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  • Why ratifying the human rights convention is an issue in Malaysia

    A convention to end racial discrimination is stoking anger in Malaysia. But fears that the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) could have adverse consequences, may be ill-founded.

  • How can countries reduce poverty faster?

    Can the world end poverty by 2030, the target set by the United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development?

  • Why freedom of assembly still matters

    It is now common knowledge that many democracies around the world are under pressure. But mounting threats to a particularly important democratic right have not received nearly enough attention.

  • India's Deadly Air

    A friend of mine, a diplomat returning home after less than three years' service in India, was asked at his exit medical examination how many packs a day he smoked.

  • The digital divide is impeding development

    It is easy to assume that access to the digital economy is ubiquitous, and that online shopping is the natural evolution of commerce. For example, in July, Amazon sold more than 100 million products to consumers worldwide during its annual Prime Day event, a USD 4.2 billion bonanza that included sales of table salt in India, Coke Zero in Singapore, and toothbrushes in China.

  • People vs money in America's midterm elections

    All eyes are on the United States as November's Congressional elections approach. The outcome will answer many alarming questions raised two years ago, when Donald Trump won the presidential election.

  • The US-Saudi relationship after Khashoggi

    The alleged killing of the Saudi Arabian dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a permanent resident of the United States, in the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul has unleashed a tidal wave of criticism.

  • India's dangerous Pakistan policy

    Judging by the unsavoury exchanges between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers at the recent United Nations General Assembly, the already deeply troubled bilateral relationship has reached a new low.

  • One hundred years of ineptitude

    The global financial and economic crisis that began in 2008 was the greatest economic stress-test since the Great Depression, and the greatest challenge to social and political systems since World War II.

  • Present at the destruction

    At The 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly this month, there was a widespread sense of foreboding among world leaders. The anxiety went beyond standard concerns about what US President Donald Trump would say, do, or tweet.