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Was Trump’s Asia Tour a Success?
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US President Donald Trump says last month’s tour of Asia was a success. Was it? We held a talk last evening, on Friday 8 December, with Dr. Elvin Lim, Associate Professor of Political Science, National University of Singapore and Dr. Huang Chin-Hao, Assistant Professor, Head...

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Leveraging on ASEAN’s growing economy to tackle an ageing population
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Countries around the world are facing an ageing population – including the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASEAN countries do have a growing young working population, but the proportion of older citizens is also increasing, driven by better medical care and...

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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...