In today’s hyper-connected world, analysis has become a mere commodity. Retrieving it – let alone information – is like drinking from a fire hydrant. For example, Googling “global economic growth" yields 61 million results; “Eurozone deflation”, 1 million; “tensions in south-east Asia”, 2 million, and so on... It should therefore come as no surprise that we get easily lost in this myriad of information and analysis.
In the face of analysis overload, it becomes invaluable to sift, select and frame the issues and opinions that matter. This is why The Monthly Barometer came up with a Weekly Selection of op-eds and articles. Each week, we select just five of them (out of hundreds that are sent to us by our network) that we frame in two or three sentences. These five pieces convey in a succinct and accessible manner the thinking of people whose opinions matter the most in a variety of macro fields: economics, geopolitics, society, environment, technology and psychology. They constitute a “formidable” shortcut to complex analysis by offering insights and snapshots that can be read in just a few minutes and are easy to digest. For those keen to make sense of today’s world, The Weekly Selections are a must-read. They constitute the best antidote to information and analysis overload.
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Jean-Pierre Lehmann, "Learn from history to scatter Asia's gathering clouds of war"
The Straits Times - 11 Oct 2016
The emeritus professor of international political economy claims that (1) several signs point to the world being in a pre-war era, and that (2) the greatest peril emanates from Asia. At a meta-level, we are witnessing the decline of some empires (notably the US), the collapse of others (the Arab world), and the rise of China, which Jean-Pierre describes as a fragile global power. This short and punchy piece (reads in about 5-6 min) does not argue that history is about to repeat itself, but warns about the turmoil intensifying in Asia.
Published in Weekly selection 14 October 2016
Jean-Pierre Lehmann, "The South China Sea & China's Peaceful Rise: The Perils Of A Lawless World"
Forbes - 19 Jul 2016
At a time when so many admonish the Chinese to respect international rules in the South and East China Sea, Jean-Pierre Lehmann offers a salutary reminder: there has never been a peaceful rise and no global power on the way up has ever protected human rights or renounced violence (all this comes later). The West and Japan, always keen to offer lessons to China, did not set out rules to abide by and liberal values to espouse, and then become prosperous and powerful. The opposite happened: they plundered, pillaged and exploited the planet, and then having gained global supremacy, set the rules and espoused the values (reads in 5-8 min).
Published in Weekly selection 22 July 2016
Chandran Nair, "Asia Needs a New Foreign Policy Doctrine in the Age of Trump"
The Huffington Post - 11 May 2016
The Founder and CEO of The Global Institute for Tomorrow argues that, irrespective of who becomes US President, the West’s failed strategies of intervention (led by the US), must compel Asia to propose its own approach to resolving international crises and reducing global instability. He then delineates the contours of what an “Asian Doctrine” might look like. (reads in about 10-13 min)
Published in Weekly selection 13 May 2016
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