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The fourth industrial revolution’s impact on smaller militaries : moon or bane?
Even as smaller and less well funded armed forces are still grappling with incorporating computerisation into personnel, supply and other military functions for increased efficiency or effectiveness, this hallmark of the ...
The Global System: New Developmental Model Needed?
The ever-shifting “tectonic plates” of economics, business, technology, politics, and security around the world has created an era of uncertainty, resulting in declining global confidence. Where do we go from here?
Cryptocurrencies: Potential For Terror Financing
Given their transaction anonymity and user-friendliness, cryptocurrencies appeal to extremist groups as they offer a viable alternative to the mainstream financial system and fiat money which are perceived as ‘kafir’ ...
Counterterrorism : ASEAN Militaries’ Growing Role
Following its defeat in Iraq and Syria last year the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) has expanded to other parts of the Muslim world including Southeast Asia by linking up with local militant groups. Countries in the ...
A World Free of Chemical Weapons: Why It Is So Difficult
There has been an uptick in chemical attacks around the world recently. More needs to be done to curb the production and use of chemical weapons. Even so, fully eradicating them will be an uphill task.
Trump’s Protectionism: Method to the Madness?
President Trump’s surge towards US protectionism is threatening a global war and disrupting the international trading system. What is the real issue behind his seemingly reckless policies?
Germany’s NetzDG: Template for Dealing with Fake News?
The German Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz, also known as the NetzDG or Network Enforcement Act (NEA), came into effect last October, with actual enforcement commencing in January 2018. Is this the Fake News silver bullet that ...
RSIS Series on Malaysia's 14th General Election - GE14 & the Future of Malay Politics
This general election is poised to be game-changing, at the core of which will be the future of Malay politics. Will it resist the undercurrents of change? Or will Malay politics in Malaysia take a new turn, bringing along ...
Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections – West Kalimantan : Identity Politics at the Forefront
The West Kalimantan gubernatorial election is slated to be one of the most tenuous and polarising elections for the 2018 simultaneous regional elections – pilkada serentak. Historical tensions among different ethnic groups ...
Indonesia’s 2018 Regional Elections – Tanjung Pinang’s Mayoral Election : The Role of Majelis Taklim
Religious discussion groups (Majelis Taklim) play a pivotal role in the upcoming mayoral election in Tanjung Pinang, capital of the Riau Islands province. The influence of Majelis Taklim can boost the electoral chances of ...