December 10, 2017

Is the American Dream Dead?

The Conversation Editor’s note: This article kicks off our collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH that premieres Tuesday, April 5 on PBS and online at pbs.org. The show will feature fact-based debate on major issues of the day, without the shouting.   The American Dream that has existed in this country for over 50 years is on ... Read More »

Can Asia Break Free of Great-power Dynamics?

US policymakers underestimate China’s power and resolve and assume that China would not risk the economic costs or military risks of a confrontation with the United States, despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Read More »

Realizing the Potential of India–Pakistan Trade

The complete liberalization of trade between India and Pakistan will be a long and arduous process, but granting NDMA status to India would be a good start. Read More »

Breaking Sri Lanka’s Economic Gridlock

The sharp drop in oil prices is helping to turn around Sri Lanka’s external current account, but remittance earnings are being hit hard, while export earnings remain in negative territory. The impact of global developments is only one side of the story. More compelling is the government’s capitulation to reform inertia. Read More »

Are China and the EU on a Collision Course?

The future of the EU–China trade relationship will be substantially impacted by a debate over whether China should be granted ‘market economy status’ (MES) this year. Read More »

Electric Car War Sends Lithium Prices Sky High

Demand for lithium will continue to rise throughout the year--and beyond--spurred by the rise of battery mega/gigafactories and a burgeoning energy storage business that will change the way we live. Read More »

Bangladesh Starts Contract Farming in Africa

Bangladesh is turning to Africa to grow food to feed its population. Bangladeshi companies have acquired more than 80,000 hackers land for ‘contract farming’ in Uganda, Zambia, and Tanzania in recent months. Read More »

IMF Reform Agenda Good News for Asia

The global financial safety net needs reform. It is too small, too fragmented and too unresponsive. Reforming the safety net would benefit the Asian region provided the IMF takes a holistic approach that addresses the root causes of this fragmentation. Read More »

US Reaching Out to ASEAN Nations

ASEAN needs to balance the United States and China. The United States has come late in acknowledging the geo-strategic significance of the organization. Southeast Asian leaders have already had 18 summits with China and 17 with Japan. Read More »

Europe’s Other Russia ‘Problem’

Russia’s economy continues to die a slow death, and is forecasted to contract even further this year. Europe must shine a spotlight on Russian business practices that threaten to have a global impact. Read More »