Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair

Chandran Nair is the founder of the Global Institute for Tomorrow and member of the Club of Rome. He is also the author of ‘Dismantling Global White Privilege: Equity for a Post-Western World’ and ‘The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy and Society’.

Latest from Chandran Nair

Asian Angle | Why weaponising democracy against China will backfire on the US

Washington’s Summit for Democracy has made half the world a pariah by defining as ‘authoritarian’ any country that does not share its choice of political system, writes Chandran Nair.

Washington’s Summit for Democracy has made half the world a pariah by defining as ‘authoritarian’ any country that does not share its choice of political system, writes Chandran Nair.

5 Dec 2021 - 11:55AM
Opinion | Net Zero is no solution to climate change. It’s a fantasy for rich countries

Rich countries are in denial that consumptive lifestyles are the cause of climate change; thus they turn to pseudoscience and flawed market-based solutions in a bid to continue with business as usual.

Rich countries are in denial that consumptive lifestyles are the cause of climate change; thus they turn to pseudoscience and flawed market-based solutions in a bid to continue with business as usual.

7 Nov 2021 - 8:00AM
On Reflection | Remember Mao’s famine, forget Churchill’s: how the West captured Asian minds

‘Young people in Hong Kong are taught through a British education system to dislike China and worship the West,’ writes Chandran Nair.

‘Young people in Hong Kong are taught through a British education system to dislike China and worship the West,’ writes Chandran Nair.

24 Aug 2021 - 3:34PM
Asian Angle | The world is woke to Western posturing and global white privilege

The West’s disingenuous position on Israel and its coordinated attacks on China have blown the cover of the liberal narratives it uses to hide a postcolonial, imperialist agenda, writes Chandran Nair.

The West’s disingenuous position on Israel and its coordinated attacks on China have blown the cover of the liberal narratives it uses to hide a postcolonial, imperialist agenda, writes Chandran Nair.

29 May 2021 - 5:00PM
Asian Angle | ‘Vaccine apartheid’: how white privilege is woven into the fabric of globalisation

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, with poor countries far behind, has exposed the moral bankruptcy and structural privilege of Western nations.

The roll-out of Covid-19 vaccines, with poor countries far behind, has exposed the moral bankruptcy and structural privilege of Western nations.

14 Mar 2021 - 5:08AM
Asian Angle | Hong Kong’s young people can be trusted with the city’s future. Give them a stake, and a chance

The city needs economic diversification, and young Hongkongers can play an active part in its development through sharing the responsibility for change.

The city needs economic diversification, and young Hongkongers can play an active part in its development through sharing the responsibility for change.

20 Dec 2020 - 9:01AM
Opinion | The US fears competition. Its status as head of the global order must now be rethought

US pre-eminence was sustained by a grand bargain: it could sit at the top if it did not abuse its position – or, at least, keep its abuse to bearable levels.

US pre-eminence was sustained by a grand bargain: it could sit at the top if it did not abuse its position – or, at least, keep its abuse to bearable levels.

3 Oct 2020 - 5:27AM
Asian Angle | This constant mistrust of Chinese science and technology must be countered

Stereotypes of China are being used to diminish its contribution and challenge its sincerity, writes Chandran Nair.

Stereotypes of China are being used to diminish its contribution and challenge its sincerity, writes Chandran Nair.

23 Aug 2020 - 2:12PM
On Reflection | Leaving Hong Kong isn’t the answer. Staying and building a new one is

If a foreign government can purport to offer a million passports, surely the Hong Kong government working with developers and banks can offer a million homes

If a foreign government can purport to offer a million passports, surely the Hong Kong government working with developers and banks can offer a million homes

8 Aug 2020 - 1:35PM
Opinion | White privilege: to dismantle it, we must first learn to identify it

George Floyd’s murder has led the Western world to examine the privilege it has accumulated through centuries of oppression of non-white people.

George Floyd’s murder has led the Western world to examine the privilege it has accumulated through centuries of oppression of non-white people.

30 Jun 2020 - 2:30PM
Opinion | China’s decision to drop economic growth target is a blessing in disguise

Growth targets inevitably lock developing countries into a Western model of economic policy and a Western notion of how globalisation should work. 

Growth targets inevitably lock developing countries into a Western model of economic policy and a Western notion of how globalisation should work. 

31 May 2020 - 12:06PM
Opinion | Coronavirus has exposed the diseased heart of the global economy

Ironically Donald Trump may have been right that some goods should be ‘Made in America’. He was just wrong about what these should be. 

Ironically Donald Trump may have been right that some goods should be ‘Made in America’. He was just wrong about what these should be. 

5 Apr 2020 - 7:06PM
Asian Angle | Climate change: why do Western environmental crises get more media attention than Asian ones?

Southeast Asian forest fires affected many more people than Australia’s bush fires. But they were eclipsed because the climate debate hinges on a Western framework that distorts the problem.

Southeast Asian forest fires affected many more people than Australia’s bush fires. But they were eclipsed because the climate debate hinges on a Western framework that distorts the problem.

15 Feb 2020 - 4:30PM
Opinion | Ten steps to end Hong Kong’s crisis and avert the next one

Hong Kong needs a way out of its firestorm of protests and violence – and it starts with the government admitting that, by any reasonable definition, it has failed. Another suggestion? Allow Beijing to help.

Hong Kong needs a way out of its firestorm of protests and violence – and it starts with the government admitting that, by any reasonable definition, it has failed. Another suggestion? Allow Beijing to help.

3 Aug 2019 - 8:23AM
Opinion | Hey Singapore, think Southeast Asia’s haze crisis is over? Think again

The haze that hit Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2015 has since largely been avoided – but this has much to do with luck, and only governments can make the fundamental changes needed, writes Chandran Nair.

The haze that hit Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia in 2015 has since largely been avoided – but this has much to do with luck, and only governments can make the fundamental changes needed, writes Chandran Nair.

20 Jun 2019 - 11:09AM
Opinion | The true measure of Indian democracy is found outside the ballot box

The world’s largest democracy, now awaiting the results of its weeks-long election process, needs to become an effective state that can deliver improvements to people’s lives, especially for the millions whose basic needs are barely met.

The world’s largest democracy, now awaiting the results of its weeks-long election process, needs to become an effective state that can deliver improvements to people’s lives, especially for the millions whose basic needs are barely met.

23 May 2019 - 10:00AM
Opinion | US anxiety over China’s Huawei a sequel of the Yellow Peril

In the years leading up to the end of the cold war, opinion polls revealed more Americans feared the ascendant economy of Japan – their ally – than the Soviet Union. The same is happening now to Huawei as its products become superior.

In the years leading up to the end of the cold war, opinion polls revealed more Americans feared the ascendant economy of Japan – their ally – than the Soviet Union. The same is happening now to Huawei as its products become superior.

12 May 2019 - 12:00AM
Opinion | Typhoon Mangkhut’s message to Hong Kong: rethink reclamation and prepare for climate change seriously

The latest superstorm should be a wake-up call to the government on the need to plan for the long-term impact of climate change, such as rising sea levels, to which artificial islands would be the most vulnerable.

The latest superstorm should be a wake-up call to the government on the need to plan for the long-term impact of climate change, such as rising sea levels, to which artificial islands would be the most vulnerable.

21 Sep 2018 - 7:28PM
Asian Angle | Foreign lives matter. Asia should beware of racist US foreign policy

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee is right to say America has never come to terms with its history of slavery. Neither has it confronted how its foreign policy is shaped by the racist leanings of its leaders.

BlacKkKlansman director Spike Lee is right to say America has never come to terms with its history of slavery. Neither has it confronted how its foreign policy is shaped by the racist leanings of its leaders.

9 Sep 2018 - 10:44AM
Quick Take | Why so few Asian authors in airport bookstores?

The region needs an international-standard publisher to promote and explain Eastern perspectives to a global audience to complement Asia’s growing power and influence.

The region needs an international-standard publisher to promote and explain Eastern perspectives to a global audience to complement Asia’s growing power and influence.

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Hong Kong has more than just democracy to worry about

Hong Kong residents who have been travelling these past two weeks will have experienced what it is like to have the international media as your only source of information.

Hong Kong residents who have been travelling these past two weeks will have experienced what it is like to have the international media as your only source of information.

16 Oct 2014 - 4:14AM
Asia's leaders must work together to solve their problems and leave the US out of it

What do you think would be the tenor of global debate if President Xi Jinping, on a tour of South America, were to give speeches at each stop about the threat posed to the region by the United States?

What do you think would be the tenor of global debate if President Xi Jinping, on a tour of South America, were to give speeches at each stop about the threat posed to the region by the United States?

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