Will Europe ever trust America again?

VIENNA • In 1991, I arrived in Detroit for my first-ever visit to the United States. My hosts, from the now-defunct United States Information...

The zero-waste movement is on the march in Singapore

With climate change and urbanisation, much attention is focused on our consumerist lifestyle, and how all the waste we generate is destroying the planet...

Little relief in sight from US-China spat

Over recent days, there have been mixed messages on the prospects for an interim trade agreement between the United States and China, which has...

Beijing is getting some important things right in Africa

Having just spent four months living and travelling in Africa, it has been difficult not to notice China's growing influence and impact throughout the...

What’s ‘fair’ when it comes to carbon emissions?

The Trump administration recently began the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, citing "the unfair economic burden imposed on American workers,...

How China Inc can be tripped up by its overseas miscalculations

The Rajapaksas' return to power in Sri Lanka is a reminder of China Inc's unfortunate geopolitical miscalculations in South and South-east Asia.During Mr Mahinda...

A university professor encounters xenophobia with a Danish flavour

The call came on a Friday. When it came, I thought my boss was going to congratulate me for winning a research prize just...

Why being yelled at by your boss could reap payback

Many of us have experienced the ire of an angry boss. Getting shouted at or sworn at in front of colleagues, or being humiliated...

Free to choose, but at what price?

Recent events such as the Hong Kong protests, suggested tax on sugar and proposed ban on personal mobility devices (PMDs), as well as the...

Threat from terrorism still looms

A relapsed terrorist killed two and injured three in a stabbing attack in London last Friday, underlining the urgent need to stress-test defences against...

It’s OK to be No. 2 in academics, but aim to top student well-being

PARIS • Singapore educators deserve to be congratulated for how well they continue to prepare their young charges for an increasingly complex, ambiguous and...

School reforms fail to help US on global test

The performance of American teenagers in reading and mathematics has been stagnant since 2000, according to the latest results of a rigorous international exam,...

Crisis looms on Korean peninsula but Trump administration isn’t ready

North Korea has announced that it plans to end nuclear talks at the end of this year and return to a dangerous pattern of...

Consciously decoupling the US economy

Anyone who still doubts that the US is economically decoupling from the rest of the world should take a look at a proposal the...

The bad news about women on boards

Not that long ago, the Financial Times newspaper held a business conference in a swish hotel in London where a man on the stage...

Hong Kong residents’ wish to form platforms for dialogue bodes well for city

On the night of Nov 17, when the fiercest battles yet between protesters and the police were being fought at The Hong Kong Polytechnic...

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