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18 Mar Does Sabah merit ASEAN’s attention?

The ongoing conflict in Sabah at first seemed something of a farce when followers of the Sultan of Sulu landed with claims to the territory. But the situation has quickly developed into tragedy. The death toll has passed 60, with losses on both sides. Kuala Lumpur’s...

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07 Feb ASEAN Economic Community Mid Term Report discussion

The 41st ASEAN Economic Ministers Meeting (AEM) held in Bangkok in 2009 requested to the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) to undertake the Comprehensive Mid-Term Review (MTR) of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Blueprint and in providing policy analyses/recommendations to the...

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28 Jan Legal process, political mess?

The legal process begun by the Philippines to challenge claims by China to the South China Sea surprised the region. International arbitration is allowed under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), but the move adds urgency and new elements to...

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23 Jan The right balance

Everyone’s pivoting to Asia, even Asians. After the Barack Obama administration’s rebalancing and Australia’s white-paper pledge to give more emphasis to the region, here comes Japan. The recent visit to Southeast Asia by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe underscores this. Rather than heading to Washington, his...

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21 Jan An EU model for ASEAN?

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) continues its move towards greater institutionalization of the organization’s rules and procedures. An ASEAN Charter was signed on its 40th anniversary (on 20 November 2007) to make it a more rules-based organization. An ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human...

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17 Jan Annual Members’ Circle 2013

The SIIA's Annual Members’ Circle (AMC) is a closed-door event and kept to around 30-40 selected participants to enable free flowing exchange and closer interaction. Held over half a day, discussions revolve around global economics issues and key issues which experts are looking at for...

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03 Jan Singapore and the world, in 2013 and beyond

The optimistic view - if you can call it that - is that crisis will be avoided in 2013. The euro zone remains unsolved and messy, and American politicians have contrived their own financial cliff. But the Europeans have now so repeatedly avoided disaster that this...

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