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Commentary: Why Asia should worry as Nov 3 draws nearer
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times In five months, Americans will elect their president. Predictions vary whether incumbent Donald Trump can win a second term. While much of the attention right now is on the Trump administration's responses to the Black Lives Matter protests, the effects...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Global Overview (8 June 2020)
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As COVID-19 outbreaks in ASEAN countries are coming under control, governments are easing movement restrictions. Many, like Singapore, are proceeding with multi-stage or gradual reopening plans, wary of the economic toll that domestic restrictions have taken but concerned about the prospect of a second wave...

Infographic: Why did the haze return in 2019?
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In May last year, the SIIA launched the SIIA Haze Outlook report to understand the probability of severe transboundary haze in the region. Two weeks ago, we reviewed the various causes of transboundary haze in 2019. This week, let us take a look at the...

Getting Back in Business: China’s Recovery from COVID-19
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Months after the COVID-19 outbreak started, hope has begun to emerge from China. The speed and scale of China’s efforts to address the pandemic and its economic effects have been breath-taking, and its recovery is being keenly observed. However, concerns remain. The slow pace of...

Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions
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Hopes were high for Indonesian President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” as he entered his second term in 2019. Jokowi aimed to make Indonesia more attractive to foreign investors through a series of “omnibus” bills, In addition, infrastructure drive and anti-corruption efforts from his first term were...

Infographic: Covid-19 – Global Overview (1 June 2020)
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Countries across ASEAN continued to ease their policies over the past week, but with a degree of caution. Thailand extended its state of emergency until the end of June even as it eased its movement restrictions, while Indonesia is deploying military and police personnel to...

Webinar | Derailed? COVID-19’s Implications for Jokowi’s Ambitions
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Sypnopsis Indonesian President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” began his second term in office with lofty ambitions. Adding human capital development to his previous focus on infrastructure, Jokowi also pushed for the passage of numerous omnibus laws to make Indonesia more attractive to investors. However, the COVID-19 pandemic...