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Towards a Regional Nuclear Energy Safety Regime in Southeast Asia
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SIIA Executive Director Nicholas Fang wrote a chapter for a new book, "Mapping State and Non-State Actors' Responses to Nuclear Energy in Southeast Asia", edited by Mr. Nur Azha Putra of the Energy Studies Institute and Dr. Mely Caballero-Anthony of NTU. The book discusses policy issues...

Understanding Duterte’s Policy Moves: What can Asia expect?
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made headlines since taking office - and has sparked a sudden interest in the Philippines. On Wednesday 23 November, we held an evening talk with Mr. David Timberman, Lee Kong Chian Research Fellow, National University of Singapore and Stanford University, examining...

Indonesia-Singapore retreat: Building trust on three issues
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When Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo meets Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today, it will be their first-ever bilateral retreat. There will be plenty to discuss between the leaders of the two countries. Both are making efforts to cooperate, yet — as with all...

SIIA: A year in review
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A look at the SIIA’s 2016 & how you can support our efforts   With the U.S. Presidential Elections, BREXIT, the South China Sea ruling, climate change, and inauguration of new leaders in Philippines, Taiwan and Myanmar, 2016 has been an exciting year for international affairs, and...

SIIA Dinner: Bright spots in a dark world
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On 10 Nov 2016, we held our SIIA Dinner 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel Singapore. Our guest of honour was Mr. Ong Ye Kung, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence. The theme for the evening was "Bright Spots in a Dark World",...

TPP in dire straits as US voters turn their backs on trade
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay spoke to TODAY on the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership and US trade relations with Asia, in the wake of Donald Trump's win in the US Presidential Election. The election of Mr Donald Trump into the Oval Office could spell the death...

Asia takes in Trump’s ascent
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SIIA Council Member Manu Bhaskaran, and SIIA Honorary Member Tommy Koh and SIIA Chairman Simon Tay were quoted in the Nikkei Asian Review on Donald Trump's victory in the US Presidential Election and the implications of a Trump Presidency for Asia. As Donald Trump spoke to...

Regional Peat Restoration Workshop
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On October 27, 2016, SIIA and the Indonesian Forum for Conservation Communication (FKKI) organised the Regional Peat Restoration Workshop in Jakarta. This was the first NGO-led workshop to bring together civil society organisations, private sector representatives, academics, development agencies, and other stakeholders to discuss the...