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Coronavirus measures give Bangladeshi workers for global clothing chains a stark choice: disease or starvation

Muhammad Azizul Islam, University of Aberdeen Over the past three decades, global inequality has reached a critical level. The world’s 26 richest people own as much as poorest 50%. Multinational fashion companies have secured billions of dollars by moving production locations abroad and using supply chains in developing countries including Bangladesh, China, India, and Myanmar,…

Innovation in a crisis: Why it is more critical than ever

This article was published by Mckinsey & Company. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly every aspect of life, from the personal (how people live and work) to the professional (how companies interact with their customers, how customers choose and purchase products and services, how supply chains deliver them). In Mckinsey’s recent survey of more than…

CHINA IN CENTRAL ASIA: IS CHINA WINNING THE “NEW GREAT GAME”?

China now touches virtually every region in the world. In the latest installment of the Brookings Institute Global China project, its experts examine the effects of Beijing’s increasing involvement in Central Asia. This paper takes issue with the U.S. narrative that Chinese activities in Central Asia are, on balance, damaging to the interests of those…

Foreign Policy and US-China Relations – Unknowable consequences of COVID-19

Within the space of a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed our lives and the world around us. Yet, one of the most important aspects is that we have moved into a world of far greater unknowability about the future. In the world of foreign policy, and especially in times of crisis, the best…

The Folly of Decoupling From China

It Isn’t Just Perilous—It’s Impossible This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs and was written by Henry Farrell and Abraham Newman On May 14, U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to break the United States’ economic relationship with China. “There are many things we could do,” he told Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “We could cut…

The Endangered Asian Century

America, China, and the Perils of Confrontation This article was originally published in Foreign Affairs by Lee Hsien Loong  “In recent years, people have been saying that the next century will be the century of Asia and the Pacific, as if that were sure to be the case. I disagree with this view.” The Chinese…

NO PLACE FOR OPTIMISM: Anticipating Myanmar’s First Report to the International Court of Justice

This article was originally published by the Center for Global Policy’sRohingya Legal Forum. The Forum is a coalition of leading international jurists and scholars who specialize in international law and aims to research innovative legal mechanisms in relation to the Rohingya crisis and develop appropriate policy recommendations. The foreword to this article was provided by…

Leadership in a crisis: Responding to the coronavirus outbreak and future challenges

For many executives, the coronavirus pandemic is a crisis unlike any other in recent times. Five leadership practices can help you respond effectively. This Mckinsey & Company article is the first in a series drawing together collective thinking and expertise on five behaviors to help leaders navigate the pandemic and recovery. The coronavirus pandemic has placed…