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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.