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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...

From Lima to Paris 2015 – Working towards a climate deal
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The SIIA attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 20th Session of the Conference of Parties (COP20) at Lima, Peru, from 1st to 12th December 2014. This article recounts the proceedings of the two weeks conference and provides an insight on the...

Why is Japan holding its general election early?
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Japan will go to the polls on Sunday, 14 December, following Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's call for a snap general election – two years ahead of schedule. Officially, Mr. Abe is seeking a fresh mandate from the public, and has characterised the vote as a...

Inclusive connectivity the way forward for Asean
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Inclusive connectivity will create many opportunities for Asean to step into a more advanced future, a panel discussion heard last week during the Asean Business and Investment Summit held in Nay Pyi Taw. David Carden, partner-in-charge of Asia, Jones Day, and former US ambassador to Asean,...

Can Lima pave the way for a real climate deal in Paris?
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While all signs seem to point in the right direction, the outcome of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (UNCCC) negotiations in Lima next month will give us a better indication of whether we can truly expect a global climate agreement in 2015. The Durban...