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04 Sep Confusion clouds regional cooperation to fight haze

It is clear that the haze from fires burning in Indonesia has returned and is worsening. On Tuesday last week (Aug 25), visibility in Palembang, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, was down to about 300m. The count of possible fire hot spots has risen...

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28 Aug Myanmar 2015 elections – what to expect?

This year’s elections mark a significant milestone in Myanmar’s history.  There is a growing thirst for change in Myanmar, and the party that wins the popular vote will be tasked to set the tone for the future of democracy in the country. The future of...

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27 Aug Focus on the future in this SG50 election

The adage is that all politics is local and elections are too often nasty and short-sighted. For the General Election (GE) scheduled for Sept 11, these characteristics may well dominate the hustings. Rumours and blog sites tend to amplify these tendencies. Take, for example, the recent...

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06 Aug SG50: The past, the present and the future

Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Mr. Frank Lavin, Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore discuss Singapore's journey to success over the past 50 years, in this segment for CNBC's '50 on the Dot' programme. Singapore Then & Now Mr. Lavin: The fundamental...

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06 Aug How Singapore Transformed Itself in Just 50 Years

SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was interviewed by Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin on "First Up" on Singapore's history and SG50, on how this little red dot has become so successful. A transcript of the interview, originally broadcast on 6 August, is available below. Q. Many people credit Singapore's policies ...

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02 Jul 3-on-3 with Cherian George: Singapore’s Future

As the Republic turns 50 years old, questions have arisen on whether Singapore is well-equipped to adapt to emerging challenges both at home and abroad. We spoke to Dr. Cherian George, Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, on his views on the changing...

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29 Jun A sunny island set in the Asian hinterland

It is a promising sign when an anniversary is occasion to look keenly forward as well as nostalgically backwards. So it is with Singapore’s golden jubilee celebrations this August. Singapore’s success as a globalised city-state owes itself in no small part to visionary leadership that used...

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