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Stronger Ethics for Better Leadership Using Confucianism and Systems Theory

February 14, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Dr. Sunnie Giles The lack of high ethical standards in Korea as noted in its current presidential corruption scandal destabilises its political system, produces suboptimal organisational performance, and results in high economic and human costs. Part of this phenomenon can be traced to Confucian and collectivistic sources, where speaking against

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The Philippines “BRIC” Plan: From Regime Change Ploys to Accelerated Economic Development

January 30, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in Asia. Meanwhile, President Duterte is accelerating the country’s economic growth – dramatically.  

Trump’s Great Game: Playing Russia Against China

January 17, 2017 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Trump has pledged to reset the White House policies on “America First” basis. In Asia, it may mean an effort to balance with Russia against China and the reverse of US China approach in the 1970s.   After inauguration, Donald Trump

Philippines 2017 or the Year of Living Dangerously 

January 4, 2017 • Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (7)

By Dan Steinbock          As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not Cold War.

Business As Usual

December 12, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Asia - Pacific, ChinaComments (0)

From the Editors In January 2017 a new president will be sworn in who will continue with President Obama’s South East Asia pivot policy with the objective of confronting China. That a US and NATO war with China is inevitable is evidenced by the over 400 US

Abe’s Political Restoration Belies Economic and Geostrategic Challenges

December 5, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Craig Mark Despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s political success in Japanese politics, Japan’s economy remains to be stagnant. This article discusses the impact of Abe’s political comeback in restoring Japan’s economic growth and overcoming its

Burma/Myanmar – Towards Peace? Elections, Civil War, and Inter-Faith Conflicts

December 5, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, World Politics, Asia - PacificComments (0)

By Mikael Gravers In August 2015, the government of President U Thein Sein signed a nationwide ceasefire agreement with 8 ethnic armed organisations. However, serious problems remain and continue to be obstacles for genuine peace and democracy as well as for

Japan and the Monetary Policy Magical Mystery Tour

December 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, FINANCE & BANKING, Asia - Pacific, Governance & RegulationComments (0)

By Richard Westra With 1970s galloping inflation threatening to bring down the US economy and with it the US dollar based global trading order, Milton Friedman proved correct in his policy advice that rapidly curtailing the money supply and restricting credit

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

November 24, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Columns, Americas, Asia - Pacific, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock During the weekend, the Asian-Pacific nations embraced the dream of free trade. Today, President-elect Trump buried it.   Last weekend, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit made it clear that it would move forward with trade

Rodrigo Duterte’s pivot to Asia is a rational move

November 23, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, Asia - Pacific, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Chandran Nair The Pax Americana is outdated and it is time for regional powers to realign.   In the past 30 years, a succession of Southeast Asian leaders was supposed to represent a new direction for regional geopolitics. First there was Malaysia’s