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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...

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Moon’s Singapore Visit Shifts Strategic Weight to ASEAN
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On 11 July 2018, South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Singapore for a three-day state visit, the first by a South Korean president in fifteen years. Following the historic summit between the United States and North Korea a month ago, Mr. Moon’s visit to...

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The Price of Pollution: Tax as a Flexible Green Policy Tool in ASEAN
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ASEAN’s economy is expected to grow at an estimated 5.1 percent annually, but its energy demand and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will also increase by 67 percent by 2030. To counteract this trend, in December 2017, the Philippines ratified a coal tax in December 2017, after...

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The Case for ASEAN to Embrace Green Growth
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As the ASEAN Chair for 2018, Singapore is focusing on themes of resilience and innovation. In January, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced plans to start some ASEAN projects aimed at strengthening ASEAN’s collective resilience against common threats such as climate change. Climate change,...

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US-China: Trade War or Trade Skirmish?
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The US and China are currently engaged in trade negotiations, but can a deal be struck before the first round of tariffs take effect? On 10 May 2018, we held an evening talk with Amb. Michael W. Michalak, Former US Ambassador to Vietnam and Senior...

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Setting the Record Straight – Singapore’s Role in the BRI
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A year ago, Singapore’s role in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) appeared tenuous at best. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s absence from the May 2017 BRI Summit fuelled speculation that the city-state would be bypassed in China’s grand strategy. However, PM Lee’s visit to China...