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20.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

India has become a major player in world affairs. It is in the midst of a geopolitical repositioning as it navigates its place in the evolving…


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15.12.2021 | News

FES-supported study from Malaysia uses empirical data to illustrate and analyze a fascinating example of a country in Asia, in which the majority…


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09.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

2021 marked the launch of the new FES Asia geopolitics programme. A key pillar is the FES Asia Strategic Foresight Group, an interdisciplinary network…


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02.12.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has been eroding multilateralism and connectivity; principles that are needed the most to ensure a rapid and just recovery.…


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Over the last decade, Asia has seen enormous physical and digital infrastructure connectivity projects. They have become both key pillars and levers…


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23.11.2021 | News

Fascination with auspicious numbers is common in Asian cultures. In Mongolia, phone numbers have become a symbol of the widening gap between the rich…


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19.11.2021 | Climate change | News

Hanoi's migrant manual workers keep the city running, but their already precarious work and living conditions have worsened during the pandemic.


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11.11.2021 | Climate change | News

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Asia launches an interactive map that lets viewers explore the current state of social and ecological development in eight…


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09.11.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Despite numerous movements for freedom, justice and equality, Nepal is still struggling to consolidate its new democratic system.


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By the evening of 1 November 2021, India had captured the spotlight in Glasgow. The country announced a new net zero target by 2070, which meant that…


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President of Indonesia Joko Widodo called for global collaboration to tackle climate change during COP26, highlighting the need for more climate…


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03.11.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Bangladesh is emerging as an important player in Asia’s new geopolitical theatre. FES and its partners invited some of the country’s top thought…


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The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) is a chance for Vietnam to show its commitment to addressing climate change. Despite the country’s long-term…


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28.10.2021 | Future of Work | News

Since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) came into force on 1 August 2020, Vietnam’s significant garment and footwear sector has been working…


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22.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The announcement of AUKUS consolidates a security-led conception of the Indo-Pacific over more prosperity-focused ideas championed for example by the…


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20.10.2021 | Climate change, Gender Justice | News

Integrating feminist priorities into city planning is essential, not just for gender equity, but also for climate resilience and wider sustainability.…


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19.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Southeast Asia’s second most populous country is a flashpoint in the new geopolitics and geoeconomics of Asia. Filipino thought leaders and change…


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15.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Most ASEAN countries are rather reluctant to choose sides in the intensifying geopolitical rivalry between China and the United States. There is a…


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11.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

The pandemic has not only led to considerable losses in terms of health on a global scale but also caused unprecedented damage to the global economy…


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08.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

A European Indo-Pacific strategy that widens options for the regional actors is welcomed by New Delhi. The same can be said of AUKUS though explicit…


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30.09.2021 | Climate change | News

South Korea is deemed to be relatively behind on climate policy. So much so that the country was considered a “climate villain” by international…


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27.09.2021 | Future of Work | News

Migrant workers from the Philippines leave home full of hopes and dreams; unknown to them are hidden costs of migration that can break their spirit.…


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15.09.2021 | Climate change | News

Our regional climate and energy project in Asia brought together practitioners, policy-makers and researchers to discuss common challenges and…


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As geopolitical rivalry intensifies in both traditional and non-traditional domains, leadership around AI, emerging technologies and the increased…


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13.08.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

FES Indonesia hosts capacity building for young people aiming to enhance awareness on key social, political and cultural issues, while equipping them…


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A year and a half into the pandemic, the systemic implications of the crisis are engendering major shifts and, some will argue, sowed the seeds for…


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Together with Ariunzaya Aysuh, Mongolia’s Minister of Labour and Social Protection, we discuss the challenges and successes in fighting the COVID-19…


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15.06.2021 | Future of Work, Economy of tomorrow | News

On 11 June, Germany passed a much-debated act on due diligence in global supply chains. Frederike Boll writes about the power of alliances, the key…


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14.06.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

The tourism sector of Nepal has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Workers and unions call for more financial support and a boost for domestic…


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08.06.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Indonesia has answered the age-old question of how to ensure cooperation across a diverse population, by using a set of principles derived from the…


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In this episode, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, one of Malaysia's leading experts on the political economy of development, takes a closer look at the social and…


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01.06.2021 | News

The South Korean population is ageing faster than any other in the world. Who bears the responsibility for the problem, and for fixing it, is hotly…


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26.05.2021 | Climate change | News

The announcement by Asia’s leading development bank to exit from financing fossil fuels made global headlines. While it would be a major step for a…


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| New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Small and landlocked states have their own unique set of challenges, but also opportunities, especially when caught in the midst of global power…


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20.05.2021 | Gender Justice | News

Worsening security conditions and societal polarization pose a risk to modest gains for gender justice. We explored three critical aspects.


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17.05.2021 | News

As the schools were shut down, the government opted to replace in-class learning with various means of distance education. This has revealed the…


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12.05.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Greater Eurasia has always been subject to great power rivalries. A new map by FES puts the often-confusing multitude of smaller clashes, economic…


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10.05.2021 | Future of Work | News

Over the past year, FES worked together with 20 researchers from across Asia to analyse the challenges of workers in the region and develop visions…


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04.05.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

For four years, the Academy of Work has been training the next generation of trade union leaders in Bangladesh.


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In our new season’s opening episode, we take a closer look at the latest developments in Afghanistan – the COVID-19 crisis, a difficult peace process,…


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25.03.2021 | Gender Justice | News

Indian women’s participation in the labour market is low and falling, despite numerous policies and interventions from government and other agencies.…


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19.03.2021 | Climate change | News

While many parts of the world are shifting away from fossil fuels, Southeast Asia remains a hot spot for coal expansion. A new report by Climate…


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16.03.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue | News

Looking at the past to find changing meanings of the ‘labour movement’: Historian Sakdina Chatrakul Na Ayudhya takes a close look at the history of…


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11.03.2021 | Cooperation for Peace and Security | News

A new online director’s guide walks you through “The Things Imprisoned in the World of Words”, an exhibition about South Korea’s National Security…


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04.03.2021 | Economy of tomorrow | News

Bangladesh has no shortage of bright young people keen to boost the country’s development. But many lack the research and specific presentation skills…


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01.03.2021 | News

Participants from across Mongolia collect crucial data in an Open Street Mapping project in an effort to make health and essential services available…


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23.02.2021 | Climate change | News

China’s recent commitment to reaching carbon neutrality by 2060 sends a powerful message, not only about what the country thinks it can achieve with…


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05.02.2021 | Trade, labour and social dialogue, Economy of tomorrow | News

The line between using technology to manage workers and using technology to control workers is a thin one. In an interview with FES, labour expert Dr…


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Together with Christina Colclough, we talk about algorithmic decision-making and ways forward for the labour movement in the Asia-Pacific region.


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21.01.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

The FES Nepal team spoke with the first resident director, Heinz Bongartz, about opening the FES office in Kathmandu and the role of social democracy…


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We explore themes of social justice and the changes required in the global order to ensure a more equitable and just society during and after the…


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14.01.2021 | Gender Justice | News

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted billions of lives around the world. But the crisis is hitting already-vulnerable women and girls in several new…


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08.01.2021 | Climate change | News

Energy is first and foremost a human-impact story; however, Vietnamese journalists have so far been focussing on its technical and business angles. If…


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