As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2023, it is important to reflect on the significant factors shaping the rest of the year. In this edition of Tomorrow Matters, we will explore evolving trends in globalisation, diplomacy, development, and the vital need to reclaim indigenous histories. By taking stock of these crucial issues, we can better equip ourselves to navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
We journey across Asia to explore a range of topics that demand our attention starting in China, where companies are breaking away from traditional globalisation methods in favour of strategic partnerships that prioritise long-term benefits.
Next, we turn our attention to Vietnam with a thought-provoking discussion of the country’s diplomatic behaviour regarding the war in Ukraine. While morality plays a role in state actions, Vietnam’s abstention from condemning Russia at the UNGA was a rational pursuit of national interests.
Moving on to Japan, we explore how the country's ageing population is impacting political attitudes, with the elderly increasingly shaping policy decisions and outcomes.
In Bangladesh, we examine the impressive social and economic progress achieved despite governance dysfunction, while also questioning the sustainability of this progress without a corresponding effort to improve governance institutions.
Finally, we conclude with a poignant piece that challenges Western narratives of the Himalayas, exploring indigenous knowledge of the region and the need for greater respect and recognition of diverse cultural perspectives.
We hope you enjoy this month's insightful and thought-provoking selection of commentary from around the region.