9, 2020

While governments have long seen cybersecurity as a national concern, the necessity of including non-state actors in relevant policymaking is slowly being recognized.

Geopolitics

Asia 2020: Learn the Lessons of 2019

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Vasuki Shastry, Associate Asia Fellow of Chatham House in London, offers lessons from the past year and considers what they may portend at the beginning of a new decade.

Geopolitics

The China-US Technological Competition and its Opportunity Costs

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The US-China trade dispute is much more than a battle over a US$420 billion deficit, what the tensions are really about is a race for “geo-technological” superiority.

Environment

Agricultural Subsidies and Climate Change: A Policy Reflection from Africa

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Climate change is severely affecting smallholder farmers in Africa, who represent the majority of the agriculture sector across the continent.

Environment

A Global Smart Renewable Power Grid: A Radical Proposal

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Since the Paris Agreement was signed, the world continues to experience extremes of climate change as signatories to the accord struggle to meet their climate goals.

Environment

In Indonesia, Water Can Be a Public and Private Good

Thursday, December 5, 2019

As an archipelagic nation spread over 17,000 islands, Indonesia faces numerous challenges in addressing water supply and sanitation issues.

Population & Society

How the UN Compact on Refugees Can Address the Rohingya Crisis

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Time to assess the international community's response to the dramatic increase of forced migrants: Rohingya refugee children attend class in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Geopolitics

Abe Power and the US-China Cold War

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Shinzo Abe, now Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, is steering Japan across tricky diplomatic waters.

Security

The Security Dimension of China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Thursday, November 14, 2019

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is far more than an instrument of Chinese foreign economic and development policy, argues Mher D Sahakyan

Technology

AI and Emotions: The Next Frontier in the Social Sector

Thursday, November 7, 2019

What happens when the Fourth Industrial Revolution collides with the need and desire to improve the state of the world?

Technology

AI and the Disruption of Social Sectors

Thursday, November 7, 2019

With technology advancing rapidly, new applications are disrupting many sectors by solving problems that were impossible or too time-consuming to handle before.

Technology

Regulating Cryptocurrencies: Five Challenges

Thursday, October 24, 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. 

Politics

For a Truly Global Peace Agenda in a Multipolar World

Thursday, October 17, 2019

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

Health

Rethinking Traditional Chinese Medicine in Modern Healthcare

Thursday, October 10, 2019

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

Health

Is the Internet of Things Killing Your Brain Cells?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

The dangers of connectivity: Are digital technology and the obsession with mobile devices and apps responsible for human cognitive decline?

Inclusiveness

Diversity, Inclusion and the Future of Work

Thursday, September 26, 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.

Geopolitics

Trump Won Trade War 1.0 – Will He Now Rush a Deal?

Friday, September 20, 2019

While the US president may want to forge an agreement soon to boost his re-election hopes, Xi Jinping is in no rush.

Population & Society

Big Picture, Small Scale: Systems Thinking on the Ground

Thursday, September 12, 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.