FMT Worldviews

FMT Worldviews brings you insightful writings by prominent thinkers from around the world including politicians, policymakers, scholars, business leaders and civic activists.

A post-American Middle East under Trump

Responding militarily to Iranian actions could lead to just the sort of conflict Trump does not want in the run-up to the 2020 US presidential election.

The Arab world needs a Brexit debate

Ongoing street protests, strikes, and violence in several Arab countries suggest that a moment of reckoning may have arrived.

Impeachment and the wider world

Donald Trump’s America has already proven to be a source of global disruption.

Making the best of our Google existence

The widespread use of smartphones upsets traditional power structures in which governments and commercial actors collect large troves of data to advance their own goals.

Mind the learning gap

Efforts to achieve universal education will fail if schooling does not translate into basic numeracy and literacy skills.

The growing threat of water wars

Hundreds of international water agreements are coming under pressure.

The case for international civil servants

Organisations and civil servants that serve the world as a whole are an indispensable source of support for collective action.

How China loses friends and alienates people

The more friends China turns into enemies, the easier it will be for Washington to assemble a broad coalition to contain its ambitions.

China’s corrupt meritocracy

It is communist yet capitalist, it practises meritocracy yet it is also corrupt. We need to grasp these contradictions to understand China.

The US and Iran are playing a dangerous game

When the US and Iran have played all their cards in the current game, a more dangerous one is likely to begin.

As China marks birthday, world worries about its ambitions

China faces the daunting task of keeping other countries calm as it sails on.

The coming crisis of China’s one-party regime

With its superior capabilities and efficiency, and despite Trump’s destructive leadership, the US is far more likely to prevail in the Sino-American cold war than China.

Is Arab unity dead?

A number of Arab governments are working closely with Israel to address the Iranian threat because they regard Iran a fundamental threat to their interests.

The true toll of the trade war

Like other economic superpowers, China grew on the back of manufacturing exports. But, unlike those countries, it is now threatening to compete directly with the West.

Why the Middle East is betting on China

Despite having naval bases in Djibouti and Gwadar in Pakistan, China does not aspire to have any great political role in the Middle East.

A Tiananmen Solution in Hong Kong?

Any move to stop the protests by bringing in security forces from mainland will mark the official end of the 'one country, two systems' arrangement.

The tragedy of Gaza’s children

The Israeli-led blockade is pushing Gaza further toward the cliff edge of a humanitarian emergency.

Asia’s scary movie

A snapshot of Asia would show a stable and peaceful region, but a moving picture would be less reassuring.

The art of wait and see

Beijing would hate nothing more than to resemble the court of the Qing Dynasty in its decline.

Power and interdependence in the Trump era

The relationship of power and interdependence changes over time, and too much manipulation of America’s privileged position in global interdependence could prove self-defeating.

The lasting tragedy of Tiananmen Square

30 years after the June massacre in 1989, China is headed in the direction that those responsible for the crackdown would have wanted.

The real victims of China’s trade patterns

While China reaps growing benefits from its neighbours, most of the rest of Asia faces a negative net stimulus from it.

China’s selective memory, 30 years after Tiananmen massacre

A month after marking a century of the May Fourth Movement at Tiananmen, comes the 30th anniversary of the massacre at the same site.

Netanyahu means war

Trump and Netanyahu are two sides of the same political coin, and will do almost anything to please their conservative bases.