Western Dominance Is a Historical Aberration

The TED website describes Kishore Mahbubani, a career diplomat from Singapore, as someone who “re-envisions global power dynamics through the lens of rising Asian economies.” This description is not just apt for Mahbubani but also for his new book, “Has the West Lost It?” The title may...

The New Age of Protest
Oct 04, 2019

The New Age of Protest

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?
Oct 01, 2019

What Can the Fourth Industrial Revolution Do for Sustainable Development?

How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires

How Indonesia Can Prevent Forest Fires

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

Radical-Right Radicalization, From the Domestic to the Global

Sep 24, 2019

Radical-right radicalization has quickly moved from being a fringe domestic phenomenon to a mainstream global movement. The radical right, albeit always internationally connected and aligned across individual states, has over the last decade moved to increasingly intertangled structures, not only...

The Great Firewall of China

The Great Firewall of China

Sep 23, 2019

Over time, empires and nation-states have erected walls to protect their people and limit their interaction with the “outside world.” Now, walls are not only built in stone, but also in the digital world. For instance, while the Chinese were long shielded by the Great Wall, today they are...

Could Hong Kong Help Reshape the Future of China?

Could Hong Kong Help Reshape the Future of China?

Sep 13, 2019

Something didn’t quite add up.This past weekend, protestors were rallying outside the American embassy in Hong Kong. They were waving American flags. They were singing "The Star-Spangled Banner." One 24-year-old protester wore a red "Make America Great Again" hat. Some signs at the...

How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

How Revolutionary Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Sep 12, 2019

Around 20 years into the new millennium, everything about our lives and surroundings is changing at an incredible pace. The ways we work, play, study, communicate, spend and earn are rapidly evolving to bear little resemblance to how we’ve lived through most of modern times, let alone history....

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

Intelligence Is Not Wisdom

Sep 05, 2019

At the end of August, two prestigious names in the technology and business world graced the stage of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. The Chinese television station that broadcast the debate between Jack Ma, (CEO of Alibaba) and hyperreal hero Elon Musk (CEO of Tesla,...

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Is China’s Belt and Road Initiative Strategic Genius, Arrogant Overreach or Something Else?

Sep 04, 2019

President Xi Jinping, the modern-day emperor of China, clearly has a deep sense of history. On September 8, 2013, he gave a speech at Nazarbayev University in Almaty at the invitation of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Xi quoted a Chinese saying — “ near neighbor is better...

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

What Are the Long-Term Costs of the China-US Trade War?

Aug 18, 2019

Dark times loom for the US economy in the aftermath of President Donald Trump’s latest threat on August 1 to levy 10% tariffs on some $300 billion of imports from China. In response, China allowed the yuan to weaken against the dollar and thereby cushion the impact for Chinese exporters. In...

Tech Versus Human Rights

Tech Versus Human Rights

Aug 15, 2019

Imagine that your government could identify you and track your movements digitally, solely based on your physical appearance and perceived ethnicity or race. This is not the stuff of dystopian science fiction, but is happening now due to the widespread use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools....

The World Without American Leadership

The World Without American Leadership

Aug 14, 2019

People around the world, including Americans, have argued that the world can get along without US leadership. Today, they may want to scan the global landscape. While acute crises and violent conflict may not seem imminent at the moment, the view isn’t a hopeful one. For Americans, naively...

Meet the Guru Hunter

Meet the Guru Hunter

Aug 11, 2019

On our first meeting, via video link, Be Scofield was somewhere on the East Coast of the United States. She wouldn’t say where exactly, but it was rural and peaceful. Her wood cabin, where she lay on a bed munching blue corn chips from a bag, was dimly lit. The scarf that’s always wrapped...

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