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A perfect storm: Fire, haze and a global health crisis (CIFOR)
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ASEAN is on the brink of the regional wildfire season, which usually peaks in August and September, according to this article by CIFOR. There are concerns that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic could boost the incidence and severity of uncontrolled fires, if mobility limitations...

Infographic: Rising Global Protectionism and Populism
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Populism poses significant challenges in maintaining solidarity and promoting ASEAN Centrality in the global economy. Unlike Europe and the US, populism in Southeast Asia is less about immigration, economic decline, and trade, and more on religious and ethnic divides, and countering drug trafficking. However, populism...

ASEAN Business Forum: Navigating ASEAN Beyond COVID-19
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As talk of vaccines becomes more commonplace, world leaders are already looking towards the future and emerging from the pandemic stronger than before. ASEAN countries are no different – as infection numbers begin to fall, economic recovery is on everyone’s mind. Yet, challenges remain. The...

Haze Outlook: “Sustainability efforts must continue”
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In August 2016, following the 2015 haze crisis, ASEAN set the goal of achieving a haze-free region by 2020. In our recent Haze Outlook report, the SIIA warns that a severe transboundary haze remains a risk this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Regardless of...

Infographic: Rules-based international order under stress
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The rise of an assertive China and a decline in American global leadership has challenged the rules-based international order in the Asia Pacific that ASEAN has grown accustomed to and prospered under. The global and regional norms as well as security and economic institutions have...

New Horizons: Renewed Concerns in ASEAN and Key Economies
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The second high-level roundtable discussion in the SIIA’s New Horizons series focused on “Renewed Concerns in ASEAN and Key Economies”, where we looked at some of the key trends and concerns emerging from the ASEAN region following the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Aladdin...

Haze Outlook: “Being able to breathe clean air is a basic need”
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Southeast Asia is not a stranger to the transboundary haze, a recurring air problem that poses serious health hazards and contributes significantly to climate change. In our recent Haze Outlook report, the SIIA warns that a severe transboundary haze remains a risk this year because...

Infographic: Crisis Preparation and Climate Change
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The biggest challenges facing ASEAN are crisis preparation and climate change. From 2004 to 2014, half of the global disaster fatalities were ASEAN citizens. The economic impact of natural disasters such as floods, tsunamis, earthquakes, have resulted in US$91 billion of economic damage. Climate risk and...