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11th ASEAN & Asia Forum: Charting ASEAN towards a Sustainable and Digital Future
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Singapore is chairing ASEAN at a time when there are new risks posed to economic growth. Growing trade disputes, heightened geopolitical volatility and a protectionist USA have collectively exposed economies to different financial vulnerabilities. The future economic order remains uncertain and export oriented economies in...

E-Commerce Meets Smart Cities: Expanding the Digital Silk Road in ASEAN
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E-commerce and “smart cities” initiatives in ASEAN are increasingly being co-developed by both Chinese and ASEAN players as part of the larger “digital silk road”. What are the implications for ASEAN? A recent case study in Thailand reveals a two-fold answer: ASEAN must align national...

Understanding the “Digital Silk Road”: Implications for ASEAN
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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about more than physical infrastructure. Beyond the fanfare about ports and railways, the BRI has a technological counterpart with far-reaching consequences for Southeast Asia – the “digital silk road”. While traditional infrastructure has been in the spotlight, the digital...

3-on-3 with Dr Oh Ei Sun: An Initial Assessment of Malaysia’s New Government

100 days have elapsed since Pakatan Harapan defeated the ruling Barisan National coalition during Malaysia’s 14th General Election. The SIIA hosted an evening talk on Malaysia’s new government, featuring views from Dr. Oh Ei Sun, Senior Advisor for International Affairs, Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute...

100 Days Later: An Initial Assessment of Malaysia’s New Government
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100 days have elapsed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) defeated the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition during Malaysia’s 14th General Election, and set out to fulfil its electoral promises. But what remains to be done, and how have domestic audiences reacted to their policies? We had...

100 Days Later – An Initial Assessment of Malaysia’s New Government
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    100 days have elapsed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) defeated the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition during Malaysia’s 14th General Election, and set out to fulfil its electoral promises. But what remains to be done, and how have domestic audiences reacted to their policies? We had a...

Moon’s Singapore Visit Shifts Strategic Weight to ASEAN
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On 11 July 2018, South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Singapore for a three-day state visit, the first by a South Korean president in fifteen years. Following the historic summit between the United States and North Korea a month ago, Mr. Moon’s visit to...

Commentary: Inoculating Singapore Against Foreign Influences
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Simon Tay For The Straits Times Controversy about Sino-Singapore relations is resurfacing. Veteran diplomat Bilahari Kausikan reportedly warned that China “wants you to think in such a way that you will, of your own volition, do what it wants without being told.” China’s Ambassador to Singapore, Hong...