Emerging Voices on Asia Blog

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The votes have been counted and Indonesia finally knows that Joko Widodo (aka Jokowi) will serve as its next president. Jokowi secured approximately 53% of the votes for president, edging out his rival Prabowo Subianto. Over 133 million voters cast a ballot, making it the largest direct presidential election in the world. The voting was not confined to Indonesia, however. Indonesians living abroad participated in large numbers, voting through their embassies and consulates from Manila to Moscow, Brasilia to Bucharest. In total, over 670,000 votes from...
The rules of the game are changing in the Asia-Pacific. The rise of China has helped to bring the region to centre-stage, as questions swirl as to how it will reshape the new global geo-political order. This has no better illustration than the contents of the United States 2012 Defense Strategic Guidance. That document signalled, in American policy terms, recognition that the twenty-first century will be an Asian one, and that China’s rise will be the key challenger to American regional hegemony. But what does the potential demise of Pax Americana mean...
China’s economy is extremely energy-intensive and relies on coal as its primary source of energy. As pollution from coal and other fossil fuels has increased to hazardous levels, China has begun to seek alternatives. This series of blog posts aims to explore three specific alternatives to fossil fuels in China. Read Part 1 on microalgae biofuel and Part 2 on wind energy. Although China started developing its nuclear energy capacity in the early 1970’s, the program did not reach its rapid development phase until 2005. With the help of French, Canadian,...
Canada, Asia and a Changing Global Economy The Asia Pacific region is arguably one of the most vibrant and economically booming regions of the world. With China and India at the forefront of the pack, the economic surge Asian countries have enjoyed has been closely followed by a tendency to bolster their respective military capabilities. As the most nuclearized spot in the world with contested territories and increased militarization, the Asia Pacific region’s volatility makes it susceptible to conflict and unwanted confrontation. Writing in 2011 about...
What South Korea could teach Canada about the importance of design-led innovation in public policy The ongoing plans behind Canada's 150th anniversary celebration for 2017 have already been met with controversy. After a recent article published by the CBC revealed that the federal government tested a preliminary set of five logo design concepts on focus groups, the Canadian design community decided to react. Citing a lack of originality and poor quality, the proposed logos prompted a group of Canadian graphic designers and art directors to create a...

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