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The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – The Strategic Importance
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Even though the AEC is just three months away from being launched, there has been scepticism associated with ASEAN leaders’ ability to bring the AEC into fruition.  Despite the benefits that the AEC may bring to ASEAN, domestic challenges still remain. In spite of the...

SIIA Chairman Simon Tay quoted on S’pore GE2015 in Bangkok Post
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was quoted in a Bangkok Post commentary on the Singapore General Election 2015 by Achara Ashayagachat. Simon Tay, chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs, has warned Singapore's ability to play the great game - helping steer the global economic recovery...

Confusion clouds regional cooperation to fight haze
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It is clear that the haze from fires burning in Indonesia has returned and is worsening. On Tuesday last week (Aug 25), visibility in Palembang, the provincial capital of South Sumatra, was down to about 300m. The count of possible fire hot spots has risen...

Myanmar 2015 elections – what to expect?
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This year’s elections mark a significant milestone in Myanmar’s history.  There is a growing thirst for change in Myanmar, and the party that wins the popular vote will be tasked to set the tone for the future of democracy in the country. The future of...

Focus on the future in this SG50 election
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The adage is that all politics is local and elections are too often nasty and short-sighted. For the General Election (GE) scheduled for Sept 11, these characteristics may well dominate the hustings. Rumours and blog sites tend to amplify these tendencies. Take, for example, the recent...

President Xi Jinping’s White House Visit: Implications for ASEAN
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On September 25, China’s President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama. It is expected that they may discuss both issues of contention and cooperation in Sino-American relations. While ASEAN may not be mentioned,...

SG50: The past, the present and the future
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Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs and Mr. Frank Lavin, Former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore discuss Singapore's journey to success over the past 50 years, in this segment for CNBC's '50 on the Dot' programme. Singapore Then & Now Mr. Lavin: The fundamental...

How Singapore Transformed Itself in Just 50 Years
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SIIA Chairman Simon Tay was interviewed by Bloomberg's Haslinda Amin on "First Up" on Singapore's history and SG50, on how this little red dot has become so successful. A transcript of the interview, originally broadcast on 6 August, is available below. Q. Many people credit Singapore's policies ...

3-on-3 Evan Feigenbaum: US needs a robust Southeast Asian strategy

We spoke with Dr. Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Dr. Feigenbaum gave an evening talk at the SIIA on the subject of "What is the USA's role in Asia's new order?" on 22 July 2015. We asked...

3-on-3 with Cherian George: Singapore’s Future

As the Republic turns 50 years old, questions have arisen on whether Singapore is well-equipped to adapt to emerging challenges both at home and abroad. We spoke to Dr. Cherian George, Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, on his views on the changing...