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Asia Pacific

Economy

Economic Restructuring and Political Governance: Challenges for Asia's Emerging Economies

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Financial crises, rapid technological advances, shifting competitive advantages, and the pandemic are straining emerging Asian economies.

Politics

The Lady’s Second Act: Myanmar’s Post-Election Priorities

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Running the government while finding ways to work with the powerful military has been made more complicated by Covid-19 and the resulting economic challenges.

Geopolitics

Empires and Opportunism: Russia, Iran and China

Wednesday, December 9, 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.

Economy

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

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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

Geopolitics

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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

Geopolitics

Asia Wakes Up To An Assertive, Hectoring America

Thursday, November 5, 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.

Development

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

Thursday, October 15, 2020

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

Covid-19

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

Thursday, October 8, 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.

Politics

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

Tuesday, September 29, 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.

Politics

Asian Politics Needs a Youthful Disruption

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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

Education

Australia’s Loss, Britain’s Gain: How UK Universities Benefit from the Covid-19 Crisis

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

A stable relationship with China may serve the UK well, as its educational institutions could capitalize on a shift of Chinese students away from Australia.

Environment

Palm Oil: A Case for Conciliation over Confrontation

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Europe might have done better to conduct a more informal, consultative approach involving all stakeholders instead of a unilateral ban on palm oil imports.

Economy

Vulnerability and Resilience: Technology and Covid-19 Should Initiate Reskilling

Thursday, July 23, 2020

As Covid-19 grips the world, the Filipino workforce looks increasingly vulnerable, despite strong growth in recent years.

Economy

After Covid-19 Success: Vietnam’s Economic Opportunities and Challenges

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Vietnam will have to improve in a number of areas – including sustainability and infrastructure – to maintain any kind of post-pandemic economic momentum.

Inclusiveness

When a Disease Uncovers Digital Divides

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Educational and employment exclusions due to the digital divide have been exacerbated by the lockdowns caused by this unprecedented public-health crisis.

Geopolitics

How Not to Respond to China

Thursday, June 18, 2020

As China pursues a more assertive foreign policy, other countries should push back whenever Beijing over-reaches, writes former Australian foreign minister Gareth Evans

Geopolitics

After the Nuclear Deal: China and Iran Tread Carefully

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tehran and Beijing must tread carefully, given the numerous overlapping spheres of interest in a volatile area of the world, US pressure and the impact of Covid-19.

Economy

Sealing Borders Leads Only to a Pyrrhic Victory

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

While drastic actions may yield success in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, they will likely lead to severe damage to economies that may be felt for years