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John West: Asian Century… on a Knife-edge
- John West (Sophia University)
This talk is based on John’s recent book, “Asian Century… on a Knife-edge” (Palgrave Macmillan 2018), in which he questions the conventional wisdom that the 21st century belongs to Asia. He argues that Asia is suffering from stunted economic and social development, and that Asia’s emerging giants of China, India and Indonesia are fragile superpowers. John identifies seven economic, social, political and geopolitical challenges for realising an Asian Century, but doubts that Asia’s leading economies have the will to tackle these challenges.
John teaches Japanese Business and Economy, and Asia’s Economic Development at Tokyo’s Sophia University. He is a Contributing Editor of FDI-Intelligence, a Financial Times magazine, and is also Executive Director of the Asian Century Institute. These current positions follow a long career in international economics and relations with major stints at the Australian Treasury as director of balance of payments, OECD as head of public affairs and director OECD Forum, and Asian Development Bank Institute as senior consultant for capacity building and training. John also taught globalization at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.