The Grenfell Inferno

    By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim Jun. 22, 2017
    In the predawn hours of June 14, 2017, a refrigerator caught fire in an apartment at Grenfell Tower in London. Within the hour, the fire had spread out of that apartment, ignited the block’s flammable external cladding, and spread at a speed which shocked fire safety experts.

    The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

    By Henry Hing Lee Chan on Jun. 22, 2017

    New Moon Rising: South Korea’s President Reaching Out to Major Powers

    By Tai Wei Lim on Jun. 21, 2017

    GCC Rift Eases India’s Arab Muslim Headaches, At Least For Now

    By Aditi Bhaduri on Jun. 21, 2017
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The Grenfell Inferno
Society

The Grenfell Inferno

In the predawn hours of June 14, 2017, a refrigerator caught fire in an apartment at Grenfell Tower in London. Within the hour, the fire had spread out of that apartment, ignited the block’s flammable external cladding, and spread at a speed which shocked fire safety experts.
By Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim   |  Jun.22, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?
Politics

The UK 2017 Election: A Call for Exit from Brexit?

The unexpected election result that saw the Conservative Party losing its parliamentary majority plunged the UK into political instability and raised the spectre of an exit from Brexit — an almost unthinkable black swan event.  
By Henry Hing Lee Chan  |  Jun.22, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism
Politics,Security,Hotspots

Rise of Low-End Urban Terrorism

The recent London Bridge attack underscores two major trends: IS terrorists are targeting civilians in the main Western cities and they are using low-tech methods like vehicle ramming and stabbing.
By Abdul Basit   |  Jun.20, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?
Politics,East Asia

China and Panama Establish Formal Ties: Are Cross-Strait Relations Further Deteriorating?

On June 13, 2017, China and Panama jointly announced they had established formal diplomatic relations, and Panama declared it was breaking ties with Taiwan. The reaction in Taiwan reflected more hurt and anger than usual over the exit of a friend and “ally.”
By John F. Copper  |  Jun.20, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement
Environment

Trump’s “Climate Exit” and the Future of the Paris Agreement

On June 1, 2017, US President Donald Trump decided to leave the Paris Agreement. His “climate exit” will not reverse the overall trend of moving towards a greener and less fossil-fuel dependent global economy and the more effective global governance of climate change.
By Fengshi Wu   |  Jun.19, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
The New Economy and its Implications
Economy

The New Economy and its Implications

Out of the top ten biggest companies by market capitalization at the end of May 2017, seven belong to the new economy. Except for the third-ranking Microsoft, none of the other six was a household name twenty years ago.
By Henry Hing Lee Chan  |  Jun.16, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
It’s a Man’s World: Why Female Political Leaders Are Having a Hard Time
Politics,Society

It’s a Man’s World: Why Female Political Leaders Are Having a Hard Time

A cursory look around the world today will reveal that there are many examples of female political leaders; however, many of them have also suffered setbacks in their political journeys.
By Yongnian Zheng   |  Jun.16, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...
Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion
Politics,East Asia

Hong Kong, 20 Years After the Reunion

July 1, 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty. The biggest bump in the journey led to the Umbrella Movement and inspired the emergence of fringe elements fighting for the unrealistic goal of Hong Kong independence.  
By Michael S. H. Heng   |  Jun.15, 2017  |  1 comments Read more...
China’s Role in the Asia-Pacific Region
Economy,China

China’s Role in the Asia-Pacific Region

Within the Asia-Pacific, there are opportunities for China’s role to grow, for example, by contributing to the region’s connectivity through the Belt and Road Initiative and the multilateral Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.  
By Tai Wei Lim   |  Jun.14, 2017  |  1 comments Read more...
A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?
Environment,Hotspots

A Spratlys Environmentally Protected Area?

Lost amid the recent cacophony of nationalist rhetoric regarding the disputes in the South China Sea have been calls for the claimants to agree to set aside part of the area for environmental preservation. This suggestion is both idealistic and unrealistic.
By Mark J. Valencia  |  Jun.14, 2017  |  0 comments Read more...

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The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

The Shangri-La Dialogue 2016 and the South China Sea

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

Regulatory Reforms in the Chinese Healthcare Sector

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

China’s Latest Housing Boom: A Resurrection of the Old Development Model?

China’s New Push to Reform the State Sector: How Far Can It Go?

China’s New Push to Reform the State Sector: How Far Can It Go?

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

Taiwan’s South China Sea Claim: Entwined with Cross-Strait Relations

“A New Type of International Relations”: Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visits to the UK, Vietnam, and Singapore

“A New Type of International Relations”: Xi Jinping's 2015 State Visits to the UK, Vietnam, and Singapore

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

Vietnam’s New Leadership and Its Prospects for Relations with China

The Mystery of the Yen Surge

The Mystery of the Yen Surge

Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan

Tsai’s Inaugural Address: Bumpy Road Ahead for Taiwan

Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy

Center-State Ties in India and Their Impact on Foreign Policy

Al-Shabab and the Garissa Massacre:  Implications For China in East Africa

Al-Shabab and the Garissa Massacre: Implications For China in East Africa

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests: Will it Unite or Divide Beijing and Washington?

North Korea’s Nuclear and Missile Tests: Will it Unite or Divide Beijing and Washington?

North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective

North Korea’s Nuclear Test and ROK-China Relations: A South Korean Perspective

2016: A Tough Year for China’s Economy

2016: A Tough Year for China’s Economy

What Needs to Be Done to Avert a RMB Crisis

What Needs to Be Done to Avert a RMB Crisis

The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror

The Brussels and Lahore Bombings of March 2016 and Their Implications for China’s War on Terror

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