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Earthquakes and Environmental Refugees: Time for ‘Green’ Engineering
The 7 December 2016 earthquake that struck Aceh was the closest repeat of the infamous 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake that struck the very same province of Indonesia. Thankfully, fewer lives were lost due to ...
Trump-Kim Summit : The Razzmatazz of Public Diplomacy
The Trump-Kim Summit of 12 June 2018 in Singapore is not to be remembered solely for its diplomatic significance. Thanks to today’s image-making culture and the cult of social media, the summit was equally about making ...
The Singapore-KL High Speed Rail: Tracking the Challenges Ahead
The Singapore-Kuala Lumpur High Speed Rail (HSR) will enhance bilateral and economic ties. The project must, however, take into account potential obstacles in ‘trackside’ politics, operational management, and terrorist threats.
After The South China Sea Ruling – Resilience of the ASEAN Way: Consensual Diplomacy in Vientiane
The Vientiane communiqué of 25 July 2016 by ASEAN foreign ministers at their annual talks has been criticised as showing ineffectiveness. This is not the case if one examines it in the context of ASEAN’s diplomatic style ...
Trump-Kim summit – S. Rajaratnam and Singapore’s role
Hosting the Trump-Kim Summit is entirely consistent with the vision of Singapore’s first foreign minister – S. Rajaratnam. Yet, it is not enough that Singapore is trusted and neutral. Singapore must have the capacity and ...
Foreign Policy Lessons from the Terrex Episode
The recent impounding of the nine Singapore Terrex armoured personnel carriers was widely perceived as a proxy pressure tactic not just against Singapore but also other parties that stand in the way of China’s interests. ...
‘Indo-Pacific’ vs ‘Asia-Pacific’: Contending Visions?
President Donald Trump’s first extensive visit to Asia in November 2017 ignited a public rivalry between the ‘Indo-Pacific’ and the ‘Asia-Pacific’ frames of diplomacy. However, the ‘Indo-Pacific’ is way behind the ...
Frictions on the new silk road
The fanfare surrounding the pioneering China-Europe container express train that completed a one-way journey between 1-18 January 2017 is only partially warranted. Frictions abound over issues of inter-operability of railway ...
Trump-Kim Summit : A Tale of Two Endings
The Trump-Kim Summit in Singapore both raised high hopes amongst public opinion as well provided familiar fodder for critics of Trump’s foreign policy. The Summit should be regarded as a proverbial fork in the foggy road ...
Trump and Southeast Asia : Portents of transactional diplomacy
In the wake of three Southeast Asian prime ministers’ visits to the Trump White House, a new pattern of diplomatic communication appears to be taking shape – transactional diplomacy.