Shared responsibility to history and our future

Seventy-five years have passed since the end of the Great Patriotic War. On June 22, 1941, the Soviet Union faced the strongest, most mobilized and skilled army in the world with the industrial, economic and military potential of almost all Europe w

Digital memorialization for a global age

Virtual sites of memorialization of mass atrocities, from web pages and blogs to social media, have proliferated this century. Once unimaginable technology enables individuals and communities to share photos, memories and ruminations about the past

Who should bear the costs of the new normal?

The “new normal” is the new black. Governments around the world are considering reopening the economy after lockdowns, even amid the threat of a second wave of COVID-19.The new normal requires strong prevention protocols to avoid furthe

Monetary policy beyond low inflation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, central banks around the world have been experimenting with unconventional policies. Normally, standard macroeconomic models prescribe substantial policy rate cuts during economic downturns to provide cushions t

‘Pasrah’ as ‘preparedness discourse’ in new normal

The novel coronavirus travels unequally, leaving marginalized people to suffer the most from the pandemic. The virus spreads quickly and is transmittable easily in spaces where you do not have approximate distance with others, such as in a crowded h

Identity politics during COVID-19: Ways forward

Most countries were hardly prepared to face the speed and invincibility with which COVID-19 spread. The Chinese city of Wuhan was the first to see the outbreak emerge in late 2019; by Jan. 25, 2020, more than 10 countries had been affected with more

School reopening faces safety dilemma

The closure of schools due to COVID-19 in March was an urgent measure to protect both learners and educators while allowing education to continue. Since then, the closure has affected 646,000 schools and madrasas, shifting 62 million students and 3.

COVID-19: Russia-ASEAN strategic partnership in action

On June 17, foreign ministers of ASEAN member states and Russia held a special meeting via video conference to discuss current tasks on countering unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and its adverse impact on the political and econo

Strengthening Korea-ASEAN strategic partnership

President Moon Jae-in of South Korea unveiled the New Southern Policy in November 2017 in Jakarta, aiming to upgrade the Korea-ASEAN partnership in the areas of people, prosperity and peace. Now, after two and a half years, it is high time to consid

ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis

This weekend ASEAN will hold a high-level conference that will be participated by all heads of government from the 10 ASEAN member countries, with focus likely to be given to concerted efforts to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.The leaders had previo

ASEAN, migrant workers and the COVID-19 crisis