Korea’s corrupt democracy
The impeachment of Korean President, Park Geun-hye, highlights Korea’s deep corruption. But it is also a testimony to the strength of Korea’s democratic institutions, writes John West.
Portfolio investment in Asia 2017
This paper explores the relative performance of 6 exchanges in Asia and as a benchmark, also explores “western” exchanges, including Australia, over a 10-year period.
Protectionism and globalization
Protectionism is not the answer, make globalization work, argues the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
From TPP to TTP (Trump Trade Policy)
As many of us now fret over the demise of the TPP at the hands of Donald J. Trump, a new wave of trade liberalisation in Asia could be taking shape through “Trump Trade Policy”, argues John West.
Trumped by Trump
THE celebration of stupidity has surely reached its apogee in the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States, writes Roger Coombs.
Thank God for Godwits
Roger Coombs reports on two children’s books focussing on the lives of the Bar-Tailed Godwit, one of the bird species most critically dependent on continuity of the East- Asian Australasian Flyway.
Asia's dearth of democracies
Not one Asian country would have a “full democracy”, writes John West.
Anti-Globalization Risks for Asia-Pacific
The Asia-Pacific faces risks from slowing trade and rising anti-globalization sentiments says the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC).
Mongolia: after the bust
The collapse of commodity prices continues to drag down the Mongolian economy, though an IMF loan could provide a short-term solution, writes John West.
Connectivity in the Asia-Pacific
The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council has urged to find synergy among connectivity initiatives.
Korea's chaebol predicament
Korea must extricate itself from its chaebol predicament, argues John West.
Asia's stunted development
Asia's former miracle economies are now suffering from stunted development, writes John West.
The Barron's Revolt: Why Big Wars Start
We all, not just Europeans, should all heed Julian Lindley-French's warnings about Russia.
Asia’s mythical middle class society
Despite the widespread hype, Asia's "middle class" society remains a myth. Only 15% of Asians could claim to be living middle class lives, writes John West.
Call for Papers - Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home
The organisers of the conference, "Heritages of Migration: Moving Stories, Objects and Home", Buenos Aires, 6-10 April 2017, have issued a call for papers.
Debt and Bets on whose interest?
Jayasri Priyalal from the UNI Asia & Pacific trade union group has shared with us his important article on major problems in the banking industry.
Managing the world's liquid asset - water
Change in culture and mindset about water use in private and public sectors are needed to tackle world's water problems argue Asit K Biswas, Cecilia Tortajada and Giovanna Chandler.
Asia's disappointing social progress
Social progress has been disappointingly weak in Asia, writes John West.
Investing in an Emerging Market in Asia
Glen Robinson shares with us some tried and true “do’s and do nots’ in relation to investing in emerging market economies in Asia. It’s interesting reading!
Towards a multicultural Korea?
Could its current wave of immigration transform ethnocentric Korea into a multicultural society asks John West.
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