Looming Trouble in the Taiwan Straits
Trouble looms in the Taiwan Strait with the expected victory of a candidate from the pro-independence party in the upcoming Taiwanese presidential elections, writes John West.
The Rise of Asia’s Think Tanks
Regional think tanks are proliferating. But is the quality keeping pace, ask Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Singapore’s Surprisingly Predictable Election Result
Most analysts were surprised that the ruling PAP did so well. They shouldn’t have been, argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
Singapore and sharing data
Singapore can afford to be more open in sharing data, argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Elections in Myanmar/Burma
The last days of the election campaign in Myanmar are torn between hope for renewal and the need to ensure a smooth transition writes Stefano Pelaggi.
China’s political predicament
Turmoil in China. Sudden exchange rate devaluation. Shanghai stock exchange meltdown. Factory explosion in Tianjin. Massive capital flight. Is the infallible Chinese government losing its touch?
Democracy and Asian development
The Chinese authoritarian juggernaut is now wobbling forward, sideways and backwards. Could in the end democracy be the best political system for fostering Asian development, asks John West?
Japan's stunted democracy
With thousands of Japanese citizens in the streets protesting against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, could Japan be on the verge of becoming a mature, full-fledged democracy asks John West.
Asia’s democracy deficit
Democracy has very shallow roots and many enemies in Asia -- and not only in China -- argues John West.
The meaning of Manny Pacquiao
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao has a great knack for bringing his country men and women together. But strong and inclusive political leadership is also necessary to create a real cohesive society.
Revamping India's public procurement
A properly designed and implemented procurement law is long overdue. It can improve financial management, and bring large financial and governance benefits.
Co-operative federalism requires greater competence by states
Co-operative federalism requires greater competence by states, according to Mukul Asher, National University of Singapore, & Councilor, Takshashila Institution.
Hong Kong can be hell
Milton Friedman once famously said "If you want to see capitalism in action, go to Hong Kong". But Hong Kong's brand of capitalism has led to inequality, poverty, and social unrest.
China and India should create own anti-graft indices
China and India should create their own anti-graft indices, present new metrics and expose the shortcomings of Western analysis, if any, argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
China needs own metrics for corruption fight
China needs own metrics for corruption fight argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Singapore in 2014: ‘Tentative moves towards Verifiable Trust’
The Singaporean population's persistent expectations towards ‘Verifiable trust’ in government policies acquired greater urgency, and this is set to accelerate, argue Mukul G. Asher and Chang Yee Kwan.
Asia's weak and fragile states
All too many Asian countries have weak and fragile states, which are holding back their prospects for development.
Polite Japan's dark underbelly
The very sharp criticisms of Japan, recently meted out by the United Nations Human Rights Committee, are a harsh reminder of how shallow is democracy in that country.
Asia’s future challenges -- a geopolitical & economic perspective
Today Asia is facing increasingly complex challenges, economic and above all political, writes Ian Buchanan Senior Executive Adviser, PwC strategy& (formerly Booz & Company), Chairman AusPECC.
Governance for Asian development
Many Asian governments have done a superb job implementing policies to promote development. But can they take their countries to the next phase -- innovation-driven development?
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