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.

As a new service, The Monthly Barometer is now offering to its subscribers, and a potentially much larger group, a curation of all The Weekly Selections. On any given macro issue, it will be possible to access the best thinking at the tap of key.  This service should therefore be of particular interest to researchers and students enabling them as it does to grasp with ease “who said what and when”.

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  • ECONOMICS, Asia, GEOPOLITICS, Asia

    Chandran Nair, "After 50 years of progress, it's time for ASEAN's next economic revolution"

    World Economic Forum - 10 May 2017

    Emmanuel Macron’s victory in France will reignite interest in regional integration. In the Western world, we think of the EU, but in this short (5-6 min read) piece, the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow reminds us that there is another, larger regional union.  ASEAN constitutes a group of 10 member states with a combined GDP of $2.6 trillion (2014) and a population almost twice that of the EU, soon expected to reach about 800 million. The article neatly delineates ASEAN’s achievements and challenges.

    Published in Weekly selection 12 May 2017


  • ECONOMICS, Asia, Technology, Innovation, Internet

    Chandran Nair, "Why talk up the tech revolution when Asia’s problems are largely pre-industrial?"

    GIFT - 24 Aug 2016

    The founder and chairman of the Global Institute for Tomorrow invites us to pause and question the “extraordinary bluff of tech disruptive progress in the developing world”. He calls for a reality check based on the admission that much of the world still lives in a pre-industrial state. Despite having access to a smart device, they have yet to secure access to their basic needs (reads in 6-9 min). 

    Published in Weekly selection 26 August 2016


  • ECONOMICS, Asia, GEOPOLITICS, Asia

    Jean-Pierre Lehmann, "It’s not just the markets, all of Asia is in turmoil"

    IMD Real Learning - 20 Oct 2015

    The IMD Emeritus professor (who teaches a lot in Asia) claims that the Asian miracle is fading and that the continent is in dire need of reform. The past economic performance has been impressive, but it is now being hampered by the weakness of its institutional foundations and legal systems. Also, the economic fragilities and the geopolitical uncertainties are currently exacerbating each other. 

    Published in Weekly selection 24 October 2015


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