Views Digest

March, 2016

  • 30 March

    What Does the Science Really Say About Sea-level Rise?

    Could sea levels really rise by several meters this century. Probably not, although this century's greenhouse emissions could potentially set the stage for large rises in centuries to come.

  • 16 March

    Why Putin Has Pulled Russia out of Syria

    The Russian president is proving he has learned what America didn't: to quit while ahead.

  • 15 March

    The Disappearing Morel Mushrooms of Pakistan

    Climate change and deforestation are wreaking havoc on the production of a rare mushroom species, impacting local communities and national exports.

  • 14 March

    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.

  • 9 March

    The Kaesong’s Woes on the Korean Peninsula

    The closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex has virtually revived the Cold War between the two Koreas. Tensions are likely to escalate on the Korean Peninsula in the days ahead.

  • 8 March

    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.

February, 2016

  • 26 February

    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.

  • 25 February

    Private Dam Builders Back Out of Brahmaputra Dams

    Arunachal Pradesh’s ‘dam rush’ seems to be over with most private players yet to start on the projects and asking the public sector to take over.

  • 22 February

    Afghanistan: New Negotiator

    Being a pragmatic politician, the new head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council Pir Syed Ahmad Gilani is fully conscious of popular aspirations for stability in the country. Under no circumstance can he afford to allow a recurrence of tactical failures that often lead to strategic defeat.

  • 21 February

    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.