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Southeast Asia’s recurring smoke haze crisis : what can be done?
The smoke haze crisis in Southeast Asia has come back with a vengeance, threatening the lives and health of millions. No one seems to know how best to deal with it or how long it will last this time.
Is ‘Trojan Horse’ : seeing wood for the trees?
Western media reports have played up the threat of Islamic State “sleeper cells” infiltrating Europe with the recent refugee exodus. Do these reports reflect genuine concerns or over wrought fear-mongering? What are the ...
TPP: A win for ASEAN, A loss for WTO?
With the TPP being concluded, what will be its impact on the regional and global levels? The TPP’s effect on ASEAN states depends on whether the countries are part of the deal as well as their respective domestic policies. ...
Russia and Syria: Let Czar Vladimir Putin Overextend Himself
Vladimir Putin is increasingly acting like a czar. The Russian autocrat’s move into Syria is reminiscent of Romanov overreach. He will come to regret it.
The Malacca strait patrols: finding common ground
A decade has passed since the Malacca Strait Patrols were launched as a holistic initiative in April 2006 following the initial MALSINDO trilateral coordinated patrols in July 2004. Some useful lessons can be drawn as ...
Proxy wars narrative: TNI-AD’s quest for relevance?
The ‘proxy war’ narrative had been frequently aired by the Indonesian military, especially the Army as an avenue to augment its presence in the civilian domain. The ‘proxy war’ narrative is also a broader effort by the ...
El Nino: coping with the new normal
Millions of people are at risk of hunger, starvation and diseases as a result of the onset of the unusually strong El-Nino since 2015 till now. But efforts in disaster risk preparedness and climate change adaptation have ...
Law and gender: an emerging fault line in social cohesion?
In an extraordinary twist to the gender equality rhetoric, a woman escapes a stiffer sentence for sexual assault because the law under which she was charged “does not cover women as offenders”. The case signals a need for ...
Malaysia’s South China sea policy: contradictions or domestic confusion?
Contradictory responses from Malaysia towards recent incursions by Chinese ships close to Sarawak waters may point to possible domestic factors shaping its South China Sea policy. They include the lack of coordination and ...
Securing Singapore: applying biopolitics
Government can pre-empt political agitation and terrorist activities by imported workers and local militants by monitoring them via the lens of Biopolitics and networked surveillance.