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A Very British Tilt

Towards a new UK strategy in the Indo-Pacific Region An interim report by Policy Exchange’s Indo-Pacific Commission Chaired by Rt Hon Stephen J HarperForeword by Hon Shinzō Abe Policy Exchange has convened a distinguished international Indo-Pacific Commission of current and former political leaders, military leaders, and thought leaders to help frame the scope of what…

The Importance of Understanding Asia

Doug Cook OBE, Institute Director, Asia Scotland Institute – The Scotsman Commentators have long talked about the “Asian century” based on the belief that, demographic and economic trends would result in a shift in the centre of gravity of the global economy to Asia in the 21st century. The reality is that the Asian century…

An executive’s guide to AI

McKinsey & Company McKinsey & Company have updated their foundational series on artificial intelligence (AI). Although targeted at executives, this McKinsey Analytics article explains what everyone should know about the essentials of AI that are important for staying ahead in the accelerating artificial-intelligence race. This requires executives to make nimble, informed decisions about where and…

Scaling sustainable aviation fuel today for clean skies tomorrow

An insight report with McKinsey & Company and the World Economic Forum A transition to carbon-neutral flying is possible and sustainable aviation fuels are the most promising decarbonization pathway in the near term. Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time and requires collective action to solve, embodied in a shared…

The future of payments is frictionless—now more than ever

A McKinsey & Company conversation with Amrita Ahuja, CFO of Square Cash is king when it comes to maintaining corporate liquidity. It is in a somewhat less prestigious position when it comes to fulfilling consumer-to-business transactions. The onset of the COVID-19 crisis and ongoing fears of infection have prompted consumers and businesses to rely more…

RCEP: A new trade agreement that will shape global economics and politics

This article was originally published on Brookings by Peter A. Petri and Michael Plummer. On November 15, 2020, 15 countries — members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and five regional partners — signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), arguably the largest free trade agreement in history. RCEP and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement…

Myanmar & China’s Strategic Interests in the Indian Ocean Basin

This article by Azeem Ibrahim was first published in the Center for Global Policy Myanmar is holding a general election Nov. 8 – the third since 2010, when the military allowed for a very limited amount of space for electoral politics in the country. State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) looks set…

Should COVID-19 vaccines be mandatory? Two experts discuss

Alberto Giubilini, University of Oxford and Vageesh Jain, UCL – The Conversation To be properly protective, COVID-19 vaccines need to be given to most people worldwide. Only through widespread vaccination will we reach herd immunity – where enough people are immune to stop the disease from spreading freely. To achieve this, some have suggested vaccines…