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.
Asia's Innovation Cities
As Asia's economies climb the development ladder, strategies must shift from absorbing and adapting global knowledge to innovation. And cities are the hubs where most innovation takes place.
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.
Canada's "Asia-competency" deficit
To be a winner in the Asian Century, you need to "know" Asia. Unfortunately, Canada is being held back by an "Asia-competency" deficit.
Asia in 2013
Asia will muddle through in 2013, benefiting little from the revival of the US economy. But as in 2012, there will no doubt be some surprises.
Asia's retarded services sectors
Except for the cases of Hong Kong and Singapore, the services sectors in Asia face many restrictions on doing business, which retard the region's development.
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.
Even North Korea is changing
More and more North Koreans now have access to information from the outside world that starkly contrasts with official propaganda. Could this undermine the control of this authoritarian state?
"Multidimensional poverty" in Asia
Poor people suffer from multiple deprivations, whose intensity varies by country. Many Asians who have escaped "income poverty" ($1.25 a day) have no access to health or education services.
Asia's uneven development
Asia has achieved a stunning reduction in the number of people living on less than $1.25 a day. But the region is lagging behind on progress on health, nutrition and education.
Poverty in Asia
In emerging Asia, absolute poverty is declining, but still too high. And in Japan, relative poverty is on the way up.
While it has long been considered a region of copycats, Asia is now becoming a more important player in global innovation.
Asia's low quality jobs
Behind the rosy picture of Asia's dramatic reduction in poverty is the reality that the overall quality of employment in Asia remains low.
Women's economic opportunity in Asia
Asia, the world's most dynamic region, is still way behind in providing women with economic opportunity.
Australia in the Asian Century
Every decade or so, an Australian Prime Minister rediscovers the importance of Asia to Australia. In launching a White Paper on Australia in the Asian Century, Julia Gillard has joined that tradition
OECD and Asia -- a cold war organization in the age of globalization
How does a Cold War organization like the OECD respond to the end of the Cold War?
Australia's fourth wave of engagement with Asia
Tim Harcourt, the "Airport Economist", puts Australia's next wave of global engagement in the Asian Century in perspective with this insightful piece on "The Power of Proximity".
Asia's human rights
There is a widening gulf between Asia's miraculous economic growth and the region's poor human rights record, according to Amnesty International.
Asia's illegal financial outflows
Asia tops the developing world in everything -- including illicit financial outflows
What Asia's Next Generation, the "Tiger Cubs", Thinks
What do Asia's tiger cubs think of issues like education, inequality, demographics, environment, governance, geopolitics, and Asia identity?
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