Recent Submissions

  • Going Halal: Balancing Ingredients For Mutual Understanding 

    Nur Diyanah Anwar (2018-04-19)
    The move by foreign food chain ‘Subway’ to go halal in Singapore is a commercial, market-driven decision. Yet, it attracted undue reaction on social media. This should instead be an opportunity to bring the different ...
  • Indonesian Presidential Election 2019 - Islam and Indonesia’s Presidency Race: A Defining Role? 

    Alexander Raymond Arifianto (2018-04-18)
    With Indonesia’s presidential election only one year away, there is a consensus among observers that Islam will play a more important role in this upcoming election. Both President Joko Widodo and his potential opponents ...
  • Deradicalising Deportees : Vacuum in Coordination? 

    Anindya, Chaula Rininta (2018-04-11)
    The absence of coordination among stakeholders in Indonesia to handle the influx of deportees is creating a vacuum calling out to be plugged. Otherwise the deportees might encounter obstacles to reintegrate into the society.
  • Crime–Terror Nexus Along India’s Eastern Border 

    Mohammed Sinan Siyech (2018-04-12)
    Bangladeshi authorities recently confiscated weapons bound for locations in India illustrating the vulnerabilities along the eastern border.
  • Jolo and Maguindanao : New IS Epicentres in Philippines? 

    Singh, Jasminder; Syed Huzaifah Bin Othman Alkaff (2018-04-05)
    The presence of the so-called Islamic State in the Philippines continues to be a significant threat in this region. After Marawi, IS fighters have been reported as still active in the southern part of the country. Jolo and ...
  • East Asian Financial Safety Net : The Problem of Leadership 

    Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol (2018-04-06)
    A core challenge facing the advancement of a regional financial safety net in recent years has been an absence of leadership. Without such clear regional leadership, the future advancement of such a safety net — Chiang Mai ...
  • Will China Be a Responsible Great Power? 

    Ho, Benjamin; Hoo, Chiew-Ping (2018-04-03)
    The changes made to the CCP constitution to allow President Xi Jinping an indefinite stay of power have led to concerns about Beijing’s long-term geopolitical gameplan. At the same time, with great power comes great ...
  • Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections – Pilkada Serentak : Role of Identity Politics 

    Alexander Raymond Arifianto (2018-04-04)
    Simultaneous regional elections – Pilkada Serentak ̶ will be taking place in Indonesia on 27 June 2018. Candidates are widely expected to campaign using ethno-religious symbols to win votes, particularly in five key ...
  • Global Trade : Bad News, Good News 

    Rogerson, Evan (2018-03-22)
    8 March saw two important events pulling the global trading system in opposite directions. On one side President Trump announced restrictive tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. On the other, 11 governments signed the ...
  • Ketamine Antidepressant : Breakthrough or Potential Hazard? 

    Tan, Teck Boon; Gunasekaran, Nandhakumar (2018-03-15)
    Millions of people worldwide suffer from depression. Ketamine has emerged in the West as a promising antidepressant. Its use in depression therapy raises important safety and security questions.
  • Labelling IS Fighters : Khawarij, Not Jihadi-Salafis 

    Mohamed Bin Ali (2018-04-04)
    Islamic State (IS) fighters are more suitably called Khawarij and not Jihadi-Salafis. An accurate labelling of them is important to avoid the wrong and misleading use of Islamic terms.
  • Rising Protectionism in US: Asia-Pacific’s Response 

    Rana, Pradumna B.; Ji, Xianbai (2018-04-03)
    Asia-Pacific countries cannot influence decisions in the US, but they can pursue a three-pronged response that should enhance their resilience to possible global shocks generated by Trump’s protectionist policies.
  • Brexit: A Long Way to Go 

    Mordecai, Aédán (2018-04-02)
    Twelve months since Theresa May started the clock on the UK’s two-year journey towards exiting the EU, the transition arrangements and guidelines have been agreed. With a year to go, what are the potential stumbling blocks ...
  • Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections – The Generals’ Election : More Officers in Politics, More Democracy? 

    Marzuki, Keoni; Dinarto, Dedi (2018-04-02)
    Several military and police generals have announced their candidacies for the 2018 simultaneous regional elections before they retire from active service. What induced these generals to enter politics and what does it ...
  • China’s Rise: Role of Two Defining Generations 

    Han, Fook Kwang (2018-03-28)
    The Long March generation of revolutionary leaders is widely acknowledged as the founding heroes of modern China. But there is another generation ̶ the Cultural Revolution survivors ̶ whose experience during that tumultuous ...
  • China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative: Future Bonanza or Nightmare? 

    Lim, Linda (2018-03-29)
    Despite its growing prominence internationally, China’s Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI) is facing a host of challenges. Unless these are addressed, Beijing will find the BRI ending up more a nightmare than a bonanza.
  • South Asia and the Maritime Silk Road: Far From Plain-sailing 

    Singh, Sinderpal (2018-03-28)
    China’s Maritime Silk Road projects pose strategic challenges to the South Asian countries that lie astride the route between Southeast Asia and the Middle East.
  • Timor-Leste̶ Australia Maritime Boundary Treaty : Victory for Dili? 

    Menon, Vijayalakshmi (2018-03-27)
    The recently-concluded treaty between Timor-Leste and Australia on maritime boundaries is a victory for Timor-Leste which will get a larger share of the revenue from the Greater Sunrise field in the Timor Sea. However, it ...
  • Disinformation and Fake News : Old Wine in New Bottles 

    Ramakrishna, Kumar (2018-03-27)
    Disinformation, Fake News and Deliberate Online Falsehoods are nothing new. They are all forms of Propaganda. Singapore should be concerned when a Sending State’s Strategic Propaganda mechanisms and its Agents of Influence ...
  • Religious Harmony: Stop the Tolerance, Start Appreciating 

    Mohammad Alami Musa (2018-03-23)
    The claims of religious superiority can lead to enmity, hatred of the religious other and desire to replace other religions with own’s one. Moving from religious harmony based on tolerance, to acceptance and mutuality, ...

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