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Indonesia’s Maritime Ambition: Can Jokowi Realise It?
To realise his vision of a ‘global maritime fulcrum’, Indonesian president Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo needs to solve the tricky problem of coordinating Indonesia’s sprawling maritime security domain. He will need to overcome ...
China's maritime Silk Road: the politics of routes
China has not effectively communicated its grand connectivity ideas to South and Southeast Asian countries. Beijing urgently needs to improve its communications with external parties and seek feedback so as to counter media ...
Fighting Islamic State: Getting Down To Root Causes
The international community’s countering of Islamic State should not just focus on neutralising violent jihadism but also addressing its root causes and translating that notion into policy.
Decoding China's cyber warfare strategies
While conventional, low-intensity, asymmetric, or non-linear conflict scenarios are plausible for East Asia’s strategic flashpoints, the next major conflict involving China will likely start in cyberspace.
Why ISIS appeals to Muslim women in western countries: need for counter message
The appeal of IS (Islamic State) to young Muslim women in Western countries stems from their psychological vulnerabilities. Several communication strategies are suggested to counter IS propaganda.
Hybrid Warfare with Chinese Characteristics
In the evolution of China’s strategic thought, the centrality of information has been a perennial constant as a tool of statecraft and military power. Beijing is exploiting information operations to direct influence in ...
It's not the size, but how it's used: lesson for ASEAN rice reserves
ASEAN’s approach to stabilising rice markets and averting crises has focused on having sufficient rice stocks as a buffer. Insights from stabilisation in currency markets show that reserve size is not as important as the ...
Thailand’s Kra Canal: Is Vietnam Angling In?
Vietnam’s decision to build a deep-water seaport off its southern-most province of Ca Mau may signal the eventual building of Thailand’s Kra Canal as a new regional shipping lane.
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.
Paris Climate Change Summit: Why it is Bound to Fail
Expectations are high for a good and fair new climate change agreement at the much anticipated on-going climate change summit in Paris. Such expectations are elusive if the negotiations fail to face reality and set aside ...