John West

John West is executive director of the Asian Century Institute [Japan] and author of "Asian Century… on a Knife-Edge: A 360 Degree Analysis of Asia’s Recent Economic Development."

Advantage Asia: Social Cohesion as King in the COVID 19 Era

Social cohesion will be critical in this new world of the COVID 19 crisis. Asia’s case proves that social cohesion is Janus-faced, working in two opposite directions.

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India Has a Modi and a BJP Problem

Modi’s initiative is undermining the very idea of India as a secular and multicultural liberal society.

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Seven Challenges for an Asian Century

To reach its full potential, Asia will need to overcome seven key challenges in the 21st century.

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China’s North Korea Game

What explains Chinese collusion with, and protection of, North Korea? Isn’t China fearful of having a rogue nuclear state on its border?

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After TPP: RCEP as China’s Magic Bullet?

China will not lead free trade in Asia, contrary to many forecasts.

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Japan and Trump Trade Policy

How will the Trump Administration shift economic and security ties with Japan?

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China and Taiwan — Apocalypse Now?

Will the arrival of a new President in Taiwan bring even more “interesting times” in relations with mainland China?

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Japan’s Immigration Imperative

Can opening up to immigration provide Japan a potential source of economic revitalization?

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China’s Japan-bashing

Is there any hope that China and Japan could bury the hatchet and have friendly relations?

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Indonesia at a Critical Juncture

Great political and social hurdles stand in the way of Indonesia’s development.

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