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Climate Summit 2014: What to Expect

Q: Let's start talking about how likely it is that any kind of global consensus on climate change can actually be reached at this time?  Wilson: Hi, good morning. Yes, thank you for the question. I think what is important to take note is that at...

ASEAN: Toward a common voice
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A united geopolitical voice would give the Association of Southeast Asian Nations a bigger global role, says Simon Tay, the chairman of the Singapore Institute of International Affairs. As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its ten member states join in the establishment of...

Plugging gaps in the law to fight haze
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The haze law passed by Singapore last month to punish polluters who cause the haze could have been put to its first test if the Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) had stayed above 100 for a few more hours early this week. Many of us in Singapore...

Violence gone viral: Stopping Support for IS in ASEAN
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The sale of Islamic State (IS) flags in Singapore may simply be an isolated incident. But it is a reminder that the conflict in Iraq and Syria has real implications for our region. There are IS supporters in Southeast Asia with the long-term goal of...

What’s next for Indonesia after ratification?
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Will Indonesia’s ratification of the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze help our fight against the long-standing public health and environmental crisis? The SIIA deputy director Chua Chin Wei tackled the question in this interview with Lianhe Zaobao. Q: What will the next steps be for Indonesia following...

Legal enforcement still crucial after haze pact ratified
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SINGAPORE: Legal experts in Singapore say Indonesia's ratification of the haze pact is a step forward for both Indonesia and ASEAN, but it is the implementation on the ground that will determine if the agreement has teeth. Indonesia's Parliament on Tuesday (16 Sep) voted to ratify...

Myanmar’s cancelled by-elections
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The decision to scrap Myanmar’s by-elections at the end of this year came as a surprise to the country’s political parties, who had been gearing up to contest the 35 empty seats in Parliament. However, there is nothing political behind the election commission’s decision to cancel...

Asia a bad backup for Russia’s gas exports
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The crisis in Ukraine has raised the possibility of Russia cutting off its natural gas supply to the European Union (EU) to retaliate against Western sanctions. But will Russia really do that at the expense of its gas income?  If it does, will it be...

Indonesia finally ratifies 2002 haze pact
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SINGAPORE — Twelve years after signing the regional haze pact, Indonesia’s Parliament gave its unanimous approval yesterday to ratify the pact, offering a glimmer of hope that more would be done to ensure fewer haze episodes for Singapore and other neighbouring countries. In doing so, Indonesia...