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Commentary: How ASEAN can best address the impacts of COVID-19
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COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented costs for ASEAN and the world in terms of human lives and economic growth. In this article for the Journal of Greater Mekong Studies, Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of the SIIA, and Sarah Loh, Policy Research Analyst (ASEAN), discussed...

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Commentary: Singapore & COVID-19
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By Simon Tay and Sarah Loh For the Asia Media Centre The COVID-19 pandemic has affected lives and livelihoods across the world, but there has been little global leadership. Each country has responded in its own way and primarily with its own resources, and with varying outcomes. As...

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Commentary: Singapore as a hub – Renewing Asean’s relevance
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For the Straits Times  The region is entering a difficult period with pandemic numbers climbing and closed borders hitting business, trade and tourism. Economies are slowing or even contracting. Some voices in neighbouring countries are turning towards nationalism and protectionism - becoming...

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Commentary: Why Covid-19 could complicate haze prevention
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By Meixi Gan and Aaron Choo For The Straits Times Although the Covid-19 pandemic has dominated headlines in 2020, it is unfortunately not the only danger to public health that Singapore and Southeast Asia face this year. With the return of the dry season, there is a...

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Commentary: Singapore GE2020 – Global concerns, national elections
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times Diverse issues are coming into play for Singapore's upcoming general election. Some concern the pandemic and responses in recent months, while others relate to longer-term issues. While there are geopolitical considerations, elections often focus attention on domestic issues. To some, geopolitical...

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Commentary: Why Asia should worry as Nov 3 draws nearer
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By Simon Tay For The Straits Times In five months, Americans will elect their president. Predictions vary whether incumbent Donald Trump can win a second term. While much of the attention right now is on the Trump administration's responses to the Black Lives Matter protests, the effects...

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Commentary: As the US and China clash, what can other countries do?
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By Simon Tay and Jessica Wau For South China Morning Post The coronavirus pandemic has been global in reach and impact, yet cooperation has been anything but. National governments largely fend for themselves, for better or worse. The absence of global cooperation is, moreover, not a simple...