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Editorial Introduction to Asia Policy Briefs Series

Asia is a region of paradoxes and contrasts. The region as a whole has achieved unprecedented growth and development in past decades. Yet the general picture hides a great diversity of development experiences. Asia is increasingly playing the role of a global growth pole, and fast emerging as a manufacturing and information technology hub of the world economy. Yet more than 600 million people still live in absolute poverty, defined as less than $1 a day.  Asia is the home of the giants China and India that are reshaping international business and the global economy. But they share this vast continent with the “Least Developed Economies” of Nepal and Lao PDR whose prospects for development remain far more limited. And a stable and tranquil Japan is worlds away from a fragile and troubled Afghanistan.

Policy makers in Asia face major risks, challenges, and opportunities as the 21st century unfolds. But given the region’s increasingly critical role in the global political economy, these challenges and how they are addressed have implications far beyond Asia’s borders. The Maxwell School’s Executive Education Program has launched the Asia Policy Briefs series to provide a forum for exploring policy issues related to Asia. The views expressed in these policy briefs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect views of the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, the Editors, or of the members of the Board of Advisors.

Note to Potential Contributors

The Editors welcome submissions of original policy briefs by persons with interests in policies relevant to Asian countries.  Generally the briefs should be no more than about 12 manuscript pages and should address a policy issue or issues related to Asia.  The briefs are intended to inform readers about the pressing policy issues of the day and, where relevant, can include recommendations for how the issues might be addressed. End notes should be provided citing supporting materials relied upon in the brief.

The Editors will review the submissions to determine their appropriateness for inclusion in this series.

Contributions should be sent to apb@maxwell.syr.edu.