A G20 Refugee Agenda

DHAKA – Every day, an average of some 34,000 people are forced to flee natural or man-made disasters. In the last six months alone, more than 2,000 lives have been lost in the Mediterranean; over the last weekend in June, 12,600 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Financial and political pressures are overwhelming the countries in the… Read More

WannaCry shows that businesses and governments must cooperate

On May 12, the world suffered one of the worst cyber-attacks in history as the ransomware “WannaCry” held data from 230,000 computers hostage in at least 150 countries, earning over $80,000. A ransomware, once activated, encrypts access to the data of a computer or a network until a sum is paid. Infected organizations during the… Read More

India’s Narendra Modi charmed with his words, it is now high time for action

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says failures to form a strategic alliance with China and isolate Pakistan, along with stumbles in regional initiatives and promises at home, mean the Indian prime minister will need to act fast to realise his rhetoric. Upon assuming office in May 2014, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on the diplomatic… Read More

As the ASEAN region turns 50, human rights remain a challenge

ASEAN, poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary coming August, has come a long way since its inception through the Bangkok Declaration. While promoting free trade and economic cooperation remains its core focus, the organization was founded in 1967 by five of its current members to maintain regional stability and safeguard against the influence of communism… Read More

China needs diplomatic skills to sell Belt and Road Initiative

Regional suspicions remain about Beijing’s intentions in fostering infrastructure network When Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered his keynote speech on May 14 to 28 heads of states, leaders of international organizations and delegations from 130 nations at the opening ceremony of the China’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing, he urged his audience to achieve… Read More

50 years on, the Asian Development Bank must move with the times

Mr. Syed Munir Khasru says the ADB, which has played no small role in the region’s spectacular development, must now widen its network and portfolio to better respond to today’s needs Asia today is the fastest growing region in the world, housing three of the 10 largest economies – China, Japan and India. The once… Read More