09 Oct '17, 1am

Scientific collaboration can help to solve Asia's flashpoints

Last week's Nobel prizes in physics and chemistry were models of global cooperation, recognising elite international teams of scientists for their work on gravitational waves and electron microscopy. The awards showed that major research breakthroughs typically require breaking down national borders. But the same is true in the field of science diplomacy, where much greater international cooperation on scientific research can help to fix pressing geopolitical problems around Asia. Science can underpin breakthroughs in international relations, not least in sensitive areas where other methods have failed. Working across borders, scientists identify common problems and open up new avenues when "sacredness and taboo can confound the best-laid plans of national deal-makers", in the words of author Steven Pinker. One celebrated example came with the 2015 agreement to limit Iran'...

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