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9th ASEAN and Asia Forum
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The drivers of growth in Asia are evolving. To stay ahead of the curve, ASEAN leaders are embarking on innovation-led growth, reforming their economies to become more open to foreign investment and trade. Promoting greater connectivity and gaining access to emerging regional supply chains have also...

The New US Leadership: Implications for Asia
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In November, the United States will select its next President. How is the race shaping up? What are the implications for the rest of the world? On Wednesday 17 August, we hosted three leading commentators from across the political spectrum: Kyle D. Kondik, Director of Communications,...

How will S China Sea dispute affect businesses in Asean?
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Controversies over the South China Sea have dominated headlines, especially after last month’s decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration, brought by the Philippines and denounced by China. But many businesses may look on more quizzically. What is the impact on the bottom line? Will...

National Service’s crucial role in fight against terror
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The recent spate of terror-related incidents around the world has created an atmosphere of alarm and pessimism in many quarters. Due to the geographical spread of the attacks, which include those directed or inspired by the so-called Islamic State terror group, Singapore’s leaders have sought to...

ASEAN hits 49th anniversary
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted by CNBC's Cheang Ming in an article on ASEAN's 49th Anniversary in August. Asean was originally founded on August 8, 1967, through the signing of the Bangkok Declaration by Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand to promote economic cooperation...

SIIA Chairman Simon Tay quoted in The Straits Times on PM Lee’s US visit
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As an advertisement for the strength of US-Singapore ties, the past few days are perhaps without parallel. Singapore Institute of International Affairs Chairman Simon Tay said the relationship goes beyond who is currently occupying the Oval Office: "For the relationship to endure, it is not just...

What Asean did right: Compromise
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) has again come under criticism, this time for failing to refer in a joint communique to the recent judgment by the Permanent Court of Arbitration on competing claims in the South China Sea. Cambodia has been singled out as...