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How a Taliban victory in Afghanistan has changed the geopolitical map

Beyond the daily scenes of terrified Afghans striving to find a way through to the airport in Kabul as they seek a way out of the country, the significant longer-term issue that we need to be aware of is the changed geopolitical landscape of Central Asia. Roddy Gow – 9th September 2021 How will the…

The Taliban, not the West, won Afghanistan’s technological war

Christopher Ankerson, MIT Technology Review – 23 August 2021 “If wars are fought through innovation, the Taliban won”. After 20 years of conflict, this article on MIT Technology Review argues that the technological advances within the US military have not been as pronounced as others would argue and, in fact, the Taliban have won the…

Australia should bet on digital engagement with Southeast Asia

Huong Le Thu, 29 June 2021 – ASPI Strategist Late last year, Australia committed to $500 million in development aid for the Southeast Asia region, providing immediate assistance in infrastructure, public health and maritime resources. However, this article argues that Australia should invest in the region’s future, particularly in the digital and tech industry, in…

5 Women In Tech Championing Sustainable Change

Jocelyn Landes, Tatler Malaysia – 1 March 2021 This article in Tatler Malaysia highlights five women in the tech and sustainability field who are championing the role of women in the industry. From sustainable construction to lab-grown seafood, these women are all working towards a sustainable future. Read the full article here.

One lesson the U.S. can learn from China to improve its competitiveness in technology development

Joseph Kannarkat and Norman Augustine, Brookings – 19 January 2021 China’s success story since its economic reforms has been characterised by high levels of technological development and innovation, a prominent example being its world-class high-speed railway. This article in Brookings explains why the U.S., currently stagnating in its global competitiveness, should take lessons from China’s…

How Asia can boost growth through technological leapfrogging

McKinsey Global Institute discussion paper – 2 December 2020 The initial speedy and successful response to Covid-19 of many countries within Asia can be correlated with the region’s technological advancements and infrastructure development prior to the outbreak. The last decade of growth in these areas provided the foundation for successful pandemic relief: South Korea’s blending…

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…