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Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan’s human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

Is the future truly Asian?

This is a question that is at the heart of the tensions across the Pacific. To Parag Khanna, author of The Future Is Asian, the answer is almost self-evident. However, if you read his book carefully, you will find that he thinks global power will be shared between Asian and Western

New chapter emerging as East meets West again

And so we have come to the end of the End of History.

ASEAN's march into the digital economy

ASEAN was born literally out of the ashes of colonialism and the Vietnam War. It started as a security pact, but gradually evolved into an economic and financial community that is not yet a cultural common, mainly because of its celebrated diversity.

A question of fair play

Around this time last year, Malaysians were on an emotional roller coaster that ranged from excitement, nervous hope, disappointment to unexpected joy. But it was all good because they were rooting for the same thing: their athletes to win Olympic and Paralympic gold.

Make code of conduct negotiations count

In 1986, the then Philippine President Corazon Aquino met with China's paramount leader Deng Xiaoping to discuss the South China Sea issue.

October 29, 2019
October 29, 2019

Seeking happiness the Bhutanese way

People and organisation in many countries around the world claim to have adopted Bhutan’s human development vision of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

October 2, 2019
October 2, 2019

Is the future truly Asian?

This is a question that is at the heart of the tensions across the Pacific. To Parag Khanna, author of The Future Is Asian, the answer is almost self-evident. However, if you read his book carefully, you will find that he thinks global power will be shared between Asian and Western

July 29, 2019
July 29, 2019

New chapter emerging as East meets West again

And so we have come to the end of the End of History.

July 14, 2019
July 14, 2019

Fragile wings, cloudy skies

To the uninitiated observer, the recent announcement of India’s civil aviation regulator that domestic airlines had registered growth of 2.62 percent in the first five months of 2019 in comparison to 2018 may suggest cloudless skies.

July 12, 2019
July 12, 2019

Tea and wine, and the twain shall meet

During one of his visits to Europe, President Xi Jinping referred to tea and wine as beverages symbolising the difference and compatibilities between Chinese and European cultures. Indeed, a cross-civilisation perspective better reflects the new dimension of China-Europe relations in recent years.

July 10, 2019
July 10, 2019

Forging community ties, one friendly gesture at a time

Singapore is well known for its Third to First World economic transformation, its efficient, effective government, as well as for being a fine, clean and green city. The annual Shangri-La Dialogue, when defence chiefs from many countries gather on the island to thrash out the geopolitical issues

October 28, 2017
October 28, 2017

King Bhumibol sowed the seeds of a new economic doctrine

If one looks too close, one can miss the big, overall picture. Too far out and important details can go unnoticed.

October 24, 2017
October 24, 2017

Moderation, a wilting hallmark of Malaysia

Throughout the months of September and October, the uproar in Malaysian society in the run-up to the 14th general elections that could be called anytime now, has been energised by controversies such as one over a proposed beer...

October 17, 2017
October 17, 2017

Thinking about October 1989 in East Germany and North Korea

Eastern Germany in October is a time to celebrate and remember the 1989 democracy movement that brought an end to the repressive East German regime.

September 30, 2017
September 30, 2017

The world needs empowered women more than ever

"Women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world,” former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton once said. Her words ring particularly true in Asia, where stereotypes and cultural norms continue to prevent millions of women from fulfilling their real potential.