Towards stable, efficient, and inclusive finance in Asia
Asia's 1997-98 financial crisis, and the current global financial crisis have taught Asia tough lessons, above all, the need for stable, efficient and inclusive finance to realize the Asian Century.
Towards ethical finance in Asia and Pacific
"Return on Ethics" should become the new ROE of banks, argues Jayasri Priyalal, UNI Apro's director for finance sector sctivities.
The power of Asian Americans
Could the increasing migration of highly skilled Asians launch an Asian-driven American century?
The idea of Asia
We recently had the opportunity to discuss with Sven Saaler, from Tokyo's Sophia University, his work on Pan-Asianism. Saaler had many important insights to share with us.
Sydney's golden age
Sydney's golden age is splendidly exhibited at the New South Wales Art Gallery. Today, however, the harbor-city is curiously losing its edge to the ugly duckling of Melbourne.
South Korea's plastic surgery obsession
South Korea’s apparent obsession with plastic surgery has been getting a lot of press recently, writes Lila Nojima.
Social contract for the Asian century?
Asian trade union leaders are pushing for a new social contract in the region. What are the issues? What are the chances?
Smart cities? The truly great have soul
The truly great cities have a soul, argues Asit K Biswas from Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and the Third World Centre for Water Management in Mexico.
Small business finance in Asia
Small business has a big problem, and that is access to finance. This is a problem everywhere, but especially in emerging and developing economies in Asia and elsewhere.
Russian Spring for Christmas?
Steve Howard, Secretary General of The Global Foundation, has shared with us this message of hope from Moscow.
Don't forget that Russia is the largest Asian country in terms of land mass.
Rule of Law in Asia
The rule of law is fundamental to achieving communities of opportunity and equity - communities that offer sustainable economic development, accountable government, and respect for fundamental rights.
Richardson and Schmidt to North Korea
Former US Ambassador to the UN, Bill Richardson, and Google chief, Eric Schmidt, are now in North Korea, defying the advice of the US State Department. We think the mission is a very good idea.
Revolutionary Iran at 35: A New Political Synthesis
Richard Javad Heydarian has shared with us "A New Political Synthesis" on Revolutionary Iran at 35.
Renewable energy in the Asian Century
Asia is very rich in renewable energy resources like solar, wind and geothermal. What role can they play in the realization of an Asian Century?
Remembering the Asian Financial Crisis
The 1997-98 Asian Financial Crisis was the defining event of Asia's modern economic history. Has the region learnt the harsh lessons, and made the necessary reforms?
Racism and intolerance in Australia
Racism towards Asian and other ethnic groups is alive and well in Australia, despite the country's attempted embrace of the Asian Century.
Quality: most pressing water problem
The real long-term water problem the world is facing is the continued deterioration of its quality, rather than its physical scarcity, argues Asit K Biswas.
Poverty in Asia
In emerging Asia, absolute poverty is declining, but still too high. And in Japan, relative poverty is on the way up.
Open regionalism ... a long journey
Pacific Economic Cooperation Council leaders called for a renewed commitment to "open regionalism" at their recent meeting in Vancouver. But open regionalism is a long journey.
Ontario in the Asian Century
Asia's tiger and dragon economies are big and fast. And Ontarian businesses should catch them, if they can, according to the recent "Asia Pacific Global Export Forum".
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