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Diversity and Inclusion: The Role of Social Harmony in National Security

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...

Large States and Small States in a Changing World Order

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...

Beyond FTAs: focusing on NTMs to further aid ASEAN’s trade in goods

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...

CLMV countries must go beyond regional integration

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...

China’s BRI “White Paper”: ASEAN’s highway to prosperity

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...

‘Qatarstrophe’: no cause for panic for ASEAN, at least in the short run

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...

Why does the EU’s recent Resolution on Palm Oil matter to ASEAN?

The European Parliament adopted the Resolution on Palm Oil and Deforestation of Rainforests on 4 April 2017, whose stated aim is to reduce the negative impacts of deforestation due to unsustainable or illegal palm oil production. The Resolution has incited a great deal of controversy...