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An ASEAN Way to Prevent Violent Extremism?
Grassroots initiatives to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) can lose legitimacy through close association with a state’s national security structure. Organisation through an institutionalised regional network ...
Indonesia’s Growing Halal Market : Impact on the Economy
Indonesia remains the largest Muslim country in the world in terms of population. In 2019, Indonesia will officially implement a law on Halal Product Assurance. This legal framework will potentially turn Indonesia into the ...
G20 in Buenos Aires : End of US-China Trade War?
The 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, concluded amidst rising tensions between the US and China over trade. The G20 leaders’ final declaration this year addressed important issues like digitalisation, infrastructure, food ...
G20 at Ten : Time For Greater Multilateral Role
The G20 summit last weekend in Argentina resulted in a truce between Washington and Beijing and pledged to reform the WTO. It is now time for the G20 to play a bigger role in the multilateral trading system.
Russia’s Pivot to the East : Putin’s Broadening Move
President Vladimir Putin’s state visit to Singapore this week, and in particular his participation in the 3rd ASEAN-Russia Summit and 13th East Asia Summit (EAS), mark an important step in Russia’s efforts to broaden its ...
Avoiding Nuclear Crises in Asia
Confrontations between nuclear-armed states in Northeast and South Asia conform to a historical pattern of brinkmanship mixed with caution. But with risks still serious, a more effective response is required.
Cyber Cooperation for ASEAN : Smoother Ride on Track II?
The recently-concluded ASEAN Summit in Singapore called for the promotion of secure and resilient information and communications technologies (ICT) infrastructure. It noted that this can contribute to regional security and ...
The Kim –Trump Summit in Singapore : North Korea’s End Goals
North Korea’s strong willingness to engage in active diplomacy has raised hopes for a ‘new era of peace’ on the Korean Peninsula. While many are wondering about Pyongyang’s intentions, two goals are driving the regime: ...
Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit : So Who Gained?
The recent Helsinki meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin will be recorded in history as the commencement of a long process of stabilisation and normalisation of US-Russia relations, which hitherto have been described ...
Quad 2.0: Facing China’s Belt and Road?
The short-lived multilateral Quad of four democracies appears to be earning a new lease of life, partly due to a combined push by the US and Japan. Is this in response to China’s growing clout and assertiveness in the Asia ...