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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.
Najib’s Mother of All Budgets: Gearing Up For 14th General Election
The Najib government’s Budget for 2018 is widely seen as a feel-good package geared for the upcoming general election. This contrasts with the opposition coalition’s emphasis on good governance in its Alternative Budget. ...
Hadi Tjahjanto : Who is TNI’s New Chief?
The new Indonesian Armed Forces Commander, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, created waves when he reversed the reshuffle of the military top brass initiated by his predecessor, General Gatot Nurmantyo. Who is Indonesia’s ...
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 ...
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 ...
Climate Change, Disaster Risk Reduction and Gender: The Southeast Asia Experience
The 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action has called for a gendered approach in disaster risk reduction efforts. Despite being frequently battered by climate-related disaster events, countries in Southeast Asia remain rather ...
Malaysia's right wing push: Chinese swing benefitting BN?
The Islamisation agenda pushed by right wing politicians and Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs), at a time when the opposition coalition is fractured, can motivate non-Muslim swing voters to make pragmatic ...
Australia’s French Submarine Decision: A Long-standing Security Relationship
Australia has chosen the French option for its new submarine acquisition project. While offering a range of strategic, political and technical advantages over the German and Japanese options, it confirms a long-standing ...
ASEAN-China Relations: Key Junctures for Singapore as Country Coordinator
As the country coordinator of ASEAN-China dialogue relations for three years till mid 2018, Singapore is well placed as a non-claimant state to the South China Sea disputes to help reduce tensions and expedite realisation ...