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Malaysia’s looming general election: what it means for the economy

The upcoming elections will, arguably, be the most fiercely contested in the history of Malaysia since independence in 1957. Najib Razak, Malaysia’s Prime Minister (PM) has set the date of

Asia Pacific Economics

If Abenomics is to succeed

The Bank of Japan’s quantitative easing program cannot by itself guarantee success of Abenomics. So, what additional developments should we look out for? It is obvious to anyone who pays

Asia Pacific Security

More Carrot? A Response to Robert S. Ross

This post responds to Robert S. Ross’s November/ December 2012 Foreign Affairs piece, The Problem with the Pivot. According to Ross, “The Obama administration has responded to Chinese assertiveness by reinforcing

Asia Pacific Politics

One Chinese size fits all? Response to Allison and Blackwill

On January 28th the Financial Times published a piece by Harvard’s Graham Allison and CFR’s Robert Blackwill entitled Beijing still prefers diplomacy over force. This piece makes claims about China’s

Asia Pacific Economics

Reasons a currency war could still be on the horizon

In February, G20 finance ministers and central bankers announced they would avoid currency devaluations and similar beggar-thy-neighbor policies.  On the surface this might lead one to think that governments would

Asia Pacific Economics

South Korea’s economy: Why the North won’t sink it

The South Korean economy has been sputtering of late.  Economic growth slowed to 2% in 2012, falling from a more robust 3.7% in the previous year.  Important sectors such as