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Global Fight Against IS: Singapore’s Role in Counter-Terrorism
On 2 August 2016, the Prime Minister of Singapore announced the state’s intention to enhance its support for the global coalition to fight against Islamic State (IS). This has raised concerns that it would make the island ...
Two Years Under Jokowi – Jokowi’s Power Consolidation: At What Cost?
Starting weak, over the course of two years, Indonesia’s seventh president Joko Widodo (Jokowi), has been able to solidify his power. This victory, however, has come at several costs.
US-Russia relations under Trump presidency: will the reset come to pass?
Donald Trump’s pre-election admiration for Russian president Vladimir Putin as a “strong leader” has raised hopes of a ‘reset’ of diplomatic relations since the deterioration of the US-Russia ties in this decade. While it ...
North Korea Sanctions: Will China Get Tougher?
China appears to have taken tougher measures against North Korea in response to its fourth nuclear test. It may be prepared to be harsher if Pyongyang continues with its provocations.
Road To Low-Carbon ASEAN Community
Adopting energy efficiency, investing in renewables and building capabilities on nuclear energy safety may be crucial for Southeast Asia to realise a low-carbon ASEAN Community consistent with the goals of the Paris Climate ...
Malaysia’s Secular Versus Religious Divide: Mediation Could Be Key
The uneasy co-existence of civil and Shariah law in Malaysia and the polarising ethnic and religious divides within its population could be ameliorated by establishing an independent mediation committee.
Remembering SR Nathan: The MFA Years
Working with and under SR Nathan as a diplomat – rising from recruit to ambassador - was an experience never to be forgotten. He was MFA’s institution builder, task master and guru to many who survived his tutelage.
From Brazil to Singapore: Containing Zika in Southeast Asia
On 13 May 2016, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environmental Agency (NEA) reported Singapore’s first imported case of the Zika virus. Although the case of patient zero is likely to be a one-off ...
Who governs the South China Sea?
The Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague will release its ruling today (12 July 2016) on the maritime territorial dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China. What is the outlook like going forward?
International disasters in Asia Pacific: Indonesia's civil-military responses
Long a recipient of international assistance during ‘natural’ disasters, Indonesia has been recently stepping up its joint civil-military humanitarian responses in the Asia Pacific. What does this mean for Indonesia and ...