A year to act

Let us hope that 2019 is the year when the historical tide turns. In 2018, divisions within and between countries continued to deepen.

5 January 2019

Nature versus infrastructure

In November 2017, scientists working in Sumatra, Indonesia, made an exciting announcement: they had discovered a new species of orangutan, bringing to seven the number of great ape species globally.

4 January 2019

A makeover for Chinese macroeconomic policy

China’s economic performance in 2018 was rather disappointing. According to official statistics, the country’s growth rate up to the end of the third quarter was 6.7 percent, the lowest since the global financial crisis.

3 January 2019

Who benefits from Trump’s trade war?

In 1950, the Canadian-born Princeton University economist Jacob Viner explained a customs union produces a “trade creation” effect, as lower tariffs and non-tariff barriers spur increased flows of goods among member countries.

2 January 2019

Women, work, and India’s rickshaw revolution

When resources are limited, it is human capital that defines the sustainable development of a community, especially in the case of costly misallocation and underutilisation, as is often the case in developing countries.

25 December 2018

China’s South China Sea grab

It has been just five years since China initiated its major land reclamation in the South China Sea, and the country has already shifted the territorial status quo in its favour – without facing any international pushback.

16 December 2018

Crazy rich ASEAN should take charge

A major achievement of the European Union (EU) has been the freedom that it has provided for its citizens to travel across borders and live and work together.

13 December 2018

Will the Yellow Vests reject the Brown Shirts?

From the moment the French government cancelled its planned fuel tax hike in the face of massive protests, it was obvious that the move would be perceived as inadequate, insignificant, and above all incapable of having any calming effect.

11 December 2018

Climate change on the menu

When we think about winning the fight against climate change, most people concentrate on reducing greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions from cars, trucks, and other machines powered by fossil fuels.

8 December 2018