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22.10.2021 | New Geopolitics of Asia | News

Security at the core: AUKUS in the Indo-Pacific

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

A feminist approach to urban planning is vital for the future of cities

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

The Philippines in the New Geopolitics of Asia

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

Between a rock and a hard place: ASEAN, AUKUS and the EU Indo-Pacific Strategy

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

Regional Lab: Systemic Implications of the COVID-19 Crisis

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

Of opportunities and renewed divisions: AUKUS, India and the EU

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’s plans for a just transition must be truly fair for all

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

Fragile dreams: Stories of migrant workers from the Philippines

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

Revisit our regional conference on social-ecological transformation in Asian cities

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


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Asia’s New Geopolitics of Artificial Intelligence and Technology

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


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20.08.2021 | Climate change | News

Just Transition Forum in Asia | #JTFA2021

Can the shift to a green energy future in Asia be just and equitable?


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13.08.2021 | Networks for social democracy | News

Young Progressive Academy launched to train Indonesian emerging leaders

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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The New Geopolitics of Asia

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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Female leadership and the future of work in Mongolia

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

German Supply Chain Act makes corporate responsibility mandatory

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

Nepal must support its tourism sector or face losing a critical workforce

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

Bridging diversity the Indonesian way

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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Vaccine justice and building forward better

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

South Korean generations at odds over how to tackle world’s fastest-ageing society

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

Op-ed: Asian Development Bank should close its doors to all dirty energy

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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Between superpowers: Small and landlocked states in Asia

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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17.05.2021 | News

Education during the pandemic: Dimensions of the digital divide in Mongolia

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

The New Geopolitics of Eurasia

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

Shaping the 2020s: Symposium and paper series for Workers' Future in Asia

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

Remodelling Bangladesh’s trade unions amid the pandemic

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


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Afghanistan amid transition and the prospects for peace

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

The laborious challenge of enhancing women’s participation in India’s workforce

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

Southeast Asia’s plans to expand coal power are undermining the global energy shift

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

It is time to revise our definition of ‘the labour movement’ in Thailand

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

Exhibition sheds light on the history of South Korea’s National Security Act

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

Training Bangladesh’s next generation of advocates, through the pandemic

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

How volunteers crowd sourcing data contributes to Mongolia’s COVID-19 response

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 latest carbon pledge sets ambitious course for the 21st Century

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

Implications of automation for workers in Vietnam

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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Artificial intelligence, data rights and the future of work

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

25 years of partnership for democracy and social justice in Nepal

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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Social justice in the crisis and a fair recovery

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

Women and girls across Asia are facing complex, urgent risks from the pandemic, expert warns

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

Telling the energy story through a more inclusive lens

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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