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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 March 2019

The Problem With India’s ‘AI for All’ Strategy.  India is seeking to position itself as a leader in the global AI race. However, the deployment of AI solutions in industry could disrupt labour markets due to which a new class of low-skill and low-paid jobs need to be created to fuel an AI world.

India Begins Expanding its Diplomatic Footprint in Africa.  Over the past decade, India has worked to recast its ties with the African continent, which is seen as a major growth pole and a major source of resources. They have now begun to implement plans to expand its diplomatic footprint to 47 out of 54 African nations, up from the existing 29.

China Slowdown Presents India An Opportunity to Shine.  China has on average been growing around two percentage points faster than India since the early 1990s, but the recent slowdown is an opportunity for India to close the gap.

Why a US-China Trade Deal Is Not Enough.  Even if a comprehensive trade agreement is reached, it would just unravel the US-China relationship in a more gradual and less costly way given that the trade war is not fundamentally about trade at all; rather, it is a manifestation of the escalating strategic competition between the two powers.

India’s New ‘Attack’ on Air Pollution.  The National Clean Air Policy (NCAP), unveiled in January, following a string of alarming reports about the quality of air in Indian cities, has laid down the road map for Indian cities to clean up their act in the next five years.

India’s Growth Story is Real But Challenges Remain.  India is probably one of the few large emerging economies where growth and development seem to be cruising along at the same pace, making it unique in many ways. However, its growth over the next decade depend on how governments steer development in the healthcare and education sectors.

A Trade Dialogue, An Opportunity. For India, the US is probably the most important trade partner today and will remain so for a long time. The danger of the US withdrawing India’s trade benefits could further strain the already tense bilateral trade relationship.

The Tremendous Impact of a US-China Investment and Technology War.  Working out the contours of the new US-China relationship will take time as this is a strategic competition which will last for a couple of decades unless something dramatic changes within China, or the United States gives up wanting to be a super power.

Responsible Competition and the Future of U.S.-China Relations.  There is a strengthening consensus in the United States for taking a tougher approach toward China, but there is not yet unanimity on the American interests that may be at stake in competition and the objectives for U.S. strategy with China and in Asia.

A Revolt is Brewing in China, But Don’t Expect Tiananmen Square.  Factories all over China are sending workers on unpaid leave or cutting work-weeks to four days given the slowdown in the Chinese economy. This has led to a high level of discontent among factory workers across China, who have begun staging sit-ins demanding unpaid wages.

China’s Changing Approach to Africa. The Chinese narrative about its development efforts toward Africa is undergoing significant changes with China more visibly focused on the commercial and viability aspects of it financial pledges to the continent.

China’s Growing Military Presence Abroad Brings New Challenges.  China has begun stepping up its own military and security operations abroad to protect its commercial and strategic interests, particularly in Africa. However, the growing presence carries implications in a number of different areas of international law.

Has India Successfully Tamed the Inflation Dragon?  Though India has nearly halved headline inflation over the past five years, it’s is risky to say that India has decisively won the battle against high inflation. However, the structural changes in the food market, the energy market and the monetary policy framework offer reason for hope.