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  • IS’ Changing Narrative : How To Counter It 

    Muhammad Saiful Alam Shah Sudiman (2018-11-13)
    Despite losing territories, the self-styled Islamic State (IS) continues to remain resilient by reinventing its propaganda. To counter violent extremism proponents should keep themselves abreast of the IS ‘post-territorial ...
  • RCEP : Another Missed Deadline 

    Pitakdumrongkit, Kaewkamol (2018-11-14)
    RCEP members dropped their earlier pledge to reach a “substantial conclusion” by the end of this year and postponed its completion date to 2019. However, the headway in the first half of 2019 is likely to be slow due to ...
  • Remembering Operation Jaywick : Singapore’s Asymmetric Warfare 

    Kwok, John; Li, Ian Huiyuan (2018-11-09)
    Decades before the concept of asymmetric warfare became popular, Singapore was already the site of a deadly Allied commando attack on Japanese assets. There are lessons to be learned from this episode.
  • Soldiers, Militants, and Small Drones 

    Paulsson, Henrik (2018-11-12)
    Small drones are seeing an explosion in its popular use, from state troops to non-state actors such as militants. Indeed, the non-state actors are threatening to match conventional forces in offensive weaponry by acquiring ...
  • BIMSTEC : Re-modelling for a Bigger Role? 

    Nazia Hussain (2018-11-12)
    Changing geopolitical realities in the region have brought about a renewed interest in the Bay of Bengal. Can BIMSTEC utilise the momentum to remodel itself as a grouping to be reckoned with?
  • Taming Big Brother : G20 Push to Reform SOEs 

    Amalina Anuar (2018-11-08)
    Attempts to reform global trade rules on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should balance improving markets and development needs, but geopolitical rifts in the global trading system could obstruct progress.
  • 1.5°C Too Soon : More Must Be Done 

    Sembiring, Margareth (2018-11-05)
    The latest IPCC special report released in early October 2018 estimated that global temperature increase may reach 1.5°C anytime between 2030 and 2050. This is much sooner than the end of the century timeframe set in the ...
  • Emergence of Wasatiyyah Islam : Promoting ‘Middle Way’ Islam and Socio-Economic Equality in Indonesia 

    Ma’ruf Amin, K. H. (2018-11-02)
    The spread of extremism and widening socio-economic inequality have led to a serious complication in Indonesian society. Wasatiyyah Islam, a comprehensive concept of ‘Middle Way’ Islam, must be reaffirmed to solve the ...
  • The Case of Jamal Khashoggi : America’s Obsolete Alliance with Saudi Arabia 

    Resnick, Evan (2018-10-31)
    The United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia has been rocked by Turkish officials’ allegation that the conservative kingdom orchestrated the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Historically, US administrations have ...
  • New Trends in Humanitarian Assistance – Enticing the Private Sector : The Value Chain Approach 

    Montesclaros, Jose (2018-10-30)
    Since the Sulawesi quake and tsunami, ASEAN member states have agreed to increase financial contributions to Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations. However, an alternative framing of HADR is needed ...
  • Ma’ruf Amin : Jokowi’s Secret Weapon? 

    Yang Razali Kassim (2018-11-01)
    The running mate of the Indonesian president is remembered for his hand in toppling Jakarta governor Ahok on charges of blasphemy. In Singapore, he advocated ‘Middle Way Islam’. Is this President Joko Widodo’s secret formula ...
  • Suspension of Sri Lankan PM : A Strategic Move? 

    Kapur, Roshni (2018-10-31)
    The suspension of Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his replacement by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa was a strategic move that has been many months in the making.
  • The ‘New’ Nuclear Arms Race 

    Basrur, Rajesh (2018-10-29)
    Expectations of a renewed nuclear arms race if the US abandons the INF Treaty are misplaced. The new arms race is already under way.
  • Transforming the Rice Value Chain : A Whole-of-Society Approach? 

    Montesclaros, Jose; Teng, Paul (2018-10-24)
    The International Rice Congress (IRC) 2018 held in Singapore, 15-17 October 2018, provided new insights and refreshing ideas on how the rice value chain has been transforming. It also underscored the need for a Whole-of-Society ...
  • Deradicalising Returning Foreign Fighters : Lessons from Denmark 

    Ahmad Saiful Rijal Hassan (2018-10-23)
    In addition to the current threat of extremists and radicalised individuals, returning fighters are posing new challenges to state. Danish authorities have pioneered de-radicalisation programmes that focused on providing ...
  • Next Steps for Cyber Norms in ASEAN 

    Ang, Benjamin (2018-10-22)
    ASEAN has appointed Singapore to propose a mechanism to enhance ASEAN cyber coordination, and has also agreed in principle to certain voluntary norms of behaviour in cyberspace. This choice of norms gives clarity to the ...
  • RSIS High-Level Informal Meeting : Trade Threats and Responses 

    Rogerson, Evan (2018-10-19)
    As the clouds of trade war continue to gather, the Centre for Multilateralism Studies at RSIS is convening on 24-25 October 2018 a high-level informal meeting among officials, the private sector and academics from around ...
  • Russia and India : As Close As Lips & Teeth? 

    Cheang, Chris (2018-10-18)
    President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India on 4-5 October 2018 for the 19th annual bilateral summit saw the signing of a major weapons system. This served relatively well Russia’s domestic and foreign policy objectives.
  • Violent Extremism and its Continuum 

    Gunaratna, Rohan; Jayakumar, Shashi (2018-10-17)
    ISIS may have suffered battlefield reverses, but in some respects – not least ideologically – it is resilient. Analysts, academics and security officials should resist the impulse to call time on the study of these types ...
  • Pakistan and its militants : who is mainstreaming whom? 

    Dorsey, James Michael (2018-10-17)
    Pakistani militants of various stripes collectively won just under ten per cent of the vote in the July 2018 parliamentary elections. Some represented long-standing legal Islamist parties, others newly established groups ...

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