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A police officer during nomination day for Malaysia General Election on May 5 elections in Kuala Lumpur April 20 2013.

08 May Malaysia’s vote is over, but the drama is just beginning

Judging by their giddy rally today, markets in Malaysia are beyond relieved that the country’s general elections are over. A win for the incumbent Barisan Nasional coalition, whose main party has led Malaysia since independence, appeared to promise continuity and stability. Prime Minister Najib Razak...

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03 May Nations are no longer driving globalization- cities are

Urbanization has already declared itself the mega-trend of the 21st century, with half the world’s population now living in cities for the first time in human history. While the implications for economic growth have been widely discussed, urbanization’s impact on diplomacy and sovereignty will be...

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29 Apr Hazy issues cast a pall yet again

The Indonesian economy continues to do well, attracting Singapore investors to look southwards. Yet there was a cloud over the otherwise convivial bilateral retreat held last week between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The haze resulting from fires in the...

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18 Apr Private Meeting with Ambassador David L. Carden

ASEAN is working towards the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) in 2015, with a single market and production base. ASEAN firms stand to benefit from freer access to other ASEAN countries and greater economies of scale. But the development of the AEC is...

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16 Apr Private Meeting with the Center for New American Security

This informal meeting aims to share Asian views on the US rebalancing to Asia with visitors from the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).The Obama administration first announced its renewed policy focus on Asia in 2011, but the region has seen new political and...

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11 Apr The coming culture contest

Signs are that questions of culture are returning to Singapore, albeit differently. The Government is continuing and growing programmes for the arts, sports and heritage, and each of their intrinsic worth must be recognised. But these are also important components of a larger picture about what...

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11 Apr Japanese companies must adapt to a changed Asia

Japanese interest in South and Southeast Asia is surging for both economic and political reasons. Yet, while welcome by many in the region, the reasons for this renewed focus must be considered. There are also new factors that the Japanese must look at and adapt...

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08 Apr What makes a S’porean? A debate returns

Debate has returned, for both the Government and citizens, about what it means to be Singaporean. The issues do not relate only to culture and the arts, but have broader implications for the political and economic paradigms in Singapore as well. What spurs this resurgence of a...

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