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Australia and climate change : the changing weather in climate politics
The rise of Julia Gillard as Australia’s prime minister has given Kevin Rudd the dubious honour of being probably the first political leader to fall victim to climate change. What does this mean for Asia’s drive to ...
Najib’s UMNO : gearing up for early elections?
The just-concluded UMNO general assembly has thrown up a more assertive leader in Najib Razak. While he may be winning back his doubters in UMNO, can he recover the non-Malay ground as he prepares for an early general election?
Singapore global dialogue : heated start to strategic debates
Asia’s new forum to debate global issues kicked off with a surprisingly fiery exchange between China and Japan over their latest dispute in the East China Sea. Can Asia be at the forefront of international discourses on ...
Indonesia’s twin disasters : will the next big one reach Singapore?
The twin disasters that struck Indonesia in the last week of October 2010 are a timely alert that the region must be better prepared for the worst. Scientific predictions point to a bigger earthquake, and consequently ...
A new era for Singapore-Malaysia relations
The historic agreement between Singapore and Malaysia on the Malayan Railway land represents a breakthrough in the attitudes of the two countries on contentious issues and signals a new spirit of cooperation ...
Railway land swap : new light on an old issue
The Malaysian Deputy Foreign Minister’s recent statement in Parliament that the Malayan Railway land in Singapore did not belong to Malaysia but was leased sheds new light on an old issue. Was this the reason for the ...
Land swap deal : new era for Singapore-Malaysia relations
Although the land swap deal for development of Malayan Railway land in Singapore will take three more months to conclude, the historic bilateral agreement represents a breakthrough in the attitudes of the two ...
Indonesia, the United States and Australia : new age, new issues
The rescheduling of Obama’s visit to Jakarta does not alter the fact that the US and Indonesia are entering into a new age in ties driven by “green issues”. This new phase is also extending to Australia. What ...
Libya and the UN : whose responsibility to protect?
As the blood-letting in Libya continues, and the hapless protesters battle a repressive regime that has shown no qualms to slaughter its own people, the eyes of the world are focused on the United Nations. To its credit ...
Tunisia and climate change : what it means for Southeast Asia
The Tunisian uprising that toppled the Ben Ali government was waiting to happen. Regime decay caused by repression, corruption and autocratic rule has been eating into the system. Was climate change the hidden trigger that ...