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The ASEAN Community – Towards a More Rules-Based Organisation?
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ASEAN Finance Ministers and central bankers have wrapped up the 20th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Laos. Plans and deadlines to develop ASEAN’s post-2015 financial integration featured prominently on the agenda. As ASEAN takes steps to realise its post-2015 ASEAN Community vision, it is important for...

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ASEAN-Taiwan Relations – What’s Next?
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As Taiwanese citizens head to the polls next year, the newly elected president shoulders the responsibility of setting the tone for the future of cross-strait relations. Even though the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has strong support in the polls, the recent Xi-Ma meeting does suggest...

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The ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) – The Strategic Importance
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Even though the AEC is just three months away from being launched, there has been scepticism associated with ASEAN leaders’ ability to bring the AEC into fruition.  Despite the benefits that the AEC may bring to ASEAN, domestic challenges still remain. In spite of the...

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Myanmar 2015 elections – what to expect?
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This year’s elections mark a significant milestone in Myanmar’s history.  There is a growing thirst for change in Myanmar, and the party that wins the popular vote will be tasked to set the tone for the future of democracy in the country. The future of...

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President Xi Jinping’s White House Visit: Implications for ASEAN
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On September 25, China’s President Xi Jinping will make his first state visit to the United States to meet with President Barack Obama. It is expected that they may discuss both issues of contention and cooperation in Sino-American relations. While ASEAN may not be mentioned,...

3-on-3 Evan Feigenbaum: US needs a robust Southeast Asian strategy

We spoke with Dr. Evan Feigenbaum, Vice Chairman, Paulson Institute and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State. Dr. Feigenbaum gave an evening talk at the SIIA on the subject of "What is the USA's role in Asia's new order?" on 22 July 2015. We asked...

3-on-3 with Cherian George: Singapore’s Future

As the Republic turns 50 years old, questions have arisen on whether Singapore is well-equipped to adapt to emerging challenges both at home and abroad. We spoke to Dr. Cherian George, Associate Professor at the Hong Kong Baptist University, on his views on the changing...

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Navigating Jokowi’s Mixed Signals
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At the APEC meeting in April, Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi) promised lucrative investment prospects in the region’s largest market. Yet, at the Asia-Africa Summit held in Bandung that same month, Jokowi’s tone shifted, urging emerging markets to avoid domination by foreign...