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Infographic- ASEAN’s Race to Vaccinate (Thailand)
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The first shipment of Sinovac’s Covid-19 vaccine will arrive in Bangkok from Beijing today as Thailand ramps up its efforts to vaccinate its population. Thailand is among the last few countries in ASEAN to receive shipments of the vaccine and is the only Southeast Asian...

Webinar | One Year On – Vaccines, New Variants & Economic Prospects
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Synopsis It has now been a year since COVID-19 was first recognised as a pandemic, and the crisis is far from over. More infectious variants of the virus are continuing to emerge, with fresh waves of infections forcing new lockdowns across the world. Many are optimistic...

Corporate Briefing: Myanmar’s Moving Political Situation
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Myanmar has captured the world’s attention, following the declaration of a state of emergency by the military and detention of key political leaders from the NLD government. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, held a briefing yesterday for the Institute’s corporate members on...

Countries should maximise cooperation on climate action
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By Simon Tay and Aaron Choo For The Business Times Despite the pandemic and economic downturn, many governments and larger companies across the world are still moving ahead with action against climate change. The European Union (EU) redoubled its commitment to green recovery from the pandemic with a...

Japan in balancing act with U.S. over sanctions on Myanmar (Kyodo News)
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Broad sanctions against Myanmar should be avoided as they harm ordinary citizens, according to Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. In an interview with Kyodo News, he said, "Targeted sanctions, already in place, can continue against the generals, and...

Infographic- ASEAN’s Race to Vaccinate (Indonesia)
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Indonesia has begun its mass vaccination campaign. Here’s a look at Indonesia’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out to date. Looking for more insights on ASEAN’s race to vaccinate? On 23 February 2021 at 5pm, the SIIA will be hosting a webinar, "One Year On: Vaccines, New Variants and...

Myanmar crisis: How should other countries respond?
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Time (By Invitation) The military intervention in Myanmar this week is leading many outsiders to consider an appropriate response. The new Biden administration in the United States and the European Union (EU) are evaluating economic sanctions. In contrast, others including neighbouring China,...

The Year Ahead: Focus Remains on the Pandemic and Economic Recovery
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Even with the turn of a new year, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt acutely across the world. Economic recovery remains a priority for ASEAN member states but depends very much on the effectiveness of each country’s response to the pandemic....

Myanmar: What was it like growing up under military rule? (BBC)
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Myanmar’s military intervention and detention of Aung San Suu Kyi and senior party officials in the last week is reminiscent of politics in Myanmar in the 1980s. What was life like under the Junta rule? In an interview with BBC, Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman...