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Remembering SR Nathan: The MFA Years
Working with and under SR Nathan as a diplomat – rising from recruit to ambassador - was an experience never to be forgotten. He was MFA’s institution builder, task master and guru to many who survived his tutelage.
China’s Conflicting Signals on the South China Sea
China’s position on the South China Sea disputes has been conflicting, if not confusing. Its grand plan to expand cooperative ties with countries along the “One Belt, One Road” initiative could be undermined by its aggressive ...
ASEAN integration remains an illusion
As ASEAN enters a critical year in which it has to declare itself as a single ASEAN Community, a fundamental question needs to be asked: Is ASEAN integration a growing reality or an aspiration that remains unfulfilled?
Singapore’s Landscape of Religious Freedom: Hard-won, Constant Nurturing Needed
Singapore’s racial and religious harmony has been hard-won and constant nurturing is needed to preserve it. The Government actively engages the different groups and balances their competing interests in a pragmatic way.
President Duterte: A Different Philippine Leader
The Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte will act differently from his predecessors. There is a need for a more layered understanding of the man and his policies.
Jakarta terrorist attacks: the threat from the Islamic State
The Jakarta terrorist attacks signal the extension of Islamic State operations to Southeast Asia. The threat of an IS province in the region is likely to continue for over a decade.
Towards closer ASEAN-Latin American ties
ASEAN is poised to develop closer ties with the Pacific Alliance of four Latin American states, which share an openness to international trade and investment and are comfortable with their relationship with the major powers.