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Commentaries

Commentary: Changing climate risk to opportunity
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By Simon Tay and Meixi Gan For The Straits Times The world last year suffered many outsized fires, which are recurring this year in the Amazon and parts of the United States. This year, South-east Asia has largely been spared the fires and haze that often trouble...

Commentary: ASEAN needs to act on Mekong River
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By Chen Chen Lee For Bangkok Post  Two events happened last month that went largely unnoticed by most of the mainstream media in Southeast Asia. One was the third Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting between China and the five Mekong members of Asean -- Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...