Asia-Pacific in Data

DRI Trendlines

Trendlines are monthly reports based on quantitative data and statistical analysis that uncover key political, security, economic and social trends in the Asia-Pacific.

Based on multiple data sources and streams, Trendlines zeroes in on a single question and examines its different dimensions. The result? We let the numbers speak to you directly, without verbiage and clutter.

Issue No. 03 | October 2021

Here Be Dragons? Pakistan's Economy and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a massive infrastructure, connectivity, and investment initiative the Chinese government announced in 2013 that aims to link China with key regions around the world through a network of strategically-important facilities and local capacity building. China has described BRI as a development and economic self-reliance opportunity for other countries and has marketed it as a "win-win" proposition. In this edition of DRI Trendlines, we examine various streams of data and zone in on the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor within the overall context of Pakistan’s economy, and to understand it better, also visualize the evolution of BRI projects in, and economies of, four other participating countries: Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

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Issue No. 02 | September 2021

The Soundless Wailing Water, Climate Change, and Security Risks in the Asia-Pacific

In the context of national and international security, climate change acts as a threat multiplier and exacerbates existing issues and geopolitical conflicts such as conflicts between states over natural resources (most commonly, water), migration due to scarcity/sudden extreme weather events (floods, droughts) causing undesirable/illegal influx of “climate refugees,” and conflicts over territories with abundant natural resources (for example, conflicts over upper riparian regions). Climate change will also give rise to new, unprecedented situations which could potentially lead to competition and conflicts among nations. For example, the Arctic ice has been melting, giving rise to new, shorter attractive maritime routes in the Arctic, thereby opening up the possibility of that theater emerging as a key site for great power competition. In this edition of DRI Trendlines, we analyze multiple streams of data to show security in the Asia-Pacific stands to be transformed by climate change.

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Issue No. 01 | August 2021

Tokyo Pandemic and the City

As COVID-19 continues to sweep through the planet disrupting familiar patterns and generating new ones, cities have borne the brunt of the pandemic the most. From mobility, economic activity, travel, and leisure to prices of common commodities, the novel coronavirus has reshaped everyday life, commerce, and politics of urban centers – traditionally, hubs of activity and catalysts of social and economic innovation. For the inaugural edition of DRI Trendlines, we look at how COVID-19 has changed Tokyo. By bringing in and analyzing multiple streams of data, we give you a one-of-a-kind profile of pandemic life in one of the world’s greatest and most iconic cities.