In The News

Noelle Mateer and Charlotte Yang November 18, 2018
Societies admire their greatest innovators who emerge after a series of failures. The Chinese revere Jack Ma, the founder of the e-commerce site Alibaba, for both his charisma and billionaire status. Despite early failures – including many school exams, an application as Kentucky Fried Chicken manager and inability early on to secure venture capital – he did not give up. “The fandom surrounding...
Rafi Letzter November 14, 2018
The Center for Strategic and International Studies released a report with commercial satellite images showing that North Korea continues to develop its nuclear missile program. The country could have as many as 20 active bases. The presidents of South Korea and the United States have been negotiating with North Korea for an end to the nation’s nuclear program. “This seems to contradict President...
Yead Mirza November 12, 2018
Global observers regard Russia as influential for Europe and the Middle East, but less so for the Asia Pacific Asia region. Think tanks, media and online discussion platforms often overlook Russia, but the world’s 12th largest ecoomy and second largest military is adding to its Asia Pacific geopolitical presence.. “Russia has been selling weapons and other advanced military technology to the Asia...
November 11, 2018
As their popular support wanes, leaders with authoritarian styles hurry to stifle criticism. Rodrigo Duterte was elected president of the Philippines in 2016, and his war on corruption has since expanded into attacks against critics. The Department of Justice has indicted Rappler Holdings Corporation for tax evasion. Rappler, which publishes articles critical of the Duterte regime, denies the...
Kenneth Rogoff November 9, 2018
Economic recession, spurred by protectionist policies, is inevitable for China. Kenneth Rogoff, writing for Project Syndicate, rejects economic analysis suggesting that much of China’s problems could be regionally contained and argues that the China’s problems would quickly spread to international capital markets with so many foreign firms earning profits in Chinese markets. Asia’s high saving...
Sanjay Pulipaka November 8, 2018
Japan and India, under prime ministers Narendra Modi and Shinzo Abe, continue to improve relations as a bulwark against more powerful China and develop balance of power in the Indo-Pacific region. “Both premiers have invested heavily in the bilateral relationship and made sustained efforts to push their respective bureaucracies to catch up with their vision,” explains Sanjay Pulipaka for the...
November 7, 2018
Japan has an aging population due to low fertility rates and strict immigration laws. The nation’s median age is 46.9, second only to Monaco. Officials are overhauling regulations as Japan prepares to welcome 40,000 more foreign workers in April 2019 and hopes to curb abuses of the health “insurance system, which caps an insured person’s monthly payment of medical bills depending on age and...