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THE WORLD AND THE FUTURE

The Shape of the World to Come – Part III: The Path to a New World Order
The Shape of the World to Come – Part III: The Path to a New World Order

The third part of our series on the Shape of the World to Come attempts to describe the transition to and the shape of the New World Order.  In this undertaking, we examine the opportunity for a peaceful transition to the future and the potential for a violent one.

The Shape of the World to Come – Part II:  The Key Challenges Facing the World
The Shape of the World to Come – Part II: The Key Challenges Facing the World

The second part of our series on the Shape of the World to Come presents the big issues that are driving people to support more extreme positions at the electoral box.  These issues might not only undermine some of the important progress achieved but also set the path for a new world order to emerge from conflict and competition.

The Shape of the World to Come – Part I: How the World is Progressing
The Shape of the World to Come – Part I: How the World is Progressing

In the first of a three part series on the Shape of the World to Come the Sign looks at the key elements of progress made globally.  Despite the challenges facing the world today, we live in a time of unprecedented progress and improving lives across a number of critical dimensions.

The US Election in Context – We Live in Revolutionary Times: The Prelude to the New World Order
The US Election in Context – We Live in Revolutionary Times: The Prelude to the New World Order

Both the Trump and Brexit votes have taken place within the context of revolutionary history. Looking ahead there is the potential for more revolutions to come, with significant implications for the world.

South China Seas: With Greater Power Comes Greater Responsibility
South China Seas: With Greater Power Comes Greater Responsibility

The ruling by the international tribunal in the Hague on the South China Seas dispute between the Philippines and China has significant potential security implications.  If not well handled, the ruling bears wide ranging risks for China on sovereignty disputes with India, Japan and almost all its neighbours and in domestic matters too.

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Featured : Addressing India’s Literacy Challenge A brief discussion with Sourav Banerjee, India Country Director for Room to Read, a global non-profit organisation whose mission is to tackle the problem of childhood literacy across the developing world

Addressing India’s Literacy Challenge

The Sign of the Times has written extensively about the importance of education and skill development for India to fully realise its demographic advantage and thereby achieve economic development. Approximately a quarter of India’s population is illiterate, and by virtue of its sheer size, India has the largest illiterate population in the world, accounting for c.40% of the world’s illiterate population. This is disproportionately skewed towards women and girls, approximately a third of whom lack even basic literacy skills, and has therefore limited women’s ability to choose how they participate in the economy.

Addressing India’s literacy and education challenges, along with the large gender gap, clearly requires transformative solutions. In this context, Greater Pacific Capital talks to Sourav Banerjee, Country Director for Room to Read in India. Room to Read is a global non-profit organisation whose mission is to tackle the problem of childhood literacy across the developing world.

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Revolution and Information Revolution

Revolution and the Information Revolution

A brief discussion with Jon Miller, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Media Group and Chief Digital Officer for News Corporation.

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Reflections on India in the BRICs; Who You Calling a BRIC?

Reflections on India and the BRICS; who you calling a BRIC

Interview with and article by Jim O’Neill, the former chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management who coined the term “BRICS”.

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Interpreting Gandhi’s Principles of Non-Violence for Today’s World

Interpreting Gandhi’s Principles of Non-Violence for Today’s World

Lecture by Rajni Bakshi, Gandhi Peace Fellow at Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations

Archived Articles

Pointing to the Future in       July 2017

Pointing to the Future

Trump’s Surprisingly Strong Start with India. The US-India relationship under Trump and Modi has gotten off to a stronger-than-expected start, with each side demonstrating a willingness to invest in the other’s future, not just lurch from deal to deal.

A Leadership Opportunity for India. The uncertainty surrounding the Trump administration’s foreign policy more generally has created a space for India to take more of a lead in the South Asian region.

TTP for Success: How India Can Turn This Agreement into a Gamechanger. The US withdrawal from the TPP creates a number of important opportunities for India to facilitate domestic policy reforms and promote regional or multilateral collaborative initiatives.

The Changing Face of Work in India. A debate about job creation and employment is heating up in India, fueled by data that seem to show the country is entering a period of jobless growth.

The Meaning of India’s ‘Beef Lynchings’. The rise in anti-Muslim violence under Modi suggests that the demons of the country’s past may remain very much alive.

India Needs a Strategic Artificial Intelligence Vision. The present trajectory of AI advancement indicates that future economies and national security will be defined by it, making it among a handful of technologies that will shape global politics.

The China–North Korea Relationship. China is North Korea’s biggest trade partner and arguably has the most leverage on it. But while Beijing appears willing to condemn its neighbor’s nuclear developments, its cautious policies remain focused on stability.

Beijing’s Balkan Backdoor. Beijing is investing both significant capital and time in Balkan countries that may one day join the EU

China’s Engagement with Africa: From Natural to Human Resources. Brookings report on the on changing nature of China’s economic engagement in sub-Saharan Africa

Donald Trump Is the Odd Man Out With Putin and Xi. Mr Putin and Mr Xi have found an unlikely ally in Mr Trump. The latter’s approach to foreign policy and fractious relations with long-time allies leave the west poorly equipped to push back.

Do We Want to Live in China’s World? The United States offers developing nations sermons on democracy; China builds their airports, harbors, and highways. Which approach will garner greater influence?

Beijing Harnesses Big Data & AI…to Perfect the Police State?  Report by the Jamestown Foundation on China’s increasingly proactive use of big data technologies to increase domestic surveillance and censorship

Why the West Treats China with Kid Gloves. When Beijing put Spain ‘in the fridge,’ and other lessons on China’s tough tactics in response to challenges to its human rights record.

Did Liu Xiaobo Die for Nothing? The relatively sudden death of Liu Xiaobo, the imprisoned Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate sent a strong message of the CCP’s commitment to defending its monopoly on power…by any means and at any cost.