Asian Travelogue: Singapore

Asia is not for everyone. Be ready to love food, and have stomach aches, to be frustrated with the crowds on the streets but charmed by the warmth of people, and in the case of Singapore, be ready to feel the explosive mix of everything! Why is not for everyone? Because not everyone appreciates messiness [...]

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Transfer, Diffusion, Adaptation and Translation of Water Policy Model

On Friday July 01, I am giving a talk at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. The details are in the announcement. The paper is to appear later this year and will be found on Publications page. Synopsis: Intensive cross-border movement of policy models is ubiquitous in the water sector. Examples include Integrated [...]

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Budapest: Old and New

This year it is 25 years since the establishment of my alma mater Central European University. And it is eleven years since my graduation with a Master’s degree and six years of holding a Ph.D. degree. So I went back to Budapest to an Alumni Reunion, the Alumni Conference of the Department of Environmental Science [...]

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Graduating Minds

I felt elation. I felt in the right place. It was worth the decision to come back, to be in that room with students who will soon seize to be students but will enter the category of “graduates”. A group of nearly hundred young ladies and gentlemen “graduated” last night with their Bachelor and Master [...]

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Happy Earth Day: April 22!!!

Yesterday was the Earth Day, and the UN 24 hours Live Channel broadcasted the signing ceremony of the Climate Change Accord. But there are many more interesting development issues broadcasted by the UN Channel, here for your attention below. Enjoy!

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Transition Initiative

Today (18 April) in my class on sustainable development, we watched this video on transition network, an initiative to create and distribute the network of sustainable communities across the world. I think the students liked it. I thought that it would be a good idea to share this with the readers of my blog, and [...]

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Renewable Energy Event at ADA

ADA will host an event with Mr. Tom Weirich from American Council on Renewable Energy this Friday. I encourage my students from Sustainable Development class to attend this talk, we’ll get to know where we stand in terms of renewables and how the U.S. government is trying to create business opportunities for being “green” with [...]

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“Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s been a while since a novel made so much of an impression on me! This time it came somewhat unexpectedly from an African novelist Chimamanda Adichie. Her novel “Americanah” is about a Nigerian woman named Ifemelu who went to America to study, stayed there and became successful, got an American passport, but felt the [...]

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Gateway South East Asia

As some of you may have already noticed through my LinkedIn update, there is a slight change to my professional affiliation. Starting from May 2016, I will join the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, as an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow. This appointment is an “adjunct” appointment, which means that [...]

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Dear Future Generations: Sorry!

Watch this and share, please! We need to spread the message!

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March 22 is the World Water Day

Water is life. Water is economic development. Water is peace. Water is friendship. Water is culture. Nothing without water. As simple as that. Today is the World Water Day, celebrated every year on March 22. I want to wish all my colleagues, friends, students and everyone who is concerned about making this world better to [...]

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Thoughts on Brussels 22/03/2016

I am writing this in shock after the Brussels airport attacks. This is one of those places which most of people who lived in Europe and have a mobile life-style cross. Brussels airport and the entry to the metro system — I crossed this corridor a number of time, last time this was in July [...]

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Coming Soon: Emotions and Environment at ADA University!!!

This is a pre-annoncement of the experiments that we are planning to start in early April to measure how environmental communication videos work to change the attitudes and behavior of ADA students towards the environment via emotional reactions. This type of experiments has not been conducted anywhere in the world in the field of environmental [...]

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Happy International Woman’s Day!

This is to wish well to all ladies who celebrate the 8th of March. I am aware that the holiday has been covered with controversy, and many women refuse to be “celebrated”. But I also know many who do. And while I remain ambivalent about the special day to celebrate ladies, this post is nevertheless [...]

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How We Lie to Ourselves

There are no magic bullets or formulas to make a parson happy or to achieve success. Yes, there are many self-help books on “how to”, from marrying a millionaire to becoming a boss at work. But to a seasoned person who’s tried many of the given advice, it’s no news that most of this is [...]

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Some Thoughts on Happiness

I have a tradition for a few years now to make wishes for the New Year. New Year resolutions are a little different, but wishes is something you’d like to achieve in the coming year, not necessarily the promises you make to yourself. For example, you want to find a new job. Or you want [...]

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New Paper on Security in the Mekong River Basin

After three years of writing and revising, our paper on various ways of security being framed in the Mekong River Commission has come to light in International Relations journal Globalizations. Here one may read it. This is yet another wonderful collaboration with Andrea Gerlak with whom it is pure pleasure to work and write. The key [...]

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Democracy in Crisis: What Public Policy Can Do?

We live in the times of democracy in crisis. This is obvious not only in authoritarian countries, but also in traditionally democratic societies such as the US and The Netherlands. Those that are between the worlds, such as Hungary and other Eastern European countries, democracy is a patient in the emergency room. A prominent public [...]

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Lost in Translation: How to Study the Travel of Ideas in Water Sector?

This is a re-post from my earlier post (September 2010) on a blog that I used to co-run back in 2010. Funnily, my thoughts of policy translation in 2010 were already ripe, 4 years before they appear in print. This tells you how long it takes to develop ideas and then get them published in [...]

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On Chess, Public Policy and Strategic Planning

This is a re-post of my original blog post written in October 2011 for my previous blog. I am the sole author of this blog post. Karl Wittfogel, in 1957, published his seminal book “Oriental Despotism“, his claim that state-formation and organization of societies in hierarchies originated from large structural works, mainly irrigation in Mesopotamia [...]

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