GTFS: Global Trends and Future Scenarios Index

The Future of Asia: Forces of Change and Potential Surprises


Asia has re-emerged as a centre of economic growth and the world is paying attention. By 2030, about six in ten people on the planet will be living in Asia. With a growing economy and middleclass, it is expected to be a key player on the world stage. While the 21st century may turn out to be the Asian century, Asia’s future trajectory is still uncertain. It is subject to regional social and economic complexities, as well as environmental, technological and political forces in the region and globally. The interactions of these forces can lead to uncertainties and surprises that will shape the region and the world. Given its existing and potential influence, an enhanced understanding of Asia and its potential paths forward over the next 10 to 15 years is essential for Australia and Canada.

This report was created for discussion at the 2014 policy retreat of the Canada-Australia Public Policy Initiative. It is the Collaborative Foresight Study 2013.