What should be on Duterte’s foreign policy agenda?

Filipino President-elect Rodrigo Duterte talking to Chinese envoy Zhang Jianhua during a meeting in Davao City, southern Philippines, 2 June 2016. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, De La Salle University

To the Philippines’ president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, the world is black and white, with hardly any shades of grey in between. His view informs his policy approach. His law and order platform, for example, promised change in a country riddled with poor infrastructure and public services Read more…

India needs to harness the market instead of fighting it

A Mising tribal woman weaves a traditional 'Mekhela-Chadar' garment on her loom ahead of Rongali Bihu celebrations in Sivasagar, Assam, India.

Author: Mark Fabian, ANU

Despite historical misadventures with socialism and recent positive experiences with liberalisation, India continues to regularly fight the market. The most recent example is the Delhi government’s move to ban Uber’s surge pricing, a regulation that can only result in a net social loss. Read more…

Can Japan’s opposition parties compete?

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe high-fives people in Nara on 10 June 2016 after making a speech for the 10 July House of Councillors election. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Corey Wallace, Free University of Berlin

On 10 July, Japan will hold its upper house elections with half of its seats to be contested. This will be the first time that 18 and 19 year-old citizens will be able to cast a vote in a national election. Read more…

Gender and sexuality in Asia today

Female office workers head to their workplace during morning rush hour in Tokyo on 19 April 2012. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Editors, East Asia Forum

The rapid economic change in Asia challenges the traditional division of labour between women working in the private, family domain and men in commerce and politics. Greater participation by women in politics, while uneven in different countries across the region, has reshaped agendas for social change. Read more…

Women and politics in East Asia

Elderly Filipino women help each other at a voting center in San Juan, east of Manila, Philippines on 10 May 2010. (Photo: AAP).

Author: Katharine H.S. Moon, Wellesley College

This is supposed to be the Asian century, with East Asian countries leading the way. The world admires many East Asian countries for their miraculous economic growth, democracy-building and cultural innovation. But can East Asia also provide a model for developing women’s rights and political power? Read more…

A year on, why has Nepal failed to recover?

Rubble and demolished buildings following the 2015 earthquake, Nepal. (Photo: AAP)

Author: Sujeev Shakya, Nepal Economic Forum

In May 2015, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 struck Nepal. Thousands were killed and injured, and close to a million people were rendered homeless. A year on from the earthquake Nepal is still struggling to rebuild. Why has the recovery process fallen short?

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The failure of India’s EOUs

Author: Pravakar Sahoo, IEG and Bruegel

The export-oriented unit (EOU) scheme was launched in India in 1980 to boost exports and increase production. Under the scheme, Indian companies that produce goods solely for export can register as ‘export-oriented units’. Read more…