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MTI Academy Speaker Series: Politics of Trade Policy
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Free Trade Agreements have come under scrutiny in the recent decade. On 11 August 2021, Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, spoke at the MTI Academy Speaker Series where he shared about the Politics of Trade Policy. Prof Tay highlighted how the role...

ASEAN’s big test as it marks another anniversary
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wa'u For The Straits Times Festive celebrations are scarce during this pandemic period and can sometimes even seem inappropriate. For Asean, which marks the 54th anniversary of its founding tomorrow, it is a grim birthday blighted by Covid-19 and the crisis...

ASEAN Day
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The ASEAN region is struggling from another deadly wave of the pandemic, spurred by the Delta variant. As ASEAN commemorates it 54th year of founding today, the SIIA takes a look at the significance of ASEAN as a regional bloc, the latest wave of COVID-19...

Myanmar Corporate Briefing
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ASEAN has picked Brunei’s Second Foreign Minister Erywan Yusof as the special envoy to Myanmar to mediate the conflict.  On 5 August 2021, the SIIA held its corporate briefing on Myanmar for the Institute’s Roundtable and Corporate members. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the...

EU goes green: acceptance, inspiration, or scepticism?
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By Gan Meixi and Fang Eu-Lin For The Business Times The European Union (EU) recently announced a set of policy proposals that aim to give the region a strong start in redirecting the domestic and global economy towards a zero-carbon world. The so-called "Fit for 55" plan aims...

Indonesia in Crisis: Pandemic, Politics and Economic Stresses

On Wednesday, 28 July 2021, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) organised the webinar, “Indonesia in Crisis: Pandemic, Politics and Economic Stresses” to understand the challenges Indonesia will have to face in the coming months and how Southeast Asia’s largest country will emerge from...

[PREMIUM] Country Updates (22 July-4 Aug 2021)
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  ASEAN Key Economies COVID-19 status as of 2 Aug Country Share of population fully vaccinated Share of population partially vaccinated Total vaccine doses administered Number of Covid-19 cases**  Singapore 58.9%* 14.8%* 7.7 million 65,315 Indonesia 7.6% 9.8% 68.62 million 3,496,700 Malaysia 22.2% 22.5% 21.67 million 1,163,291 Thailand 5.7% 14.6% 18.2 million 652,185 Vietnam 0.7% 5.7% 6.96 million 170,190 Myanmar NA NA NA 311,067 Sources: Our World in Data, Worldometer, Straits Times. *As of 1 Aug, **As of...

How Singapore can step up SE Asia’s low-carbon push (The Straits Times)
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The energy transition in ASEAN will require finance, technology and flexibility. Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA said, "Decarbonisation and addressing climate concerns must be framed not as cost, but as opportunity, and entrepreneurship will be as important as environmentalism." Read the article...