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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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FROM THE FRONTLINE OF CHANGE

Featured : The Need for Conscious Capitalism. A brief discussion with Michael Gelb, best-selling author, about what businesses and investors can and should do to make capitalism more conscious and creative.

The Need for Conscious Capitalism

There has been a marked shift over the last several years with both investors and businesses increasingly developing a more holistic approach focused on both profit maximisation and having a positive social impact on various stakeholders including customers, suppliers, employees, and the overall environment. With the world facing unprecedented risks[1] in terms of rising inequality, environmental degradation[2], national populism[3], the urgency of investors and businesses adopting a more ‘conscious’ approach to capitalism is all the more important.

Michael J. Gelb and Raj Sisodia are two of the leading authorities on how businesses and leaders can evolve towards and benefit from a more comprehensive and caring approach to managing their various stakeholders. In their upcoming book, The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World, they discuss the need and rationale for businesses to transform, along with various examples of how companies have benefited by adopting such an approach. Greater Pacific Capital talks to Michael about their journey and what businesses and investors can and should do to make capitalism more conscious and creative.

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Addressing India’s Literacy Challenge

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

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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”.

Archived Articles

Pointing to the Future in      November 2019

Pointing to the Future

Signs of a Good Deal between US and China, and a Rethink.  Given the logic of the negotiations so far, subsequent rounds will be all about the further reduction of US penalty tariffs on China in return for China buying more from the US and carrying out whatever commitments it makes in phase one.

America’s Feeble Indo-Pacific Strategy.  Despite the global geopolitical centre of gravity shifting toward Asia, the Trump administration’s concept of a free and open Indo-Pacific hasn’t been translated into a clear policy approach with any real strategic heft.

India-China Relations: From the “Wuhan Spirit” to the “Chennai Connect”.  The biggest outcome of the summit was that India and China agreed on setting up a new high-level mechanism to increase trade and commercial relations and to enhance investments in selected sectors “through the development of a manufacturing partnership”.

India’s Clever Alliance with Island States.  India has made progress in building more robust ties with four crucial island states in the Indian Ocean: Mauritius, the Maldives, Seychelles, and Sri Lanka and this enhanced diplomatic attentiveness has been paralleled by deeper engagement in defence and security.

Kartarpur can be the Corridor for India’s Dialogue with Pakistan.  The Kartarpur connection has opened up a unique opportunity for both India and Pakistan to scale down hostilities and at the least consider resuming a dialogue.

Defense Dialogue Highlights Singapore-India Security Collaboration.  The annual Singapore-India Defense Ministers’ Dialogue (DMD) spotlighted some of the ongoing efforts by both countries to make further inroads in their security ties amid wider domestic and regional developments.

Modi in Saudi Arabia: Upping the ‘Look West’ Game.  Since the Modi government came to power, there has been a greater focus on regional powerhouses such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel, and Iran resulting in West Asian countries pledging to invest in India in the areas of infrastructure, petrochemical, refining, minerals, and mining,

India and Japan Eye the Dragon in the Room.  Relations between India and Japan provide a stabilizing anchor for rules-based norms and values at a time when the United States is increasingly preoccupied with domestic concerns and Asia is wracked by the unsettling rise of China and the sweeping winds of nationalism and authoritarianism.

Europe’s Backlash Against Huawei Has Arrived.  The exclusion of Huawei in Germany could have a ripple effect across Europe, encouraging other countries to follow suit and inexorably push the country, and Europe, down a more confrontational path with Beijing.

China Needs Economic Stimulus.  Given China’s GDP growth has been slowing steadily, China’s policymakers should bolster the economy by not refusing to roll over corporate debts but rather to give firms the chance to grow out of debt.

China Doubles Down on its Digital Silk Road.   Besides the “Digital Silk Road” and its networks of new fibre-optic cables, the Chinese government has sought to build out telecommunication infrastructure across BRI member/partner states by championing local technology companies and leveraging state-owned banks to fund construction projects.

India is Making Dramatic Strides in Addressing Extreme Poverty.  The shift in India’s poverty structure will necessitate two things—the state’s capacity will need to enable the effective delivery of all that’s required to meet evolving aspirations, and the state will have to embrace and enable the private sector as a participant in the next phase.

Is India Ready to Use its Genome Database?  India needs to balance the protection of patient’s privacy with data access to reap the benefits of advancements in genomics in the field of personalised medicine—a scenario where patients are treated based on their unique genetic profiles.