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A Future Ready ASEAN: Creating an Inclusive Digital Ecosystem
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With a rising middle class and a rapidly growing population of internet users, ASEAN states are poised to reap the windfalls of the coming digital age. To explore the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy for the region, the SIIA hosted a two-day workshop,...

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The EU and ASEAN in Uncertain Times: Multilateralism, Tensions, and Trade
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The European Union is currently facing a wide range of challenges, including a difficult relationship with the United States, Brexit, tensions with Russia, and a migrant crisis linked to instability in the Middle East. Is multilateralism dead, or are there ways to strengthen international cooperation?...

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Singapore’s Role in ASEAN’s Sustainable Infrastructure
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The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is often lauded as the new growth frontier blessed with a growing young working population and massive economic opportunities. As the regional bloc moves towards economic integration, better infrastructure and connectivity is needed to facilitate greater movement of...

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E-Commerce Meets Smart Cities: Expanding the Digital Silk Road in ASEAN
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E-commerce and “smart cities” initiatives in ASEAN are increasingly being co-developed by both Chinese and ASEAN players as part of the larger “digital silk road”. What are the implications for ASEAN? A recent case study in Thailand reveals a two-fold answer: ASEAN must align national...

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Understanding the “Digital Silk Road”: Implications for ASEAN
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The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is about more than physical infrastructure. Beyond the fanfare about ports and railways, the BRI has a technological counterpart with far-reaching consequences for Southeast Asia – the “digital silk road”. While traditional infrastructure has been in the spotlight, the digital...

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100 Days Later: An Initial Assessment of Malaysia’s New Government
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100 days have elapsed since Pakatan Harapan (PH) defeated the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition during Malaysia’s 14th General Election, and set out to fulfil its electoral promises. But what remains to be done, and how have domestic audiences reacted to their policies? We had...