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MPPGA Professor Kai Ostwald published an article, “Indonesia’s Decentralization Experiment: Motivations, Successes, and Unintended Consequences”, co-authored with Yuhki Tajima and Krislert Samphantharak, in the Journal of Southeast Asian Economies. Since 2001, Indonesia has undergone a rapid and extensive programme of decentralization of governance and resources from the centre to local level.
MPPGA Co-Director Yves Tiberghien was featured in a documentary on CCTV-4 on his work in China and his coordination of the Vision 20 summit in Hangzhou. The documentary tells the story of how Tiberghien became so involved in Asian politics and diplomacy by focusing on his personal life as well as his career.
According to Professor George Hoberg, a meaningful climate plan needs to have, at minimum, a measurable target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over a specified time period. Hoberg further argues that there is a need for enforceable policies that can reasonably be expected to achieve that climate target.
MPPGA Co-Director Yves Tiberghien was quoted in the Chinese Radio International article discussing a suggested line of communication between China and the US that is connected to the deployment of THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea. Tiberghien suggests that this can be done on a non-political level.
Professor Paul Evans was quoted in this Globe and Mail article discussing BC’s new foreign-buyer tax and its effect on relations between Canada and China. Professor Evans believes the new levy will have no impact on relations between Ottawa and Beijing since it is structured in a way that does not single out Chinese nationals.
MPPGA Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre, argues that reducing poachers’ access to insurance might be one way to combat illegal fishing. Furthermore, he estimates that losing their insurance would cause perhaps 40 percent of the ships that regularly fish illegally to stop doing so.