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Advancing Global Health Equity: Enhancing Clinical Trials Access and Cooperation to Save Millions of Lives from Cancer

November 8, 2023

Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, accounting for approximately 10 million deaths every year. Many cancer deaths are preventable if the disease is detected early and treated effectively. Clinical trials represent the critical step in translating scientific discoveries into lifesaving for patients with cancer. However, access to clinical trials is limited to fewer than 5% of patients globally, with significant disparities among diverse communities.This report finds that if China were to join the U.S.-led cancer research project Cancer Moonshot and its core initiative Project Orbis, could significantly increase the estimated number of new cancer cases represented amongst its members to approximately 46.88%. Furthermore, it could greatly streamline international regulatory processes and bolster global health equity by expanding access to clinical trials and precision oncology worldwide and the time needed to roll out new cancer treatments globally would significantly shorten, potentially turning a 10-15-year process into a 2-3-year process.

Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative

September 9, 2020

The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) decided to conduct an examination of certain BRI infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific to assess the BRI's likely military and geostrategic aspects. The project was designed to apply fact-based and objective scrutiny to the question of the military intent, involvement, and benefits from the BRI along China's vital supply lines. This report complements ASPI's other ongoing efforts to analyze the BRI such as the "Navigating the Belt and Road" project.

Reconciling Expectations with Reality in a Transitioning Myanmar

June 1, 2018

The pace of Myanmar's fluid, fragile, and young political and economic transition and reform process has slowed during a period of significant internal conflict. While State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has been in a de facto leadership role for two years, real control of the country remains in the military's hands.Suu Kyi's focus on the country's internal peace process has not thus far borne the fruit that ethnic armed organizations and the civilian government had hoped. Additionally, while the economy is still showing growth, the sizeable hopes and expectations for the country's economic development have not been met, and instead the pace of this development has slowed for myriad reasons. Magnifying the birth pangs of this nascent democracy is the violent persecution of Rohingya civilians in northern Rakhine state at the hands of Myanmar's military, coupled with poor crisis communication and purposeful disinformation campaigns that further the challenges in Rakhine, as well as fan the flames of Muslim-Buddhist conflict. As the United States and the international community focus on accountability for the violence against the Rohingya and ways to help alleviate the tragedy this community has faced, a continued campaign of violence by Myanmar's military is underway against ethnic armed organizations in other parts of the country.

Current Realities and Future Possibilities in Burma/Myanmar: Options for U.S. Policy

March 31, 2010

Analyzes the political and economic conditions in Burma, economic sanctions, and links between the people's economic welfare and human rights. Makes recommendations for a calibrated approach to U.S. engagement and tying the removal of sanctions to reform.

New Skills for a Global Innovation Society: Asia-Pacific Leaders Forum on Secondary Education

February 17, 2009

Outlines best practices in education and recommendations for expanding India's secondary education, including a modernized curriculum utilizing technology, increased school accountability, and international benchmarking, from a March 2008 conference.

Common Challenge, Collaborative Response: A Roadmap for U.S.-China Cooperation on Energy and Climate Change

January 31, 2009

Outlines the climate change and energy security issues both nations face and proposes a comprehensive program of sustained, high-level collaboration to build low-carbon economies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Lists priority areas and first steps.

Afterschool for the Global Age

January 31, 2007

Summarizes discussions from a July 2006 convening on model afterschool programs and best practices for enhancing global literacy, including innovative uses of community and international connections, project-based learning, and educational technology.