04/25/2014 04:24 pm ET Updated Jun 25, 2014

Weekend Roundup


As U.S. President Barack Obama pivoted to Asia this week, The WorldPost published a contribution from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on how Japan is no longer in the "Far East," but at the "center of the Pacific Rim." South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se offers a dire perspective on rising nationalist conflict in the region
as "history returns with a vengeance to Northeast Asia." Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, speaking of Crimea as well as the East China Sea, wonders if "2014 will end up like 1914" when globalization collapsed into conflict and war. The Diplomat's Shannon Tiezzi notes that while Western thinkers are comparing this moment to 1914, Chinese strategists are looking back to China's defeat in the "first" Sino-Japanese war in 1895.

Both former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka address the recent kidnapping of school girls and the menacing rise of the extremist Islamist group, Boko Haram, in Nigeria. In One-On-One this week, Katherine Keating talks to Luis Moreno Ocampo , the first prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, on Syrian war crimes. HuffPost Deutschland's editorial director, Cherno Jobatey, talks with Aung San Suu Kyi.

LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman reflects on how "peak networks" will empower entrepreneurs and scientists to innovate new solutions in the face of resource scarcity. In an interview, "Capital in the 21st Century" author Thomas Piketty explains why the super-rich are "useless" when it comes to job-creating economic growth.

In "Dispatch from Donetsk," Dmitry Tymchuk of the Ukrainian Informational Resistance provides the latest updates on the ground in Ukraine as a potential civil war and a Russian invasion loom. WorldPost correspondent Sophia Jones reports from Cairo that, in the view of sober analysts in the region, the U.S. these days is less interested in democracy than stability in Egypt. Kim Kyung, the former editor of Harper's Bazaar Korea, recounts the emotional shock waves rippling across South Korea in the wake of the tragic ferry accident there.


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CORRESPONDENTS: Max Rosenthal in Beirut; Sophia Jones in Cairo; Matt Sheehan in Beijing.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Arianna Huffington, Eric Schmidt (Google Inc.), Pierre Omidyar (First Look Media) Juan Luis Cebrian (El Pais/PRISA), Walter Isaacson (Aspen Institute/TIME-CNN), John Elkann (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Dileep Padgaonkar (Times of India) and Yoichi Funabashi (Asahi Shimbun).

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Moises Naim (former editor of Foreign Policy) and Nayan Chanda (Yale/Global; Far Eastern Economic Review). Katherine Keating (One-On-One) and Jehangir Pocha (NewsX India) .

The Asia Society and its ChinaFile, edited by Orville Schell, is our primary partner on Asia coverage. Eric X. Li and the Chunqiu Institute/Fudan University in Shanghai and also provide first person voices from China. We also draw on the content of China Digital Times. Seung-yoon Lee is The WorldPost link in South Korea.

Jared Cohen of Google Ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. Bruce Mau provides regular columns from on the "whole mind" way of thinking. Patrick Soon-Shiong is Contributing Editor for Health and Medicine.

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