As the first quarter of 2023 draws to a close, this edition of Tomorrow Matters reflects on some of the key themes across the year: regional diplomacy, the shift in world order, and macroenvironmental issues.
We begin on a positive note with Joydeep Gupta's article highlighting the potential for India and Bangladesh — once rivals — to collaborate on building a waterway that could alleviate freshwater stresses in both countries.
Continuing with the theme of cooperation, Julia Tijaja explores Indonesia's commitment to lead ASEAN economically during its chairmanship of the association in her insightful piece.
Turning our attention to climate change mitigation strategies, David T. Ho's article published in Nature challenges the current trend of relying on technology to reduce carbon emissions without addressing the underlying issue of reducing carbon production itself.
The final two pieces focus on different aspects of global inequality. Alex Lo's article examines the disconnect between the struggles faced by the general population and the privileged elites in Europe, as exemplified by French President Emmanuel Macron's removal of his luxury watch during an interview in which he called on the French people to be more resilient during times of austerity.
Lastly, Arm Punyathorn's article sheds light on the environmental damage caused by the importation of waste from richer countries into poorer countries, which has led to the proliferation of a large, unregulated, and dangerous recycling industry in Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries.