East Asia must now overcome its geo-political challenges


March 20, 2017 East Asia must now overcome its geo-political challenges by Jean-Pierre Lehmann http://www.eastasiaforum.org/2017/03/01/in-search-of-an-east-asian-geopolitical-miracle/ East Asia has amazed the world with its economic miracles. But the region must now overcome its geopolitical challenges.  In the wake of World War II, Japan was widely assumed to be ‘finished’, South Korea was a basket case of … Continue reading

The Padang Rengas Debate


March 20, 2017 COMMENT: I liken this Padang Rengas debate to  Gunfight at OK Coral. It is an encounter between old gunfighter looking for his last hurrah and a young, ambitious and astute gunslinger who knows that his adversary is no longer fast on the draw.  Advantage Nazri Aziz. The debate has been aptly described … Continue reading

Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China


March 19, 2017 Trump prepares to pass the world leadership baton to China by Fareed Zakaria https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-prepares-to-pass-the-world-leadership-baton-to-china/2017/03/16/c64ccee2-0a84-11e7-a15f-a58d4a988474_story.html?utm_term=.d4e26b95c9c6 We do not yet have the official agenda for next month’s meeting in Florida between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. But after 75 years of U.S. leadership on the world stage, the Mar-a-Lago summit might mark … Continue reading

National Consultation in the Philippines


March 19, 2o17 CASER: A Proposal for National Consultation in the Philippines Comment by Richard F.Dorall https://rfdorall.wordpress.com/2017/02/16/caser-a-proposal-for-national-consultation-in-the-philippines/ (Edition: February 15, 2017) OSLO, NORWAY. Peace panel representatives from the Philippine government and the Communist Party of the Philippines are in smiles during the third day of the talks held at Scandic Holmenkollen Park, Norway. (Photo from … Continue reading

Geo-Politics of Environment


March 19, 2017 The Geopolitics of Environment by Giulio Boccaletti https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/environment-economic-and-geopolitical-challenges-by-giulio-boccaletti-2017-03 Much of the world seems to be on edge. The West’s relationship with Russia, the future of NATO, the Syrian civil war and refugees, rising right-wing populism, the impact of automation, and the United Kingdom’s impending departure from the European Union: all of these … Continue reading