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Fighting of fires must continue under blue skies
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Blue skies breed amnesia. With the clear skies, many may now struggle to recall the urgency and anger over the smoke haze pollution in the region. Last year was one of the worst on historical record for fires and it was barely six months ago that...

SIIA Chairman Simon Tay quoted on US-ASEAN Summit
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Obama Staking Asia Policy On ASEAN Sunnylands Summit [Forbes, 14 Feb 2016] "Diplomatically, symbolically, this is putting ASEAN—10 medium-size and smaller countries—virtually on par on China, which is a great acknowledgement of the distance ASEAN has come since past years," said SIIA Chairman Simon Tay. For the...

Could ASEAN form a common identity?
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted in a Channel NewsAsia feature on ASEAN's vision of a shared regional identity. Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs Simon Tay said: "Singaporeans are pragmatics. Just as we turn to China, if we really see that ASEAN -...

Foreigners can own up to 67% of Indonesian firms
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SIIA Deputy Director Cheryl Tan was quoted in The Straits Times on 12 Feb 2016, commenting on new Indonesian reforms to liberalise the country's economy, including allowing foreigners to own a majority stake of up to 67 per cent of businesses in Indonesia's healthcare and...

ASEAN-US Summit Viewed as More Symbolic Than Substantive
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay and SIIA Fellow Lim Chin Leng were quoted by Voice of America on 10 Feb 2016, regarding the upcoming special US-ASEAN summit hosted by US President Barack Obama. “This being the last year of President Obama in office, I'm not particular strong...

Keeping ASEAN united: What the US can and cannot do
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ASEAN leaders will soon converge in the United States for a Summit with President Barack Obama. The Sunnylands summit, late into Mr Obama’s last year in office, is a marker of the American pivot to the region. His administration should be credited with giving closer...

SIIA ranked highly in global index for fourth year running
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MEDIA RELEASE Singapore’s oldest think tank also ranked tops in categories recognising new paradigms and ideas and public engagement Singapore, 02 February 2016 – For the fourth year running, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) has been ranked among the top Asian think tanks in the...