June 1, 2020

The future of Asian conservation


The AEC should take real conservation action, putting an end to this international tragedy of the commons while simultaneously minimising the risk for the next pandemic and economic crisis.
May 31, 2020

China’s decision to drop economic growth target is a blessing in disguise

This Week In Asia

The more Beijing weans itself off growth as the economic metric, the freer it will be to concentrate on the environment, health and education. Growth targets inevitably lock developing countries into a Western model of economic policy and a Western notion of how globalisation should work.
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
March 18, 2020

What all the countries that contained coronavirus have in common


Some states are equipped to handle a coronavirus crisis, and some are not—and it has little to do with development status.
March 3, 2020

Malaysia’s ‘Malay First’ Malaise

The Diplomat

The recent political upheaval, like so many of the country’s woes, stems from the longstanding racialization of politics.
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.
January 16, 2020

Climate Change and Intellectual Dishonesty


Governments and corporations should move beyond superficial green slogans and prepare for redesign of economic systems, with incentives that prioritize sustainability, resource conservation and social stability over short-term profits.
November 7, 2019

The Global Debate on the World’s Major Divisions Misses the Elephant in the Room

Institut Fur Auslandsbeziehungen

“The world has never been more divided” is a refrain often heard in mainstream commentary, especially as the global consensus around economics and governance is challenged both internally and externally. But what are these divisions? What is causing them? And what must we do to confront them?