January 18, 2018

Creating A Sustainable Future: 5 Essential Reads

Trump administration rollbacks dominated news about the environment in 2017 – but beyond Washington D.C., many researchers are developing innovative visions for a greener future. Read More »

Santa is Putting Christmas on the Blockchain and Saving Billions

Blockchain cuts out the middlemen—like banks and copious cookie-eating data elves—allows transactions to update instantaneously, and stops any tampering with earlier records. Read More »

Why did Chinese Investment in the Philippines Stagnate?

While inter-state relations do matter, the political relations between Beijing and Manila do not solely shape the rise or fall of Chinese foreign direct investment. Read More »

America’s Housing Crisis

People need places to live, but greedy developers are taking advantage of popular markets like New York and California by marketing only to the rich. It might seem like capitalism at its finest, but there is a price to pay, and that is the well-being of the middle and lower classes. Read More »

The Women Carpenters of Hunza Valley

A unique project in Pakistan’s Hunza Valley to renovate and maintain the Altit Fort in a sustainable manner, using locally grown timber, has led to the employment of women as carpenters as an essential part of the work. Read More »

The Oil Information Cartel Is (Finally) Broken

Since the age of oil began until a few months ago, most real time oil prices were jealously guarded by marketers, who used it to their advantage in the daily multi-billion dollar physical oil trade. But James Stafford has busted an oil industry information cartel that has existed for decades. Read More »

World’s Eyes on Asian Summits

The East Asian region faces a range of crucial political and security challenges. But zero-sum security relationships can be nested within positive-sum economic relationships in the region. Read More »

Economics Key to US Relevance in Southeast Asia

As China grows increasingly able to weaponize its financial clout for security purposes, failure on the part of the US to craft a comprehensive economic response undermines the autonomy of Southeast Asian countries and diminishes US influence. Read More »

Water Levels in Jhelum Lowest Ever Recorded

With no rains in October so far, and limited rainfall in September, more than half a million people in three districts of Kashmir have been affected. Read More »

Invigorating Economy

ECO must strengthen relations with regional blocs such as EU and ASEAN, gaining knowledge and know-how from their experiences. ECO summits must be held on either an annual basis or once every two years rather than five. Read More »