Articles Library

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.