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COVID-19 and US higher education enrollment: Preparing leaders for fall

The first year in university helps define the student experience and heavily influences the institution’s finances. Higher education leaders are concerned about what will happen in the Autumn. This survey insights article published by Mckinsey & Company may be able to help provide some answers. http://www.asiascot.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Mckinseys-COVID-19-and-US-higher-education-enrollment-Preparing-leaders-for-fall_F.pdf The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a massive toll on…

How Misconceptions Brought China-West Relations to the Breaking Point

This article was originally published in the Diplomat back in 2019 and was written by Frank Pieke, but its sentiments have interesting parallels with the current US/China situation; at the time Pieke predicted “A perilous cycle of misunderstanding means Beijing could react to world events in panic for the first time since 1989” Relations between…

In developing countries, communities and primary care providers—not hospitals—hold the key to successful pandemic response

In this article originally published by the Brookings Institute, its author Nachiket Mor explains how across the developing world, pandemic policy responses so far have tried to replicate the typical developed country strategy: social distancing coupled with national lockdowns, quarantining suspected cases in centralized locations, and increasing hospital capacity of hospitals by shoring up their…

The Belt and Road Initiative: Economic Development for All or a Geopolitical Power Play?

Irrespective of the economic outcomes, the Belt and Road Initiative has created a new core–periphery relationship in China’s favour. This article was originally published by the Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org.uk) and the author is Dr Andrew G Ross. He is a Lecturer in International Business at Edinburgh Napier University and a Fellow of the…

How technology is safeguarding health and livelihoods in Asia

This Mckinsey & Company article considers how deepening technological capabilities and innovations in Asia —most notably digital and mobile technologies—enabled early responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Six broad categories of measures to safeguard both health and livelihoods helped guide governments and businesses in the region. They could also help countries in and beyond Asia as…

Preventing violent extremism during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

This article from the Brookings Institute, by Eric Rosand, Khalid Koser, and Lilla Schumicky-Logan is part of their ‘Order from Chaos’ series. While the world’s attention appropriately focuses on the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, the threat of violent extremism remains, and has in some circumstances been exacerbated during the crisis. The moment demands…

Turning back the Poverty Clock: How will COVID-19 impact the world’s poorest people?

In this Brookings article by Homi Kharas and Kristofer Hamel originally published in the Brookings Future Development series, they explain their logic for extreme global poverty rising by about 50 million people in 2020 but cautioning that this estimate remains in the middle of a wider range estimated by a team of World Bank economists.…