Socialist Switcheroo: North Korea Looks to the Vietnam Economic Model

The Interpreter

Will Kim make good on his promise to favor a more open economic model?


The Bitter Truth: Why Asia's Tigers Suffer while the Nordics Thrive (Part 5)

Roy Ngerng

Taiwan has outgrown its current economic strategy and needs to move up the value chain to become more like the Nordic countries and the Netherlands.

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Japan's Invisible Children

David Chapman

The combination of historical notions of family and an unwavering adherence to myths of the purity of Japanese bloodline paralyse Japanese society


Thailand Now 'Made in China?' Bangkok Gets Closer to Beijing

Patrick Jory

A cartoon recently appeared in a leading Thai newspaper depicting an engorged Thailand’s Defence Minister getting a tattoo on his stomach saying ‘Made in China.'


China Hits Speed Wobbles Driving the Silk Road through Sri Lanka

Dániel Balázs

'Beijing has already burnt itself in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos, where the public is becoming hostile to Chinese projects. Like a chain, the Belt and Road is as strong as its weakest link and public perceptions toward China can become an existential issue for Beijing’s ambitious initiative.'


Why Everyone is Worried about Cambodia, Again

Edward White

‘There is a widespread discontent with the government…It may be just a matter of time until the pressure cooker bursts.’


Saudi Arabia the Next Stop on China’s Maritime Silk Road

Micha’el Tanchum

China and Saudi Arabia's increasingly close relations signals a consequential shift in the Middle East - Asia security architecture.


Book Review: Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent by Brooke Harrington

Sin Yee Koh

In 'Capital Without Borders: Wealth Managers and the One Percent,' Brooke Harrington offers an in-depth look into the work of wealth management professionals who ensure that the ‘one percent’ keep getting richer. Drawing on interviews and Harrington’s own experiences of a wealth management training program, Sin Yee Koh finds this a well-researched and clearly written ethnographic study that focuses attention on a key industry behind the continuation of global inequality.


Why Everyone is Talking about Universal Basic Incomes

Stephen Grenville

While Bill Gates’ suggestion of taxing robots to put human workers on a more even competitive footing with the robots deserves serious consideration, the time when governments will pay everyone a living wage seems a long way off.

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