central asia

Central Asia Prepares for Taliban Takeover

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By Gavin Helf, Ph.D. and Barmak Pazhwak  As U.S. and NATO forces drew down their military presence in Afghanistan this Summer, the country’s northern neighbors witnessed Taliban fighters...
Philippines

Philippines: From Peaceful, Nuclear-Free ASEAN to Battle-Ready Indo-Pacific?

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By Dr. Dan Steinbock As the Duterte era is gradually ending, new arms races and nuclear proliferation cast a dark shadow over Southeast Asia. The...
SMEs in Bangladesh

Scaling-Up Access to Finance for SMEs in Bangladesh: Pathway to Inclusive Growth

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By Alexander Ayertey Odonkor In both developed and developing economies, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an essential role in driving economic growth and accelerating...
Fed tapering

As The Fed Preps For Tapering, Expect More Volatility In Asia

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By Dr. Dan Steinbock Economic recovery has proved elusive in Asia, thanks to the West’s pandemic mismanagement and vaccine inequality. The Fed’s impending tapering will...
Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic

Tokyo Olympics 2021: What Will Be the Lasting Impacts?

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By David J. Maurrasse The latest version of the Olympic Games are upon us, and once again, it is time to review the value of...
Tokyo Olympics and Soft Power

Tokyo 2020 – How Japan’s Bid for Soft Power Victory Has Been Roundly Defeated...

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By Simon Chadwick and Paul Widdop Even before it begins, holding the Olympic Games in Tokyo has felt like an energy-sapping endurance event. Originally scheduled...
Tokyo Olympics and Economy

Tokyo Olympics: No Spectators Is Bad for Business, But Hosting Could Still Bring Long-Term...

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By Mike Duignan Japanese Olympics minister Tamayo Marukawa has confirmed that, due to COVID, no spectators will be allowed to attend Tokyo 2020. This comes after initial announcements in...

Only the Best for the Best: COVID19 Countermeasures in Tokyo Olympics

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Much like the world race to ending COVID19, the games have begun for the long-awaited 2020 Tokyo Olympics – socially distanced, of course. The International...

FinTech Can Anchor Asia’s Post-COVID-19 Recovery With Appropriate Policies

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By Dr. Bambang Susantono The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of digital technology such as e-payments and digital banking, and online retail sales in Asia...
Asia's financial markets

Fintech-based growth for Asia’s financial markets

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Fintechs in Asia are riding the digital payments growth wave. With unprecedented innovation, the region has renewed its leadership in modern global banking. From...