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POLITICS

Democratic Backsliding: Lessons from Interwar Japan

In the summer of 1989, when Francis Fukuyama published his article “The End of History?” in The National Interest and suggested that the battle of…
INDUSTRY

Challenges of Dispatch Work in China

In 2016 and 2017, thousands of disgruntled workers at the Sino-German car giant FAW-Volkswagen (Changchun) held a series of protests. They were so-called “dispatch workers,”…
INCLUSIVENESS

More Women in Boardrooms Means Greener, Better Business

The findings of a new study highlight the importance of gender diversity in a boardroom in making environmental decisions: firms with more female directors on…
DEMOCRACY

Can China Save Itself from Crony Capitalism?

By any measure, China’s inequality in wealth and income has risen at an alarming pace, reaching new heights in recent years. A Peking University study…
ENVIRONMENT

Renewable Energy Is Not Always Sustainable in Southeast Asia

Energy has been in the global spotlight for some time, including in the fast-growing economies of Southeast Asia. While governments and media showcase the steps…
CITIES

The Science and Sensibilities of Smart Cities

As the science around smart cities becomes ever more sophisticated, the sensibilities of their inhabitants may yet be increasingly offended...
CITIES

Keeping Cool with Microclimate Diversity

What could be more common than a trip to a shopping mall in any Southeast Asian city? Asian cities boast some of the largest shopping…
INDUSTRY

Asia’s Factory Workers in an AI-Driven World

Today in China, technology is removing the need for service staff in the most casual of experiences. Cameras equipped with facial recognition technology are being…
INCLUSIVENESS

Addressing Inequality from Global and Asian Perspectives

Lucas Chancel: Global inequality is rising. But the different trajectories between countries show there is room to manoeuver. (4’50”) Instead of basing its findings only…
INCLUSIVENESS

Why Inequality Divergence Between China and Russia?

Since 1980, many economies have experienced two concurrent trends: rising wealth-income ratios and increasing income inequality. These trends have been playing out particularly spectacularly in…
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