The Asia Foundation Predictions for 2021
The Asia Foundation’s 18 country representatives offer their predictions of the stories that will dominate the news from the Asia-Pacific in the coming year. In Korea, a highly unequal K-shaped recovery is occurring, with starkly opposite realities between North and South Korea at one level, and within South Korea at another.
If the year just passed had a lesson, it must be the futility of predictions. What seasoned prognosticator in 2019 foresaw a viral pandemic that would derail the lives and prosperity of millions of people around the world in 2020? What seer saw in their crystal ball the dramatic and violent chaos that would unfold while members of the U.S. Congress met on Capitol Hill to certify the election of Joe Biden as the next president? The world expressed shock and dismay. These events were as unforeseen as they were momentous.
Yet, to set goals, to devise strategies—to live our lives—we must look ahead, and after a year of events that changed development ..