Weekend Homework, 27 October

Welcome to this Friday's edition of Weekend Homework, a summary of the most interesting articles, reports, podcasts and videos that we came across this week. Enjoy

Welcome to the latest edition of Weekend Homework, a summary of the most interesting articles, reports, podcasts and videos that we came across this week. They will include not only our proprietary work but also contributions from our Expert Series partners in their day jobs at some of the world’s leading think tanks and other thought provoking work. These pieces made us reassess, challenged our conventional thinking or opened our eyes to a new idea or concept. These are designed to get your mind away from the here and now, and to focus on big picture notions. Many of these are longer form that can be appreciated when you have a little down time. Please enjoy them as much as we did.

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What to watch

Paul shares his thoughts on what he expects will happen at the start of 2018. - Watch

This week, the Council of Foreign Relations hosted an hour-long discussion with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Mr. Lee focused on the importance of U.S.-Singapore bilateral relations as well as strategic challenges and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific. He concedes that Singapore, and other nations, face an increased challenge with China as their primary trade partner and the US as their main strategic partner. He believes that the Trump Administration is trying to change their relationship with Asia, but not to disengage from it. He is also constructive that dialogue can re-start between the major players and North Korea. - Watch

What to read

Bryron Wien discusses China’s critical role in technology and its implications. While Mr. Wien doesn't even attempt to discuss a bear case for pending Chinese economic and technological dominance (ex-North Korea), his arguments are compelling. A must read. - Read

Mr. Bill Gates has proposed taxing robots and governments are starting to listen. A great overview of the pros and cons for taxing this technology. - Read

Expert Guest, Bonnie Glaser from CSIS, analyzes President Xi's Party Congress speech and concludes it is a call for a new era of China assertiveness in foreign policy. - Read

What to listen to

Great discussion on the upcoming changes to the Bitcoin protocol. - Watch

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