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Will Malaysia meet expectations as ASEAN’s chair?
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Malaysia is in the spotlight this year. Global spectators are conscious that the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) will happen under PM Najib’s watch. Malaysia is under pressure to perform, but her chairmanship comes at a time when Malaysia is faced with economic...

Betting on Myanmar’s opening
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For a while, when Myanmar opened after decades of isolation and sanctions, it seemed that the government could do no wrong as American and European governments rushed to embrace the country. Now, headlines from the West show that little or nothing seems right. What was supposed...

Chinese Leadership facing up to toxic Air
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Former state TV news anchor and journalist Ms Chai Jing’s documentary “Under the Dome” has enjoyed much fanfare among the Chinese public as well as their political leaders, including Minister Chen Jining from the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The minister was quoted as saying that the documentary...

Tackling haze: Look beyond words to action taken
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The recurring haze from fires in Indonesia has returned, visibly and early, even if not as thickly as in past years. The politics around the issue may also heat up following a recent comment by Indonesia’s Vice-President Jusuf Kalla. The respected political veteran last week chided...

Singapore can do more for low carbon future: UN Climate Change Chief
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Singapore can do more to direct public fund and private capital to high-tech, low-carbon investments, said Ms Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). She urged state-linked investment companies as well as sovereign wealth and pension fund managers here...

3-on-3 with Manu Bhaskaran: Low commodity prices – curse or blessing

Mr Manu Bhaskaran is the founding CEO of the Centennial Group’s Singapore subsidiary, Centennial Asia Advisors, and a Council Member of the SIIA. He is also an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. We asked him for his views...

Issues to ponder as Budget looks to the future
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The previous Budget and recent government schemes such as the Pioneer Generation Package and Silver Support Scheme focused on the needs of older citizens and retirees. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said the new Budget to be announced today will build...

Future50 – China in Asia: The Past, Future, and Singapore’s Responses
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On Tuesday 31 March, the Singapore Institute of International Affairs organised a Future50 (F50) session on “China in Asia: The Past, Future, and Singapore’s Responses” at the Singapore Management University Admin Building, Mochtar Riady Auditorium, featuring remarks from Professor Wang Gungwu, Chairman, East Asian Institute...

Jokowi makes shaky start, but promise still holds
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When expectations are raised, there is often a rush to judgment and a resulting disappointment. That was always the risk with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, whose election victory was hailed as a landmark moment and a break from the old elite...

SIIA ranked among top Asian think tanks for third year running
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Singapore, 23 January 2015 – The Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) was ranked among the top Asian think tanks for the third year running in the 2014 Global Go To Think Tank Index, an annual ranking compiled by the University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil...