Asia – Pacific
By Dan Steinbock The ASEAN faces old and new challenges, and a huge long-term opportunity. The next three decades could witness the shift of global economic momentum from the Trans-Atlantic axis to the Trans-Asian axis. Recently, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marked its 50th anniversary in Manila with President Duterte
By Dan Steinbock A huge upgrade of infrastructure is vital for Philippines economic future. That’s why it is contested by entrenched interests, including foreign powers. This is the first in a series of occasional commentaries about the Philippines
By Lester Gunnion The Singapore government has a vision of transitioning to higher-value-added industries, and thus boosting productivity, by focussing on skill development, innovation, and global integration. However, this process is likely to face both
By Walter C. Clemens, Jr. The ever-increasing tension between the United States and North Korea is a concern for the whole world. In this article, Walter Clemens elaborates on the past and hopefully future negotiations between the two nuclear-armed states.
By Vannarith Chheang The important role of ASEAN in regional security has already been realised by the world, particularly by the United States. Vannarith Chheang emphasises that more than regional security, the US must recognise ASEAN’s crucial role
By Alexander Chipman Koty The Philippines garnered substantial international attention in 2016, owing largely to President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversies. Lost in the Philippines’ political drama, however, was the country’s strong economic performance.
By Stephen Lendman As world peace hangs by a thread, Stephen Lendman tackles the realities behind nuclear political drama involving Washington, its allies, and North Korea. North Korea’s geopolitical policies and America’s are world’s apart.
By Dan Steinbock Until recently, globalisation was led by the West and benefitted only a few advanced economies. After China’s three decades of rapid growth, the Belt and Road
By Dan Steinbock In the first quarter, the Philippine peso depreciated against the US dollar. Internationally, this was attributed to President Duterte’s policies. In reality, it has a lot to do with the expected US rate hikes. But there is a reason why
By Victor Andres Manhit Although trade has played an important role in advancing economic growth, it has since lost its dynamism. Asian economies, however, have continued to liberalise its markets. Asia will now serve as the backbone of stability amidst the