For all the focus on Asia’s high achievers, the laggards are many.
China led the education rankings, but an ageing population and gap with Southeast Asia might mark down the whole region, wrote John West.
Democratic Accommodations — a book review
The recent book, Democratic Accommodations, makes a critical contribution to our understanding of social cohesion, inclusive development and multiculturalism, writes John West.
Japan's womenomics imperative
Japan Is a Poor Performer on Gender Equality. Can the ‘Womenomics’ Initiative Help asks John West?
In search of Japan's roots
Japan's historical and cultural roots are very deep. We must try to understand them, to understand the country today.
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.
Cognitive Abilities for Humane Causes
Jayasri Priyalal laments that cognitive abilities are being abused by a disgruntled few to achieve political ambitions, resulting in death destruction misery and sufferings.
India and China: lessons on how not to tackle inequality
The poor continue to be drowned out by a global minority enjoying elite status, write Asit K. Biswas, and Kris Hartley.
Asia's social cohesion challenge
A major challenge in the emerging Asian century will be managing social cohesion, writes John West.
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.
Do the tango ... in Jordan!
There is no better place to do the tango than the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, writes John West.
Obesity in Asia
The bitter truth is that a sugar tax alone won’t stop Asia’s obesity epidemic, write Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Satire and Youth Political participation
Dareen Al-Khoury has shared with us a view from Jordan on satire and youth political participation.
The Sino–Vatican negotiations and the role of Taipei
Stefano Pelaggi writes for us on relations between Beijing and the Holy See, and the delicate balance with Taiwan.
China -- A scholarly superpower
China has the resources and determination to become the world’s academic leader argue Asit K. Biswas and Kris Hartley.
Asia's disappointing social progress
Social progress has been disappointingly weak in Asia, writes John West.
Misery in Hong Kong
Hong Kongers are miserable, and Beijing should be worried, writes John West.
Asia's dishonorable honor killings
The Oscar-winning short film, "A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness", will hopefully increase pressure to put a stop to "honor killings" in Pakistan, India and elsewhere, writes John West.
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