An e-publication in support of Asia's renaissance in the 21st century
Global Value Chains for an Asian Century
Getting better value out of global value chains may be the greatest challenge of the emerging Asian Century, writes John West.
China and Global Value Chains
In their new book, “China and Global Value Chains”, Yutao Sun and Seamus Grimes provide a forensic analysis of China’s participation in Global Value Chains, writes John West.
Asia's social cohesion challenge
A major challenge in the emerging Asian century will be managing social cohesion, writes John West.
Questioning the Asian Century
Here is an extended version of John Fallon's excellent review of John West's new book, "Asian Century ... on a Knife-edge".
Electric cars can help drive a green future
The transformation to a greener future through electric vehicle adoption will require a steadfast policy commitment, but many countries are some way down the road, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write
Israel’s India Journey, and Netanyahu’s visit to India
Ambassador Anil Trigunayat analyses Netanyahu’s visit to India in the framework of Israel’s India Journey- 25 Years on and beyond.
Senior executive job vacancies at UNDP
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is currently hiring for three senior executive jobs at the Assistant Secretary General level. Details below:
China's soft power ascendancy
China is stepping into a soft power vacuum as the US retreats under Trump, Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.
What made Singapore tick: Soft options and hard rules
To go from Third World to the top of the world, Singapore went for 'soft' options - like changing mindsets—and hard rules, such as the Land Acquisition Act, write Cecilia Tortajada and Asit K. Biswas.
Freedom from to freedom to
Jayasri Priyalal argues that In this Asian century an intellectual study should be initiated to learn how the Asian civilisation evolved with the influence of various Asian philosophies.
New book on Asian Century
Don't miss my new book, "Asian Century ... on a Knife-edge", writes John West.
Asian Century on a Knife-edge
Here is a quick introduction to my new book, "Asian Century ... on a Knife-edge", from John West.
More FDI could boost Bhutan’s happiness
Bhutan's “gross national happiness” is improving. But if the country can diversify its economy, it could attract FDI that would improve its fortunes still further. John West reports.
The Growth Triad – India-Japan-Africa
Ambassador Anil Trigunayat reports on the Asian contest for Africa.
ASEAN @ 50
ASEAN is still going strong at 50, writes Ambassador Anil Trigunayat.
Dealing with the challenges of the digital economy
The Pacific Economic Cooperation Council has called for upskilling and changing regulatory mindsets to deal with the challenges of the digital economy.
Canada’s NAFTA blues
Talks to renegotiate NAFTA are running into serious challenges, reports John West.
China’s soft power struggles
China could increase its soft power impact, but openness, transparency, and tolerance of debate present significant hurdles, Asit K Biswas and Kris Hartley write.
India's urban challenges
India needs self-sustaining rural areas. This will slow migration to the cities, which are already over-populated, argue Asit K Biswas, Udisha Saklani and Cecilia Tortajada.
Toward a green, but robust, economy in China
China must take its environmental problems head-on, otherwise the economic, social and health costs will become prohibitive in the coming years, argue Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada.