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Nepal is walking a tightrope between India and China

India-China tensions are complicating a simmering political crisis inKathmandu. Amid a raging pandemic, a looming global economic crisis and devastating floods and landslides, Nepal has been in political and diplomatic turmoil over its disputed border with its much larger neighbour, India. This article first published in Al Jazeera explains how the dispute has deepened strains…

The future of Asia: Decoding the value and performance of corporate Asia

COVID-19 crisis is an unprecedented global challenge to public-health and  a major disruption to supply chains threatening long-standing business practices. But the dynamism, speed, and agility of companies in Asia have given the region resilience. Corporations in Asia have grown rapidly and risen to global prominence over the past decade. However, bigger has not always meant…

The unexpected trip: The future of mobility in India beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has presented India with an unprecedented economic, humanitarian, and healthcare challenge. The lockdown measures have helped contain the spread of the coronavirus but exacted an immense economic toll, with economists now predicting that the country’s gross domestic product will shrink between 1.5 percent and 5 percent during the 2021 fiscal year. On the business side,…

Decoupling governance and democracy: The challenge of authoritarian development in Southeast Asia

“A wealth of recent academic analyses and popular discussions about democratic backsliding across the world have identified Southeast Asia as a region that is particularly vulnerable to democratic decline. Taking stock of the comparative experiences of the 11 countries in the region, this essay argues that Southeast Asia is characterized by the decoupling of governance…

Digital strategy in a time of crisis

April 22 2020|By Simon Blackburn, Laura LaBerge, Clayton O’Toole, and Jeremy Schneider If the pace of the pre-coronavirus world was already fast, the luxury of time now seems to have disappeared completely. Businesses that once mapped digital strategy in one- to three-year phases must now scale their initiatives in a matter of days or weeks. In one European survey, about…

How Xi Jinping is Ruining China’s Dream of a Century of Dominance

Xi Jinping’s ascend to power in 2013 meant there was no doubt that this century would be China’s century – an economic heavyweight on a historically unparalleled upward trajectory. But all of this has changed now, and almost all of it can be traced back to Xi himself. Xi Jinping’s government holds a great deal…

How coronavirus sparked a wave of innovation in India

Entrepreneurs and innovators across India have responded quickly to the challenge posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Around the world, social distancing and contact tracing have been the buzzwords of the response to COVID-19. A particular problem as lockdowns begin to ease will be how to stop the virus spreading in public spaces such as airports or…

The Economic Consequences of Disrupted Global Supply Chains

For nearly three decades, global supply chains were the quiet engines of economic globalization. From 1990 to 2008, they drove the rapid expansion of trade, accounting for 60-70% of its growth. More than a decade later, however, they have stalled – and may in some areas be going into reverse. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a supply-shock…

As India and China clash, JFK’s ‘forgotten crisis’ is back

India and China’s deadly crash this week in the Himalayas is the worst crisis in their border quarrel since 1967. Pakistan is also a very interested player, watching the game play out just as it did in 1962 and hoping its rival India will be humiliated. The remote region where the clash is occurring is…