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Olivier Legrand: The Other Social Network

Here’s the opposite of a newsflash: we’re in the midst of a global reevaluation of social media and its power. Facebook has been having a hard time recently, and before that it was Twitter. Amidst all the backlash, it’s notable that LinkedIn—the de facto social media...

David Hoffman: Xi Jinping, China, Trade War?

Last month many were caught off guard by the decision by President Xi Jinping to abolish term limits and assume permanent leadership status. It’s a move that seems to fly in the face of the preceding two decades largely dedicated to carefully, slowly—sometimes...

Peter Wall: The Crypto-Mining Gold Rush

This week: Crypto-mining. If you’re looking at that lead sentence and thinking “WHAT?” you’re not alone. As you’re about to find out crypto-mining is the latest techno-fad and what some are calling a breakaway play for financing our digital future. It’s a story that...

Steve Okun: Trump, Tariffs, and Trade in Asia

Here’s something that most everyone who listens to our show knows: China is on the brink of a trade war with the United States. It’s not surprising, but it also doesn’t make a lot of sense. It was enough to drive Trump’s top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, to resign his...

Jim McGregor on Xi Jinping: Imperial Flashback or Authoritarian Checkmate?

It’s been a busy week in China. On a number of fronts. There’s a trade war brewing, sure—check back with us in a couple of days for our take on that—but in the meantime Xi Jinping has just done what no one thought would ever happen again—he consolidated power and...

Peter Kennedy: The Commodification of Water

When you hear the term “private equity,” it conjures images of corporate raiders and Wall Street moguls. You think of Gordon Gekko from the film Wall Street, hair slicked back, reminding you that greed is good and that money never sleeps. Maybe there’s some truth to...

Ziyang Fan: Digital Trade and Cross Border Data Flows

Cross Border digital trade is one of the fastest growing aspects of commerce today. We’re talking something in the realm of 2-3 trillion dollars B2C and 17 trillion in B2B transactions. It’s an issue that’s starting to raise eyebrows in countries around the world who...

Toby Ouvry: Center Yourself

This is our “Center Yourself” episode. I know what you’re thinking. You didn’t come here for meditation. You came for fresh perspectives on the region. You came for the stories and conversation. You did not come here to meditate. But if you’re like millions of others...

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