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The Impact of Fake News and Disinformation on Indonesian Politics
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The spread of fake news is an online fixture with real implications, as Indonesia has recently experienced. Stories that pandered to nationalism and religious conservatism had simmered in the country for years, bubbling over in instances such as the 2017 Jakarta Gubernatorial election. During the...

SIIA-Clingendael Dialogue: Enhancing EU-Singapore Connectivity
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Building on the success of the first EU-Singapore think tank dialogue in January 2019 on security cooperation, the second in a series of four high-level think tank dialogues will focus on identifying concrete actions to deepen EU-Singapore cooperation in the realm of connectivity – specifically...

[Premium] Country Update: 8 June – 19 June 2019
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Indonesia   Jokowi Meets Business Leaders to Discuss Leveraging the Trade War (12 June) President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” met with industry leaders to ask for policy suggestions on how to help Indonesia benefit the most from the trade war. Indonesia has already begun to feel the effects of...

[Premium] Digital Economy Update: 23 May – 14 June 2019
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Tech Business & Policy   Thai Telecom Regulator Neutral in US-China Tech Trade War (4,11 Jun) Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has established a neutral policy on the country’s 5G development plans, in the hopes of attracting both China’s Huawei and U.S.-based vendors to develop the...

[Premium] Country Update: 25 May – 7 June 2019
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Indonesia Prabowo Ally Kivlan Zen to Be Questioned for Treason, Role in Assassination Plot (28 May) Kivlan Zen, a retired Army general and ardent supporter of Prabowo Subianto, has been in police custody since 29 May for treason allegations and his alleged role in an assassination plot...

Commentary: Ending coal financing, and jump-starting sustainability
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By Simon Tay and Lau Xin Yi All major Singapore banks recently announced that they will stop financing new coal-fired power plants. This is significant in aligning Singapore as a financial hub with the position of many Western financial institutions. But it opens up more questions...

“The Future of Europe” with Greek Foreign Minister Mr. George Katrougalos
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Event Details Topic: The Future of Europe Date: Wednesday, 29th May 2019 Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm (Registration begins at 5:30pm, talk commences at 6:00pm.) Venue: Singapore Institute of International Affairs 60A Orchard Road (Level 4M) Tower 1, The Atrium @ Orchard, International Involvement Hub, Singapore 238890 Dress Code: Office Attire Programme: 5:30pm     Registration 6:00pm     Opening Remarks 6:05pm     Keynote on "The Future...

[Premium] Country Update: 11 May – 24 May 2019
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Indonesia   KPU: Jokowi Wins the 2019 Presidential Election (21 May) The General Elections Commission (KPU) announced that incumbent President Joko Widodo “Jokowi” won the 2019 presidential election early on Tuesday morning, 21 May. The results were in line with unofficial counts conducted by reputable pollsters such...

[Premium] Digital Economy Update: 9 May – 22 May 2019
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Tech Business & Policy   Singapore to roll out at least two 5G networks by 2020 (8 May, 13 May) Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) plans to roll out at least two 5G networks in Singapore by 2020, to enable 5G-enabled applications such as driverless cars.  The...