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Limits to the Asia-Pacific Growth

Limits to the Asia-Pacific Growth Sun, 22 Sep, 2019

Following the massive  socio-economic success of the largest continent, corruption is the next battleground in the development of the Asia-Pacific. Lately, it has hampered inclusive and sustainable development and is a primary cause of the difficulty experienced by developing Asian-Pacific countries in advancing beyond the middle-income bracket. 
A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future

A Short History of the ASEAN Digital Future Thu, 12 Sep, 2019

This month, Malaysia celebrates its 62nd anniversary of Independence, led by 94-year old but digitally savvy Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
Indonesia abandoning its Capital ?

Indonesia abandoning its Capital ? Wed, 04 Sep, 2019

I have almost always lived in capital cities. I was born in New Delhi, resided in London, Prague (before Czechoslovakia split in 1993), Budapest, Rome, Bonn (long before the capital moved to Berlin in 1991), when my parents were posted there as diplomats. When in Indonesia, it's always been in Jakarta. 
France: Chaos or a New Social Compact?

France: Chaos or a New Social Compact? Wed, 21 Aug, 2019

At the end of the parade, a few dozen people release yellow balloons into the sky and distribute leaflets saying "The yellow vests are not dead." 

Deeper meanings of the Hong Kong protests Is China a gamechanger or yet another winner? Wed, 21 Aug, 2019

Does our history only appear overheated, while it is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future?
China says Trump, Xi reach trade truce

China says Trump, Xi reach trade truce Sat, 29 Jun, 2019

President Donald Trump declared relations with China were "right back on track" after he and President Xi Jinping sought Saturday to de-escalate a prolonged trade war between the economic powerhouses despite doubts about either's willingness to compromise on a long term solution.

Malaysia – Yet another crisis looming? Sat, 29 Jun, 2019

Love him or hate him, Mahathir Mohamed during his first stint as prime minister was able to instill a great sense of national pride and unity.

Sensation of Financialization Sun, 02 Jun, 2019

Over recent decades, the scope, size, concentration, power and even the purpose and role of finance have changed so significantly that a new term, financialization, was coined to name this phenomenon. 
Herat, the fire´s bride

Herat, the fire´s bride Thu, 16 May, 2019

The olive eyes of Shaista peep between the bandages covering her burnt body, for she, like so many other Afghan women from the city of Herat, decided to escape her life by way of fire.
Shaista arrived at the hospital burning between wisps of hair and fabric, and her 19-year-old body is now a landscape of lava.

Mega Economies of Tomorrow: Indonesia’s Way Up Mon, 29 Apr, 2019

The World Bank analytically divides the world’s economies into four income groups: high, upper-middle, lower-middle and low. Countries that are categorized as upper-middle income are the ones with income per capita ranging from US$3,896 to $12,055.
Japan - A quiet geo-economic giant

Japan - A quiet geo-economic giant Fri, 05 Apr, 2019


In the turbulent world politics involving extensive international coverage, stable and humdrum Japan does not have much of a presence. 
We Need An Ecological Revolution

We Need An Ecological Revolution Wed, 27 Mar, 2019

Does history repeat itself? Is it cyclic, or is it unidirectional? Certainly many aspects of history are repetitive – the rise and fall of empires, cycles of war and peace, cycles of construction and destruction.
The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it

The Sino-US Trade War – Why China can’t win it Tue, 26 Mar, 2019

Does our history only appear overheated, but is essentially calmly predetermined? Is it directional or conceivable, dialectic and eclectic or cyclical, and therefore cynical? Surely, our history warns. Does it also provide for a hope? Hence, what is in front of us: destiny or future?
Back to the Afghan Future: The security challenges of Afghanistan's reconstruction and development

Back to the Afghan Future: The security challenges of Afghanistan's reconstruction and development Sat, 23 Mar, 2019

The current talks between the representatives of the Taliban and the US Government in Qatar are an important step but peace and stability are still beyond reach. Afghanistan's reconstruction and durable development requires a satisfactory level of security and tackling issues such as unemployment, corruption, and armed violence.
Huawei case: The HiFi Geostrategic Gambit

Huawei case: The HiFi Geostrategic Gambit Sat, 23 Mar, 2019

In a general, comprehensive, strategic outline of the global scenario we can see that China is being harassed on several fronts by the US: commercial pressures, diplomatic maneuvers to block the progress of infrastructure projects (OBOR/New Silk Road), at technological level, the boycott/ restrictions against Huawei.  
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