The DailyBrief

Thursday May 4, 2017

UK-Election, May’s Mandate? Theresa May says she is holding an early election because she wants a strong mandate to “negotiate for Britain” over Brexit. Chris Patten, last British governor of Hong Kong, former EU commissioner for external affairs and Chancellor of the University of Oxford, writes that the British Prime Minister already has the support of most of the country but the real problem is to be found within her own political party.

India’s left-wing violence: India is failing to control violent rural left wing movements that ostensibly are protecting the rights of indigenous people, reports Seema Sengupta. The government is now focusing efforts on security operations against high-value targets but observers are asking if this is really the only answer to address a deep-rooted alienation and disgruntlement prevalent among India’s indigenous people.

Asian pivot fallacy: China doesn’t have the economic ability, societal will or political transparency to lead the current world order, argues Todd Royal. Even Beijing would concede, writes Royal, that an open, liberal post-World War II system led by the Xi Jinping government, instead of America and Asian allies such as Japan, South Korea and the Philippines, would collapse.

Tying down Blockchain: A secure digital ledger for any kind of data, Blockchain simplifies record keeping and reduces transaction costs. Vasilis Kostakis, Primavera de Filippi and Wolfgang Drechsler write that as its range of applications in commerce, finance and potentially politics continue to widen, then so does the debate around how to regulate this buzziest of new tech tools.