Philippine Economy in the Asian Century
John West argues that the Philippines now has great potential to become one of the success stories of the Asian Century, especially if it draws some lessons from its neighbours.
Political Islam in Indonesia
Political Islam is on the rise in Indonesia, writes John West.
Indonesia in the Asian Century
Indonesia has great potential, but it is burdened by an oligarchic democracy, and other political and social hurdles, which makes it very difficult to realize this potential writes John West.
Indonesia -- what the experts say
Here are some views of experts at the recent Australia-Indonesia Business Council conference.
Measles immunisation plummeting in Indonesia
Indonesian ‘vaccine fatwa’ sends measles immunization rates plummeting, reports John West.
Indonesia's diabetes challenge
Indonesia is increasingly afflicted with first-world problems like diabetes, long before it could ever become a first world country, writes John West.
Indonesia has one of Asia's most unequal societies, and it is costing the country dearly, writes John West.
Indonesia's stunting crisis
Indonesia needs to be more ambitious in tackling its stunting crisis, writes John West.
Indonesia is wasting its energy future
Indonesia is squandering its energy future writes John West.
Indonesians -- where do they live?
Indonesia's enormous population of 262 million people is mainly concentrated in Java, and today is increasingly clustered in cities and towns, writes John West.
Indonesia’s tourism -- hooked on Bali!
John West discusses Indonesia’s ambitious plans for international tourism.
Indonesia needs structural and taxation reforms
Indonesia is in desperate need of deep structural and taxation reforms for its continued economic development, writes John West.
In defense of Lee Kuan Yew's Singapore
Lee Kuan Yew’s book “From Third World to First” provides a credible defense of Lee’s strategy for Singapore. But its future could be more problematic than it seemed 50 years ago, writes John West.
Duterte’s populist pivot away from the United States may not last, argues John West.
Philippines and global value chains
Philippine economics journalist, Rene E. Ofreneo, offers some interesting analysis of the Philippines' challenges for participating in global value chains.
The Rise of Duterte -- a book review
Richard Javad Heydarian's recent book, "The Rise of Duterte: a popular revolt against elite democracy", provides excellent insights into Philippine's turbulent politics, writes John West.
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.
ASEAN @ 50
ASEAN is still going strong at 50, writes Ambassador Anil Trigunayat.
China fractures ASEAN
ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, represents Asia’s most successful effort at regional cooperation and integration But it is now being fractured by China, writes John West.
Debating the real cost of drinking water
Asit K. Biswas and Cecilia Tortajada argue that we need a real debate on the rights and responsibilities of consumers regarding water.
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