Perspectives panel examines what the economy will look like in 2014 and where are the opportunities for investors especially in Asia? What global risks should governments, business leaders & investors guard against?
  • In 2014, the balance will shift back: America will look stronger and China will look less alluring. The question is whether the cautious Mr Obama will use this to leave a mark on the world. Will America recover its self-confidence?
  • The year 2014 will see Asia rely more on the rest of the world for growth, not vice versa, predicts Rob Subbaraman, Chief Economist for Asia outside Japan at Nomura in Singapore.
  • US to continue deepening engagement in Asia-Pacific region but where are the fruits?
  • As economic woes persist in the US and the Eurozone, the world is looking to Southeast as a bright spot for global growth. But will Southeast Asia’s “Tiger Cub” economies rise to the occasion?
  • China under President Xi Jinping ? What has he done for China and where is he taking China next? Will he be the savior of his party?
  • Shinzo Abe restoring Japan to economic vigour but will his hawkish nature jeopardize relations with China?
  • Japan and China need more sophisticated communication strategies if they are to work through their territorial row - US Vice President Joe Biden.
  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye – is she the ‘One’ who will turn things around and between her and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un – poles apart or is reunion back on the cards?
  • India, an important rising power but what’s the nature of Indian strategic thinking and what sort of role will India play in 2014 and the years to come?
  • Global problems, how can nations work together to deal with collective problems such as climate change, global economic crisis, nuclear proliferation and terrorism?
  • What are possibilities of India and China working together?
  • Political shift in India – governing Congress Party has suffered in state elections spurring questions about national elections in 2014 and the prospects for change on foreign policy and economic issues
  • Russia’s significance to Asia, how does the US view Moscow vis-à-vis China?
  • Southeast Asia in the year ahead – Indonesia’s presidential election takes place in July, after parliamentary elections in April. The contest to succeed Mr Yudhoyono is set to become very lively.
  • Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk - can and should we draw parallels to Myanmar?
  • Myanmar - ASEAN chairmanship, culminating with presidential polls in 2015 but are the poor along with others in the Mekong region benefitting as countries open their borders to migration and more?
  • World Trade Organisation (WTO) deal that could boost the global economy by one trillion US dollars – should we hold our breath?
  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) among the US and 11 other Pacific Rim economies and a US-European Union free trade deal - would give developed economies fewer incentives to forge WTO deals.
  • People wanting ‘change’ are taking to the streets. Some observers believe the ‘Arab Spring’ was a massive economic protest. The poor are demanding that they be heard, demanding that their basic rights to make their way in the world be respected.
  • Women and Power: Leadership in a New World. Will 2014 see the rise of women into society's most powerful leadership roles - across sectors, around the globe?
  • Social Media in 2014 - Twitter rants will grow louder, and your boss will learn to Tweet but will social media become THE catalyst for change?
  • The speed of the internet and ease of mobile communications have transformed the way we consume media. How will people connect in 2014 and beyond?