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    Changing US security priorities could spell opportunity for Japan

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 21/11/2016

    » China's influence on Southeast Asian security will grow, with its diplomatic clout increasing if Donald Trump makes good on promises of less intervention abroad and a concentration on rebuilding the US economy rather than extending its security reach, say experts.

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    Doing business a mixed prospect across Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Brunei and Indonesia are among the most improved Asian economies for ease of doing business while Singapore has been replaced by New Zealand in first place overall, according to an influential World Bank report.

  • BUSINESS

    Headwinds ahead

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 29/04/2019

    » Amid unfavourable external economic conditions and political uncertainties at home, the outlook is dimming for Thailand and other Asian countries facing an export slowdown linked to weak trade and demand growth globally.

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    Courses in the cloud

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 19/11/2018

    » Finding teachers who are willing to work in the troubled southern border provinces of Thailand has never been easy. Persuading a qualified native English-speaking teacher to work in Pattani, Yala or Narathiwat is almost impossible.

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    Bloomberg seeks perfect fit between AI and human depth

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 10/09/2018

    » The ability of countries and companies to harness technology will be the foundation for the next stage of global economic growth. In line with this new reality, Bloomberg Terminal is banking on artificial intelligence (AI) and big data as its core earners of the future.

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    People from Nowhere

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/03/2019

    » A person can be born or made stateless, but either way the limitations such a status places on one's rights are severe. The issue has come into sharp focus with the case of Shamima Begum, a 19-year-old Islamic State supporter who was stripped of her British nationality for her decision to joined the self-declared caliphate in 2015.

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    Why Jerusalem matters in Asia

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 18/12/2017

    » Can turmoil in Jerusalem affect Asia? US President Donald Trump's decision to fulfill a campaign promise to recognise the disputed holy city as Israel's capital, despite opposition from his top officials, has already prompted protests in Muslim-majority countries in Asia. There is even talk in Malaysia about being ready to go to war.

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    Peninsula in peril

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 11/09/2017

    » The sense that the Korean War is still being fought doesn't really kick in until you take a ride to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean Peninsula in half. Barbed wire, fortified outposts and soldiers with guns are sure to get your attention in what former US president Bill Clinton once called "the scariest place on earth".

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    Learning to improve

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 07/08/2017

    » What we teach our children will affect the way our economy develops and even what we trade in the future. Education is how South Korea managed to rise from the ashes of the Korean War to become Asia's fourth largest economy and a high-tech industrialised nation.

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    Asian flashpoints in a proxy war

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 31/07/2017

    » Geopolitical conflict is intensifying in Asia. From the Korean peninsula and the South China Sea to the Doklam Plateau, territorial disputes have the potential to destabilise the region -- and all of them ultimately involve China and the United States.

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