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Commentary: Echoes of a tumult… from South-east Asia 50 years ago
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times  Looking back at a 50-year time arc, we may today borrow wisdom and take courage for the times ahead Brace yourself for another year of tumult. Geopolitical shifts are ongoing between one great incumbent power and another emergent. The United States...

EU-Singapore Dialogue Highlights Video

As both Europe and Asia seek to achieve green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation on climate action between the European Union (EU) and Singapore will be critical in a post-pandemic world. This was the key message that speakers conveyed at the EU-Singapore Dialogue on...

Myanmar Beyond 2020: Economic Reform Priorities and Investment Opportunities
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In the last decade, Myanmar has reopened its economy and has captured the interest of foreign investors. Having recently concluded its elections, Myanmar is in the process of forming its next government. What will the new government’s economic reform priorities be? On 15 December 2020, Associate...

7th SDSWR Highlights Video

Southeast Asia faces not only immediate shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic, but also long-term sustainability challenges. Financing conservation efforts is key to green recovery and resilience in Southeast Asia, which is expected to be among the worst-hit regions by climate change. These were the key...

ESG in Practice: COVID-19 Effects on ESG
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Read more about how the COVID-19 pandemic is potentially impacting the ESG practices of companies in the agribusiness and forestry sectors in our latest report, “ESG in Practice: A Closer Look at Sustainability in ASEAN’s Palm Oil and Pulpwood Sector”.  ...

13th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) Dialogue
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The 13th ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZ) Dialogue hosted by Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia was held virtually yesterday, 7 December 2020. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, SIIA opened the session by highlighting ASEAN’s achievements as well as the challenges that remain in tackling...

Post-Elections in Myanmar: Reforms and Opportunities Ahead

The end of Myanmar’s military rule in 2011 brought high expectations from its citizens and the international community. While, Myanmar has not met all expectations, Ms. Thiri Thant Mon, Managing Partner, Pegu Partners, Myanmar, argued that this is part of the democratic process and we...