The Future of Asia: Forces of Change and Potential Surprises

Authors: Policy Horizons Canada, Strategy and Delivery Division of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Australia
Document Type: Foresight Study
Published Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 4:00am
ISBN number: PH4-148/2014E-PDF, 978-1-100-23561-5

Asia has re-emerged as a global centre of influence. However, Asia’s future trajectory is still uncertain as it is subject to regional social and economic complexities, as well as global environmental, technological and political forces. The interactions of these forces could lead to surprises impacting the region and the world. Policy Horizons Canada teamed up with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia to produce this joint foresight study exploring the forces of change shaping Asia and implications for Canada and Australia over the next 10 to 15 years.


We would like to acknowledge the input and advice we received from a range of experts from government, the private sector, universities, and non-governmental organizations. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the work of the Policy Planning staff and all Asian bureaus of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, as well as the Canadian diplomatic missions abroad who conducted interviews and workshops on our behalf. We would also like to acknowledge the efforts and contributions of staff and students from Carnegie Mellon University – Australia.

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