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Prioritising the Rights of Migrant Workers: What Can ASEAN Do?
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Slowing growth, rising unemployment, and increased inequality have fuelled a rise in populist anti-globalisation sentiment, especially in Western countries – as demonstrated by Brexit and last year’s US Presidential Election. As ASEAN celebrates its golden jubilee, more attention needs to be paid to the people...

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Making independent smallholder farmers part of the greening process
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What can the palm oil industry do to “green” its supply chain? What are some of the obstacles to greater sustainability? The SIIA travels to Riau to see what one palm oil company is doing to ensure its products are sustainable, and how independent smallholders...

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Diversity and Inclusion: The Role of Social Harmony in National Security
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Singapore prides itself as being a multicultural nation. But issues of race and religion remain sensitive topics. On 12 September, we held a Global Citizens Singapore session on "Diversity and Inclusion: The Role of Social Harmony in National Security" at the McCann Worldgroup premises in...

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Large States and Small States in a Changing World Order
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The Qatar diplomatic crisis has sparked a debate in Singapore on the appropriate behaviour of small states. On 31 August, we held an evening talk with Professor Danny Quah, Vice Dean (Academic Affairs) and Li Ka Shing Professor in Economics at the Lee Kuan Yew...

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Beyond FTAs: focusing on NTMs to further aid ASEAN’s trade in goods
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At the recently concluded 30th ASEAN Summit, ASEAN leaders reaffirmed the need to increase intra-regional trade and investment. The grouping’s move to strengthen its trade and investment linkages comes at a time when many fear that there is a growing inward-looking mood in several of...

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CLMV countries must go beyond regional integration
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Dubbed South-east Asia’s last frontier market, Myanmar has been one of ASEAN’s most high-profile destinations for investors since the country’s opening. There are concerns about the pace of reform in Myanmar, but according to preliminary results from a survey conducted by the Singapore Institute of...

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China’s BRI “White Paper”: ASEAN’s highway to prosperity
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On 21 July, Singapore launched the first Belt and Road Multi-Cultural Studies Centre as a joint initiative between the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) and the Overseas Education College (OEC) of China’s Xiamen University. This move is a timely one, given the increasing...

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‘Qatarstrophe’: no cause for panic for ASEAN, at least in the short run
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Last week, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Bahrain severed diplomatic ties with Qatar and cut off the country’s land, sea and air links. The Saudi-led coalition cite Doha’s support for ‘terrorist’ groups and Iran, charges Qatar calls "baseless". While the long-term...