What Asia needs to do to fix the world trading system now
Author: Peter Drysdale, Editor, East Asia Forum World trade is stagnating, with flat growth around 2 per cent last year. While the global economy isn’t in good shape, global output growth is at least now in positive territory. For decade after decade since the Second World War, trade growth surged well ahead of output growth [...]
Trade held hostage to IP — it’s anti-development
Author: Philippa Dee, ANU Now that the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership has been leaked, our worst fears are confirmed — IP in TPP is OTT. This would be bad enough on its own. What is less well recognised is that the trade liberalisation agenda is being held hostage to the IP agenda, [...]
China’s ADIZ risks conflict with Japan
Author: Aurelia George Mulgan, UNSW Canberra China’s newly declared air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over the East China Sea covers the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands and overlaps with Japan’s own ADIZ. Its announcement has both political and military implications, particularly for China’s relations with Japan. Politically, even though ADIZs do not carry any legal weight in [...]
Does Himalayan hydro have the power to bring water cooperation?
Author: Paula Hanasz, ANU Considering how often the fear of looming water wars is perpetuated in the media and blogosphere, you would be forgiven for not knowing that 2013 is the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. But cooperation is not merely the absence of conflict, and indeed conflict and cooperation coexist in every [...]
Afghans Apprehensive But Cautiously Optimistic as They Move into Critical Transition
By Mark Kryzer
Today in Kabul, The Asia Foundation released its annual Survey of the Afghan People
, the country's broadest and most comprehensive public opinion poll with 9,260 Afghans interviewed face-to-face across all 34 provinces of Afghanistan. This year's survey is particularly significant as it reflects the perceptions of the Afghan people as they enter the critical transition year of 2014 faced with national elections, the drawdown of the remaining international security forces in the country, the growing insurgency, and the impact these events will have on the nation's economy.
Where will Transition Take Women and Girls in Afghanistan?
By Palwasha Lena Kakar
Like most people I know in Afghanistan, I feel a palpable change that is taking place in our society. But until now, it was hard to really put a finger on what that change is. This year's 2013 Survey of the Afghan People
sheds light on how Afghan's perceptions are changing: 59 percent of respondents reported that they “fear for personal safety,” the highest ever...
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