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Social media and democracy in the Philippines

The digitalisation of almost every aspect of civic life has brought forth a new constitutional moment. The hyper-connectivity of peoples in the digital space has… Read More

China’s image problem is worsening globally. It’s time for Beijing to consider a diplomatic reset

As the increasingly virulent anti-China rhetoric has made clear in recent months, China has not been very popular in countries like the US and Australia… Read More

Thought Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis was a pre-election shocker? Wait until he plays the Taiwan card

The world was shocked, if not entirely surprised, by US President Donald Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis earlier this month. But there could be more “October surprises”… Read More

Foreign Minister Payne flies out for Quad diplomacy

What a relief it must have been for Australia’s Foreign Minister, Marise Payne to step on a plane earlier this week. Having been grounded for… Read More

Why Asian nations should no longer play the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking game

The Doing Business Report (henceforth DBR) is a celebrated flagship publication of the World Bank. DBR grew out of a ‘project’ in 2002.  As the… Read More

COVID-19 and Asia’s resilience: A workhorse of the global economy

Rapid and focused recovery from recurrent economic crises have proven the resilience of East Asian economies. Historically, the trade-oriented growth strategies adopted by Asian economies… Read More

Keeping SMEs afloat during COVID-19: How are the PICs responding?

As a vulnerable group, SMEs are particularly at risk of failure from the prolonged consequences of COVID-19. Dr Lan Nguyen looks at Pacific Island Countries. Read More

India in the wake of a pandemic-driven recession: Massive loss, modest response?

India’s national statistical agency announced on August 31 that quarterly (April to June, 2020) GDP declined by a massive 23.9 percent. This was the largest recorded… Read More

Asia Pacific Women | Thought Leadership Series

The Asia Pacific Women thought leadership series brings focus to the status of women in the Asia-Pacific region through expert commentary on the five priority thematic areas relevant to women’s social inclusion and economic engagement in several aspects of life. Read More

Adapting remittances to the new normal—the case of Fiji

Remittance flow is falling victim to COVID-19. Eserani Munivai suggests expanding connectivity may enhance financial and digital literacy to reduce costs and deepen access across previously excluded segments in Pacific societies. Read More

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