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China’s pragmatic approach to UN peacekeeping

Richard Gowan – Brookings China’s involvement in United Nations peacekeeping illustrates its commitment to the multilateral system, but its contributions to ‘blue helmet’ missions remain limited. In 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping impressed other leaders at the U.N. General Assembly with an offer of 8,000 troops to reinforce the organisation’s operations, however this offer has not materialised; as of June…

Yoshihide Suga – who is the man set to be Japan’s next prime minister?

Yoshihide Suga – who is the man set to be Japan’s next prime minister? Craig Mark, Kyoritsu Women’s University Yoshihide Suga is set to be Japan’s new prime minister after he was easily elected leader of Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) on Monday. Suga is due to be formally appointed prime minister by a vote…

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers?

Coronavirus: why aren’t death rates rising with case numbers? Danny Dorling, University of Oxford It is a conundrum. For much of the past two months, many people have been convinced that mortality associated with COVID-19 would rise as the number of people testing positive with the disease increased. But this has not happened so far.…

Make it better, not just safer: The opportunity to reinvent travel

1.4 billion people travelled internationally in 2019, but in view of COVID, a safer travel experience is now paramount to once again attract travellers and to rekindle the romance that travel used to inspire. Now is clearly a moment of crisis for the travel industry. Available seat miles on US airlines were down 71 percent…

COVID-19: Implications for business

No nation has escaped widespread disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, but some have fared better than others. This McKinsey & Company report examines the state of the recovery in some of the emerging Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries—Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam—that began the crisis at a disadvantage and have suffered disproportionate effects.…

Trump’s China ‘decoupling’ and coronavirus: why 2020 upheaval won’t kill globalisation

Niccolò Pisani, International Institute for Management Development (IMD) The sudden stop of the global economy in 2020 has brought to everyone’s attention the interconnectedness of supply chains across countries and continents. Add to this the mounting tensions between the US and China, with President Trump now pushing for a decoupling from the Chinese economy as…

Turkey’s Black Sea Natural Gas Find is No Economic Miracle

Stephen Blank – CG Policy Turkey’s announcement of a large natural gas find in the Black Sea, demonstrates it aspiration to become a major player in the energy sphere. But the discovery is insufficient for the country to become energy independent, and other constraints mean it is unlikely to stop its aggressive foreign policy moves.…

Trends and Contradictions in China’s Renewable Energy Policy

China is the world’s leader in wind and solar power but a wave of coal power plant approvals and fewer public mentions of urban air pollution and climate change have raised questions about the future of China’s renewable power sector. The following article by Columbia – SIPA examines China’s recent energy policy announcements and their…