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Should developing countries fear the impact of automation on jobs?


Author: Sher Singh Verick, ANU and ILO Fears of technology-induced unemployment have penetrated media headlines and policy discourse in both advanced and developing countries. In 2017, economists Carl Frey and Michael Osborne concluded that 47 per cent of jobs in the United States were at high risk of automation. A range of replications and extensions […]

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World’s eyes on Asian summits


Author: Editorial Board, East Asia Forum East Asia is in the middle of hosting leaders from some of the largest and most powerful countries in the world. Between the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Da Nang, Vietnam, and the East Asia Summit (EAS) meeting in Angeles in the Philippines, leaders from 10 […]

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Improving equity and efficiency in Japanese higher education


Authors: Shiro Armstrong and Bruce Chapman, ANU The Japanese government is considering major reform to the higher education tuition system by moving to an income-contingent loan scheme similar to systems in Australia, England, Hungary, the Netherlands and some other countries. The system is based on a simple but powerful concept: with an income-contingent loan scheme, […]

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Principles versus policies in cross-Strait relations


Author: James Lee, Princeton University Recent events have not augured well for the stability of cross-Strait relations. Since the election of President Tsai Ing-wen of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2016, the two sides have struggled to find common ground that reconciles Beijing’s determination to prevent Taiwanese independence with Taipei’s determination not to recognise […]

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Mongolia lurches between opportunity and crisis


Authors: Julian Dierkes and Mendee Jargalsaikhan, UBC In the last 20 months, Mongolia has seen a parliamentary and presidential election, three changes in governments and several associated bureaucratic personnel rotations, all in the context of a sovereign debt crisis. This political turnover has led to serious neglect of the real challenges facing Mongolia. On October […]

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APEC’s moment of truth in Da Nang

Author: Peter Drysdale, ANU APEC is a regional organisation defined by its commitment to open regionalism and multilateral arrangements. The overarching priority for Asia today is to give voice to leadership that can provide a foundation for underwriting the global regime on which it so utterly relies. On that foundation alone, can Asia successfully engage […]

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Portents of transactional diplomacy in US–Southeast Asia relations

Author: Alan Chong, RSIS In the wake of three Southeast Asian prime ministers’ visits to the Trump White House, a new pattern of diplomatic communication appears to be taking shape — transactional diplomacy. It is well known that the election of Donald Trump triggered a wave of privately expressed unease in many Asian capitals. Trump’s […]

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ASEAN looks to the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Authors: Jayant Menon and Anna Fink, ADB When the leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) gather for the 31st ASEAN Summit in the Philippines in November 2017, they will also celebrate ‘ASEAN at 50’ — a testimony to ASEAN’s endurance and durability as the longest-running regional grouping of developing countries in […]

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Squeezing North Korea will not result in revolution


Author: Andrew David Jackson, Monash University Given the alternatives, economic sanctions seem like the most risk-free method of dealing with North Korea. But are they really the only viable option? North Korea is one of most heavily sanctioned nations on earth. But its economy appears to still be holding up and Kim Jong-un has shown […]

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