Articles Library

October 3, 2020

The US fears competition. Its status as head of the global order must now be rethought

South China Morning Post

American pre-eminence was sustained by a grand bargain: it could sit at the top if it did not abuse its position – or it kept its abuse to bearable levels. Now that it no longer wants to behave responsibly, a more multipolar world which works for the benefit of all must be devised.
September 25, 2020

Why resilience – not technology – is the answer to our biggest challenges

World Economic Forum

The Fourth Industrial Revolution can't be a panacea for the problems caused by our obsession with unchecked economic growth. We need instead a concerted effort to reset our economic systems and make some hard choices about our future paths.
September 8, 2020

Big tech failed us during Covid. It’s time for a re-think.

Tech for Impact

It is time investors, entrepreneurs, and capitalists of all stripes get reacquainted with foundational technologies that improve societal resilience and sustainability. Public policy is critical.
August 28, 2020

Megacities Are Not the Future. They Are Inhumane and Unsustainable

Time

The pandemic has highlighted the inequality that defines big cities and should make us rethink our attitude to them.
August 23, 2020

This constant mistrust of Chinese science and technology must be countered

South China Morning Post

China’s contribution in these areas will shape the next 50 years and its innovations are needed for the good of humanity. China should not be bullied by the West, but it can counter its demonisation with transparency, talent management and improved standards of English.
August 18, 2020

The Costs Of An Over-Sanitized World

Noema

COVID-19 requires us to better understand the trade-offs that come with realizing our vision of living in ultra-hygienic environments.
August 8, 2020

Leaving Hong Kong isn’t the answer. Staying and building a new one is.

South China Morning Post

It is not only the national security law and protests that have some heading for the exit – high living costs and limited social mobility are playing a part too. If a foreign government can purport to offer a million passports, surely the Hong Kong government working with developers and banks can offer a million homes.
May 11, 2020

It Takes A Virus To Reinstate The State

Royal Society of Arts

The Covid-19 pandemic is in many ways a timely and real-world experiment to see which elements of state governance matter in times of crisis.
May 7, 2020

Hong Kong must guard against overconfidence and parochialism – pitfalls clearly illustrated by US Covid-19 failures

South China Morning Post

The US has learned nothing from the coronavirus successes in the likes of Vietnam and China, and is instead crippled by political polarisation and blinded by past glory. These are the same pitfalls threatening Hong Kong’s ability to negotiate an uncertain future
May 7, 2020

US offers cautionary tale

China Daily

Hard questions need to be asked to ensure the right lessons are learned from events of the last few months
April 29, 2020

The pandemic is just another sign of our broken food system

World Economic Forum

Producing more food will also not tackle the vast amount of food that is wasted before – and after – it reaches our plates.
April 5, 2020

Coronavirus has exposed the diseased heart of the global economy

This Week In Asia

Ironically Donald Trump may have been right that some goods should be ‘Made in America’. He was just wrong about what these should be. There seems to be no mechanism, nor motivation, for manufacturers to make something in the public interest
February 15, 2020

Why do Western environmental crises get more media attention than Asian ones?

South China Morning Post

Australia’s bush fires have dominated global headlines for months, but the forest fires of Borneo and Sumatra affected many more people. This is because the climate change debate hinges on a Western framework that distorts and oversimplifies the problem.
August 28, 2019

The Root Cause of Hong Kong’s Woes (Hint: It’s Not China)

[The Diplomat] Hong Kongers do not trust their government to defend their interests, whether against Beijing, big business, or anyone else.
August 20, 2019

ASEAN should emulate China’s GBA eco-civilisation concept

[TheEdge Malaysia]It is time that ASEAN reframes its 2025 vision and centres it around the concept of initiating an eco-civilisation as its overarching philosophy for regional integration and development.
August 3, 2019

Ten steps to end Hong Kong’s crisis and avert the next one

Hong Kong needs a way out of its firestorm of protests and violence – and it starts with the government admitting that, by any reasonable definition, it has failed. Another suggestion? Allow Beijing to help. [The South China Morning Post]
July 30, 2019

China’s Rise Is Not a Gift of the West

This argument from many China watchers has a colonial stench to it. [The WorldPost]
August 3, 2018

Why Asia’s Fintech Innovators Should Look at Myanmar

Regional financial centres Singapore and Hong Kong are buzzing with new fintech start-ups, accelerators and incubators...
June 30, 2018

Why so Few Asian Authors in Airport Bookstores?

The region needs an international-standard publisher to promote and explain Eastern perspectives to a global audience...
June 28, 2018

Warding Off the ‘Resource Curse’ in New Malaysia

An ethos of responsible resource management must pervade the entire government and be invested in strong institutions...
May 11, 2018

Malaysians Reject Fear Tactics and Opt for Change

A first ever opposition victory signals voters’ disgust with corruption...
May 4, 2018

Making Technology Socially Responsible

Asian governments need new ‘licence to operate’ for local and foreign tech companies...
April 30, 2018

Finding Sufficient Land Won’t Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis on its Own, and it May Not Even be the Most Pressing Issue

October 6, 2017

Europe’s Populism, Europe’s Hubris

The rise of European populism has shaken liberals on the old Continent. For many, the world seems to consist only of “globalists” and “populists”. Globalists represent open markets, pluralism, cooperation and liberal ideas, while populists stand for protectionism, nationalism and closed borders — and for countries to “go their own way.”
June 14, 2017

India and China should be at forefront of ‘eco-civilisation’ push

Developing nations can develop their own un-American growth themes to save the planet.
February 17, 2017

The illusion of globalism is meeting its match in populism

As the liberal veneer wears away, the iniquity of extreme capitalism becomes apparent.
November 18, 2016

Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to Asia is a rational move

Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ new president, may be the first Asian leader to ask the right questions about the future of the region.
August 24, 2016

Why talk up the tech revolution, when Asia’s problems are largely pre-industrial?

At a recent World Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur, the opening panel was invited to debate one of the leitmotifs of our age – the way in which technology and digital disruption are reshaping destinies in the Southeast Asian region.
June 10, 2016

NGOs should re-think activism strategies in developing world

If activists are to preserve biodiversity in the developing world – which has the last remaining habitats of megafauna — they need to start working with the state.
December 17, 2015

The myth of convergence between developed and developing worlds

The idea that a world of limitless connectivity, spreading democracy and freer markets promotes convergence and endless possibility may be fashionable, but it is far from the complete picture.
October 26, 2015

Internet is a bane for developing economies

What the focus on e-commerce actually represents is the continued inability of the developing world to free itself from Western ideas about models for economic growth and definitions of modernity.
January 20, 2015

Real challenge is in Asia, Africa and Latin America

Somehow the drudgery of daily life for billions in the developing world must be eased through sanitation, potable water, affordable housing and secure food supplies so that they can be empowered and economically productive, while avoiding the adoption of “developed” world habits that will result in environmental catastrophe.
September 30, 2014

Modi’s legacy should be decent sewers, not ‘smart’ cities

He should not be distracted from the unglamorous basics, writes Chandran Nair
April 7, 2014

A wake-up call from flight MH370 for complacent Malaysians

It serves as a call to action for Malaysians in general and the government to reshape the country and stop squandering its luck and enormous potential.
March 22, 2013

Reverse the urbanisation policies that empty Asia’s countryside

Is urbanisation really an economic panacea for the 60m who become city-dwellers each year? And will it deliver the returns expected across Africa and Asia?
December 26, 2012

Asia Must Free Itself From Western Chains

The world is still reeling from the financial crisis, with Asia one of the few areas with strong future growth prospects. This should mark a new intellectual era. But policy makers across the region continue to turn to those very things that got the world into its current predicament – western ideas.
October 1, 2012

Asian business schools cannot remain beholden to schools in the west

More and more of Asia’s best students are enrolling in the world’s top business schools as a means to career success – something these students usually measure by salary size rather than their actual contribution to the region’s development.
August 21, 2012

From Authenticity to Intellectual Honesty – The New Challenge for Business Leaders

August 21, 2012 Singapore Management Review By Chandran Nair One of the most tedious experiences for any professional these days […]
July 3, 2008

A carbon-constrained world

Energy consumers and producers alike bear moral and environmental responsibilities – and cannot neglect future generations, argues Chandran Nair.